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Erin Keys scores twice and adds assist, Tessa Bonhomme ties OSU defenseman scoring record

COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior forward Erin Keys scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Ohio State women’s hockey team to a 4-1 win against Providence Saturday and complete the sweep of the Friars. The sweep was the second of the season for the Buckeyes, who improve to 7-5-2 overall (4-4-2 WCHA) while Providence falls to 2-6-2 (2-2-1 Hockey East).

The two wins by Ohio State increased head coach Jackie Barto’s career total to 199. She is one victory shy from becoming just the seventh active Division I coach to reach the 200-win milestone. Barto, in her 13th season, has a career record of 199-201-40 with a 129-148-30 record in nine years at Ohio State.

Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme, the team captain from Sudbury, Ontario, had an assist in the game to up her season assists to 12 and her team-leading point total to 19. The helper was her 102nd career point, tying the Ohio State record for defenseman scoring with former defensive partner Amber Bowman (2004-07).

The teams exchanged goals in the first period for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. Ohio State scored first at 4:52 when Bonhomme passed the puck up into the zone where Keys picked it up behind the net. She then backhanded it up to senior Mallory Peckels in the slot, who scored on a one-timer.

Providence evened up the game at 8:06 when Mari Pehkonen scored from the left side of the slot on a pass from Brittany Simpson. That would be the lone goal for the Friars as junior goaltender Liana Bonanno stopped 31 of 32 shots faced, including 12 PC power play shots, in the victory.

In the second period, the top line for the Buckeyes combined to give OSU a 2-1 lead. Peckels and junior Morgan Marziali fed the puck down the boards to Keys at the bottom of the right circle. The St. Paul, Minn., native faked like she was going to pass, but fired the puck into the back of the Friar net for her first of two goals.

The Buckeyes added two goals in the third period to secure the victory. At 12:35, freshman Christina Mancuso scored her second goal of the season on a scramble in front of the net, with junior Hayley Klassen and sophomore Raelyn LaRocque picking up the assists.

While the third period was winding down, Providence pulled its goalie with just over a minute left for an extra skater. Ohio State was assessed a penalty with 13 seconds left to give PC a 6-on-4 advantage, but Keys picked up the loose puck from Bonanno and sailed it across the ice into the empty net for a 4-1 final.

The assist for Bonanno was the second of her career while improving to 7-4-2 in net. With her three-point performance, Keys increased her season total to 17 with nine goals and eight assists. Peckels, from Minocqua, Wis., now has 10 points on four goals and six assists.

For the game, Providence had a 32-22 advantage in shots, but was 0-of-7 on the power play. The Ohio State power play was 0-of-3. For the series, the Buckeyes were a perfect 15-of-15 on the penalty kill.

Ohio State will next return to conference action when it hosts St. Cloud State in a WCHA series, Nov. 23-24. Games begin Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.