Feb. 9, 2007
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to No. 2 Wisconsin by a score of 5-2 Friday in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes led 2-0 in the first period, but the Badgers rallied with five unanswered goals for the victory. Ohio State moves to 16-11-4 overall and 11-10-4 in the WCHA. Wisconsin, the league’s regular-season champion, is 20-1-4 in the conference and 26-1-4 overall.
Ohio State scored twice in the first period but the Badgers tallied a shorthanded goal to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission. Sophomore defenseman Megan Hostasek (Kimberley, British Columbia/Warner School) passed the puck across the neutral zone to junior Erin Keys (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) who carried it into the UW zone. While skating toward the net, Keys flicked the puck across to sophomore Morgan Marziali (St. Mary’s, Ontario/London Devilettes) who was waiting at the backdoor and tapped it into the goal at 10:10 for her 13th lamplighter of the year. The assists were Keys’ 21st and Hostasek’s seventh.
The Buckeyes doubled their lead just minutes later when junior Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves) passed the puck along the boards to Keys. From behind the net, Keys shot the puck up to senior Amber Bowman (Innisfil, Ontario/Beatrice Jr. Aeros) who fired it into the back of the goal at 12:26. The goal was the eighth of the year for Bowman while Keys and Bonhomme picked up their 22nd and 19th assists, respectively.
Wisconsin cut the OSU lead to one at 17:50 when Sara Bauer scored on a breakaway while the Badgers were on the penalty kill. It was the first shorthanded goal the Buckeyes had given up all season.
The Badgers erased the one-goal deficit 7:39 into the second period when Bauer tallied her second goal of the game, this time backhanding the puck in while on the power play. She was assisted by Jinelle Zaugg. The game remained tied at 2-2 heading into the second intermission with Ohio State holding a 21-10 advantage in shots.
Wisconsin took the lead for the first time at 4:24 of the third period when Angie Keseley knocked in a loose rebound off a shot from Bobbi-Jo Slusar for the power play goal. The Badgers increased the score to 4-2 when Erika Lawler scored five-hole at 14:17.
Ohio State took a timeout with 18:05 remaining in regulation and pulled goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) for an extra skater. Wisconsin capitalized on the empty net with Zaugg adding a goal at 19:07 for a final score of 5-2.
Overall, Ohio State had 23 shots while Wisconsin totaled 20. The Buckeyes were 0-of-6 on the power play and the Badgers were 2-of-4. Vanderveer finished with 15 saves and is 14-8-3. UW netminder Jessie Vetter had 21 saves and is 14-1-3.
The Buckeyes and Badgers will conclude their season series with an 11:07 a.m. (CT) game Sunday at the Kohl Center.