Feb. 24, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team advanced to the WCHA Playoff Championships on an overtime goal by junior defenseman Lisa Chesson for a 5-4 victory over Minnesota State Saturday at OSU Ice Rink. The win completed the sweep of the Mavericks and the Buckeyes advance to the conference semifinals for the first time under the league’s new playoff format.
Ohio State improves to 20-12-4 overall (13-11-4 WCHA), the first time the team has reached the 20-win mark in program history. Minnesota State concludes its season at 16-17-3 (12-14-2 overall).
Also scoring for the Buckeyes were sophomore Hayley Klassen (Warman, Saskatchewan/College of Notre Dame), who recorded her first career hat trick, and senior defenseman Lacey Schultz (Kelvington, Saskatchewan/College of Notre Dame), who scored her first goal in 144 career games. Junior Shelby Aldous (LaSalle, Ontario/Windsor Wildcats) set up all three of Klassen’s goals to set a career-high for assists in a game.
With the score tied at 4-all after two periods, the Buckeyes and Mavericks played a scoreless third period to send the game into overtime, the sixth overtime session for OSU in the last 15 games. In the 20-minute extra session, the Buckeyes controlled the puck the majority of the opening minutes, firing 12 shots while holding the Mavericks to one.
At 8:59 of overtime, junior Erin Keys (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) won a faceoff in the MSU zone and passed the puck to Chesson (Plainfield, Ill./Chicago Mission) at the top of the left circle. Chesson wound up and blasted the puck past Maverick goaltender Britni Kehler into the back of the net at 9:03 for her third gamewinner of the season and 13th overall.
The first two periods of the game were filled with back-and-forth scoring, with Ohio State building four one-goal leads and Minnesota State responding all four times. Klassen opened the scoring with a power play goal just 2:46 into the game. After Lindsay Macy of the Mavericks responded at 6:46, Klassen nabbed her second goal at 11:54.
Noelle Needham wrapped the puck around the OSU goal and tucked it in past senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) at 13:09 to even the score at 2-all. Ohio State responded in the final minute of the stanza when Schultz charged toward the MSU goal and jammed in a rebound off a shot by junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves) at 19:53 to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 edge heading into the first intermission.
Just 3:31 into the second period, Kala Buganski knotted the score at 3-all when she tipped in a shot by Shera Vis. Klassen completed her hat trick and regained the one-goal lead for the Buckeyes at 9:34 when she skated through the slot with her stick down and redirected in a slap shot by sophomore defenseman Megan Hostasek (Kimberley, British Columbia/Warner School). The hat trick was Ohio State’s second in as many weeks as Klassen increased her season goal total to 10. Aldous picked up the second assist on the goal, her third of the game and 15th of the season.
Kristina Bunker responded for the fourth time for Minnesota State, evening the score at 4-4 at 11:07 when her shot trickled down the slot and past Vanderveer, five-hole.
Overall, Ohio State had a 47-38 advantage in shots and was 1-of-1 on the power play. Minnesota State was 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.
With 34 saves, Vanderveer improved to 18-9-3 to tie the Ohio State record for goaltender wins in a season. It was her ninth game this year with 30 or more saves. Kehler finished with 42 saves and was 16-14-2 on the season.
The win over the Mavericks was the eighth in the row for the Buckeyes and sixth this season. Five of the six games this year were decided by one goal, with OSU winning twice in overtime.
Ohio State will next travel to Minneapolis to compete in the WCHA Playoff Championships, held at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus March 3-4. Game time and opponent for the semifinal matchup will be determined when the first round playoff series are completed this weekend.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Women’s Hockey Minnesota State vs #9 Ohio State (Feb 24, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)
Minnesota State (16-17-3, 12-14-2) vs. Ohio State (20-12-4, 13-11-4) Date: Feb 24, 2007 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: OSU Ice Rink Attendance:314 Start time:4:07 pm End time:6:44 PM Total time:2:36
Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Tot ————————————- Minnesota State….. 2 2 0 0 – 4 Ohio State………. 3 1 0 1 – 5
1st period – 1, OSU, Hayley Klassen/8 (Shelby Aldous/13, Morgan Marziali/12) 2:46 (pp). 2, MSU, Lindsay Macy/16 (Kala Buganski/10) 6:46. 3, OSU, Hayley Klassen/9 (Shelby Aldous/14) 11:54. 4, MSU, Noelle Needham/10 13:09 (pp). 5, OSU, Lacey Schultz/1 (Tessa Bonhomme/22) 19:53. Penalties – Richelle St. Croix, MSU (roughing) 1:02; Katie Maroney, OSU (o-hooking) 12:11.
2nd period – 6, MSU, Kala Buganski/5 (Shera Vis/12) 3:31. 7, OSU, Hayley Klassen/10 (Megan Hostasek/8, Shelby Aldous/15) 9:34. 8, MSU, Kristina Bunker/8 (Jodi Helminen/12) 11:07. Penalties – Tessa Bonhomme, OSU (hooking) 15:57; Amber Bowman, OSU (tripping) 19:38.
3rd period – Penalties –
OT period – 9, OSU, Lisa Chesson/13 (Erin Keys/26) 9:03. Penalties – Morgan Marziali, OSU (roughing) 3:19; Shera Vis, MSU (roughing) 3:19.
Shots on goal – MSU 10-19-8-1 38; OSU 14-13-7-13 47.
Power plays – MSU 1 of 3; OSU 1 of 1.
Penalties – MSU 2 (4 min); OSU 4 (8 min).
Goalies – MSU, Britni Kehler 16-14-2 (69:03 minutes, 47 shots-42 saves); OSU, Erika Vanderveer 18-9-3 (69:03, 38-34).
Penalty shots – None.
A-314 T-2:36 Three stars: 1. Lisa Chesson 2. Hayley Klassen 3. Shelby Aldous Referee:Jay Mendel Linesman:Alicia Hanrahan; Kristine Langley Win-Erika Vanderveer (18-9-3). Loss-Britni Kehler (16-14-2). ID-445927 Ohio State advances to WCHA Playoff Championships