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Feb. 11, 2007

Box Score

MADISON, Wis. – The No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team scored twice in the third period, but fell short of completing the rally with a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Wisconsin Sunday in Madison, Wis. Juniors Erin Keys and Tessa Bonhomme each had a goal and an assist and senior Amber Bowman picked up an assist to tie the Ohio State record for career points for a defenseman with 99. The Buckeyes move to 16-12-4 overall and 11-11-4 in the WCHA. Wisconsin is 27-1-4, 21-1-4 in the league.

Ohio State is currently tied for fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Minnesota State at 26 points. The Buckeyes will host the Mavericks next weekend at the OSU Ice Rink in a battle for home ice during the first round of the WCHA championship playoffs.

After trailing 3-0, Ohio State erased the shutout in the opening minutes of the third period, scoring just after a power play opportunity expired. Five seconds after the Badgers returned to full strength, Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves) tucked in the rebound off a shot from the left circle by Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill./Chicago Mission) at 1:28 to move the score to 3-1.

With the goal, Bonhomme extended her point streak to four games and has a point in 11 of the last 12 games. Keys (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) picked up the second assist. The goal was Bonhomme’s 14th, while Chesson and Keys recorded their 21st and 23rd helpers, respectively.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to 3-2 with a power play goal at 12:47. This time Keys scored the goal, jamming the puck into the net for her team-leading 18th lamplighter of the year. Bowman (Innisfil, Ontario/Beatrice Jr. Aeros) had the first assist, firing the puck on goal from the top of the slot, and Bonhomme picked up the second helper. The assists were Bowman’s team-leading 27th of the season while Bonhomme recorded her 20th.

The assist increased Bowman’s career point total to 99, tying her with Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) for the Ohio State record for points by a defenseman. Bowman is just one point shy of becoming only the third Buckeye in program history to reach the 100-point milestone. The assist also was Bowman’s 71st of her career, moving her to second all-time in the OSU record books.

With :55 remaining in regulation and facing a 4-on-4 opportunity, Ohio State took a timeout. Looking to pull goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) for an extra skater, the Buckeyes were unable to get the puck out of their zone as the last seconds ticked off for a 3-2 final.

Wisconsin scored twice in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Badgers got on the board at 7:06 when Meghan Duggan flicked the puck into the top left corner of the net. Bobbi-Jo Slusar then scored on a slap shot from the top of the slot at 9:21.

The Badgers increased their lead to 3-0 with a goal just 3:36 into the second period when Sara Bauer tapped in a pass from Jinelle Zaugg. The Buckeyes were able to hold Wisconsin scoreless during a prime scoring opportunity, killing off a 5-on-3 man-advantage that lasted 1:43.

Wisconsin had a 37-27 advantage in shots for the game. The Buckeyes were 1-of-3 on the power play while holding the Badgers scoreless, 0-of-6, with the man-advantage.

Vanderveer finished with 34 saves and is 14-9-3. It was her eighth game of the year with 30 or more saves. Christine Dufour of the Badgers had 25 saves and is 13-0-1.

With her two points, Keys increased her season point total to 41. She is just the fourth Buckeye to score 40 or more points in a single season and currently stands at fifth in the OSU season records.

Ohio State will conclude its regular-season slate with a home series against Minnesota State, Feb. 16-17. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State will honor its five seniors – Bowman, Vanderveer, Katie Maroney, Lacey Schultz and Krysta Skarda – prior to the game Saturday.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Women’s Hockey #9 Ohio State vs #2 Wisconsin (Feb 11, 2007 at Madison, Wis.)

Ohio State (16-12-4, 11-11-4) vs. Wisconsin (27-1-4, 21-1-4) Date: Feb 11, 2007 Location: Madison, Wis. Arena: Kohl Center Attendance:1426 Start time:11:07 am End time:1:07 pm Total time:2:00

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 0 0 2 – 2 Wisconsin……….. 2 1 0 – 3

1st period – 1, WIS, Duggan, Meghan/21 (Mikkelson,Meaghan/30, Bauer,Sara/36) 7:06. 2, WIS, Slusar,Bobbi-Jo/11 (Bauer,Sara/37, Duggan, Meghan/20) 9:21. Penalties – Erin Keys, OSU (checking) 20:00.

2nd period – 3, WIS, Bauer,Sara/21 (Zaugg,Jinelle/17, Duggan, Meghan/21) 3:36. Penalties – Morris,Emily, WIS (hooking) 8:33; Hayley Klassen, OSU (slashing) 12:46; Shelby Aldous, OSU (cross-checking) 13:03; Rachel Davis, OSU (cth roughing) 16:43; Hagen,Kayla, WIS (tripping) 19:23.

3rd period – 4, OSU, Tessa Bonhomme/14 (Lisa Chesson/21, Erin Keys/23) 1:28. 5, OSU, Erin Keys/18 (Amber Bowman/27, Tessa Bonhomme/20) 12:47 (pp). Penalties – Tessa Bonhomme, OSU (interference) 6:27; Tessa Bonhomme, OSU (interference) 10:14; Giles, Jasmine, WIS (cth roughing) 12:05; Lacey Schultz, OSU (hitting from behind) 19:05; Lawler,Erika, WIS (hitting from behind) 19:05.

Shots on goal – OSU 7-7-13 27; WIS 12-15-10 37.

Power plays – OSU 1 of 3; WIS 0 of 6.

Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); WIS 4 (8 min).

Goalies – OSU, Erika Vanderveer (60:00 minutes, 37 shots-34 saves); WIS, Dufour,Christine (60:00, 27-25).

Penalty shots – None.

A-1426 T-2:00 Three stars: 1. None 2. None 3. None Referee:Leah Wrazdilo Linesman:Erin Blair; Andrea Sable

OSU timeout at 19:05 of the third period.