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Freshman forward Jenna Kilpatrick scores game-winning goal

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team bounced back from its two-game skid with a 2-1 nonconference victory against Providence Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Sophomore Michele Tonnessen led the Buckeyes with two points, scoring the opening goal and assisting on Jenna Kilpatrick’s gamewinner. Ohio State improved to 6-5-2 overall (4-4-2 WCHA) while Providence is 2-5-2 (2-2-1 Hockey East).

After a scoreless first period, Tonnessen got the Buckeyes on the board 6:28 into the second stanza. The native of Gahanna, Ohio, blasted the puck in top shelf from along the right boards with assists from sophomore Colleen Olson and freshman Sandy Nelson. It was the first career assist and point as a Buckeye for both.

Ohio State built its lead to 2-0 at 11:00 when Tonnessen waited from behind the net for an open teammate and passed it up to Kilpatrick in front. The rookie from New Prague, Minn., knocked the puck onto the goal and it danced over the line for her second lamplighter of the season. Tonnessen collected her third assist of the year while posted her first career multi-point game.

The Friars cut the OSU lead to one goal at 14:13 when Brittany Simpson scored just as the Buckeyes returned to full strength after killing off a PC power play. That would be as close as Providence would get, though, as junior goaltender Liana Bonanno stopped all 12 shots faced in the third period to secure the win.

For the game, Ohio State had a 40-27 advantage in shots, including an 18-8 margin in the first period. The Buckeyes were 0-for-5 on the power play, but put 12 shots on goal with the man-advantage.

The OSU penalty kill was a perfect 8-for-8. The Buckeyes have held their opponents without a power play goal on 41 of the last 44 chances.

Bonanno, from Mount Sinai, N.Y., made a total of 26 saves to improve her record to 6-4-2. Providence’s Danielle Ciarletta stopped 28 shots and is 1-5-2.

The Buckeyes and Friars will conclude their series Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink. Live scoring for the game is available on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with a link on the women’s hockey schedule page.