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Erin Keys and Tessa Bonhomme lead team with three points apiece

COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated Bemidji State, 6-2, Friday at the OSU Ice Rink to extend its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-0-1 mark in that span. Overall, the Buckeyes improve to 4-3-2 overall with a 3-2-2 record in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Bemidji State is 0-6-1 overall and in the WCHA conference.

Ten Buckeyes recorded a point in the game, led by seniors Erin Keys (2g, 1a) and Tessa Bonhomme (3a) with three points each. Also collecting multiple points were Jenna Kilpatrick and Mallory Peckels with a goal and assist and Hayley Klassen with two goals.

After falling behind 1-0 8:49 into the game, Kilpatrick scored her first career goal at 14:36 to knot the score at 1-all heading into the first intermission. The freshman forward from New Prague, Minn., fired the puck from the top of the left circle with Bonhomme and sophomore Michele Tonnessen picking up the assists.

Ohio State pulled away from Bemidji State in the second period with three goals, including two in the opening two minutes. Klassen tallied her first of two goals just 52 seconds into the period. The forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle after picking the puck up for Bonhomme. Junior Liana Bonanno had the second assist on the goal for the first career point of the goaltender from Mount Sinai, N.Y.

At 1:53, Keys built the OSU lead to 3-1 when she fired in the puck from the slot after getting a pass from behind the net by rookie defenseman Teal Bishop and Kilpatrick. Peckels added another goal to the Buckeye lead at 8:50 when she tapped in the puck after charging toward the net with Keys. Bonhomme got the second assist on the goal, her third helper of the game.

Ohio State added two more goals in the third period, with Keys scoring again at 2:13 on the rebound off a shot from junior Morgan Marziali with Peckels sending the puck up to Marziali for the second assist. Klassen capped off the Buckeye scoring with a stellar goal at 4:14. After getting the puck off a pass from freshman defenseman Shannon Reilly, Klassen beat a BSU defenseman and skated up the ice. She deked the goalie, pulled the puck to her backhand and tucked it in five-hole for her second goal of the game and fourth of the season.

The Beavers added a power play goal at 17:51 for a 6-2 final. Eva Schwaerzler scored from the left faceoff circle off passes from Erin Cody and Ashley Leopold.

With her three assists, Bonhomme increased her team-leading point total to 13. It was the fifth multiple-point game for the defenseman from Sudbury, Ontario. She also upped her season assists to seven to lead the Buckeyes. Bonhomme is just four points away from reaching the 100-point milestone.

Keys ranks second on team scoring with 10 points and is tied with Bonhomme for the lead with six goals. With her assists, the St. Paul, Minn., native recorded her 80th career point and now has 41 goals and 40 assists. Keys also was plus-5 in the game.

Overall, Ohio State had a 45-23 advantage in shots, firing 17 on in both the second and third periods. The Buckeyes were 0-of-3 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill, including holding the Beavers scoreless on a five-minute power play.

Bonanno patrolled the OSU net for a little over two periods and made 12 saves with one goal allowed. Senior netminder Jill Mauch played the final 15:46 for her first minutes of the season and made nine saves with one goal allowed as well. Bonanno picked up the win to move to 4-3-2 this season.

In net for the Beavers, Emily Brookshaw stopped 24 shots with four goals allowed in the first two periods. Jennifer Bauer entered the game at the start of the third period and made 15 saves in the stanza.

Ohio State and Bemidji State will conclude their conference series Saturday. The game begins at 7:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.