Ohio State drops 7-0 decision to Wisconsin in Madison
MADISON, Wis. The Ohio State women’s hockey team was defeated by No. 1 Wisconsin, 7-0, in the opening game of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes (6-18-3, 4-15-2-2 WCHA) were held without a goal for the first time in 13 games, since Nov. 14 of this season against nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth.
Wisconsin (23-1-3, 17-1-3-1 WCHA) had three goals in the first period and four in the third period and was held scoreless in the middle. Hilary Knight led the Badgers with four points and Erika Lawler had three with both scoring twice.
The Badgers jumped on the board with two goals in the first two minutes of the game. Lawler opened the scoring on a rebound just 26 seconds into the game and Knight followed at 2:01 with a slap shot from the far side of the left circle. Knight then added another goal at 13:37, scoring from the right side during a scramble around the net.
Three minutes into the game, Ohio State was without its co-captain Hayley Klassen, who was assessed a 5-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind. The Buckeyes killed off what would be their only penalty, holding the NCAA’s top power play (31.6 percent) scoreless for the game.
After no scoring in the second period, Wisconsin added four goals in the third beginning with a backhanded five-hole goal at 3:36 by Lawler. Kyla Sanders scored a shorthanded 2-on-1 goal at 12:00 and Mallory Deluce added a wrist shot from in front of the net at 13:01. The Badgers completed their scoring on a goal by Brittany Haverstock from the top of the left circle at 16:49.
The Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on five power play opportunities in the game. Overall, Wisconsin had a 44-10 advantage in shots.
Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno finished with 37 saves and is 5-14-2 this season. UW’s Jessie Vetter improved to 20-1-3 with 10 saves.
The Buckeyes and Badgers conclude their series Sunday with a noon game at the Kohl Center. Live scoring and video links are available on the women’s hockey page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.