Shannon Reilly scores lone Ohio State goal; Liana Bonanno sets OSU single-season saves record with 812
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team closed out the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota State Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes as Maverick goaltender Paige Thunder turned away 32 shots faced.
Ohio State concludes the regular season with a 6-20-2-2 record in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to finish seventh in the conference. The Buckeyes are 8-23-3 overall. Minnesota State is 6-16-5-2 in the league to tie for fifth place and is 10-17-5 overall.
Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 24 saves in the game and became the first netminder in Ohio State history to surpass the 800-save mark in a season with 812.
Minnesota State held a 1-0 lead until the third period with a goal by Maggie Fisher at 14:01 of the first period. She carried the puck in on the right side and then scored low in the slot with assists by Holly Snyder and Kala Buganski.
After a scoreless second period, the Buckeyes came on strong in the third. Ohio State evened the score at 1-all at 7:17 when senior forward Olivia Antognoli dug the puck out from the right corner and passed it over to Reilly at the left hash marks. She wound up and fired the puck in for her fifth goal of the season. The assist was Antognoli’s second of the season with Jenna Kilpatrick picking up the second helper, her first of the year.
The tied score was brief though as Minnesota State regained the lead just nine seconds later. The Mavericks came charging down the ice with Lisa Edman scoring from in front of the net off passes by Snyder and Ida Clark. MSU would hold on to its 2-1 lead to complete its first sweep of the Buckeyes in Columbus.
Overall, Ohio State had a 33-26 advantage in shots, but was 0-of-5 on the power play. Minnesota State was 0-of-1.
Prior to the game, the Buckeyes honored their five seniors – Antognoli, Bonanno, Megan Hostasek, Hayley Klassen and Morgan Marziali.
Up next, the Buckeyes begin postseason play with the First Round WCHA Playoffs. The best-of-three series begins Feb. 27 with opponent, site and game times to be determined.