Laura McIntosh sets up two goals, Hayley Klassen also scores for the Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior co-captains Morgan Marziali and Hayley Klassen each scored for the Buckeyes, but it was not enough as the Ohio State women’s hockey team dropped the second game of a WCHA series to St. Cloud State, 4-3, Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Huskies swept the weekend with two one-goal wins to move to 9-8-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and 12-10-2 overall. The Buckeyes are 4-13-1-1 in the league, 6-16-2 overall.
St. Cloud State built a quick 2-0 lead, scoring twice in a 26-second span. Caitlin Hogan got the Huskies on the board at 12:30 when she tipped in a shot from the blue line by Jaclyn Daggit with Danielle Hirsch picking up the second assist. Hogan then set up Megan McCarthy for a breakaway goal at 12:56.
Ohio State cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission with a goal by Klassen at 13:12. She scored on her own rebound in front of the net after a pass by freshman Laura McIntosh.
The Huskies regained their two-goal lead 4:06 into the second period. Michelle Moen stripped the puck from Ohio State while on the penalty kill and scored five-hole for the shorthanded goal.
Ohio State scored answered with a power play goal at 9:25 to move the score to 3-2. Sophomore defenseman Teal Bishop fired a shot from the top of the left circle and Marziali tipped it into the goal.
As the second period entered its last minute, the Huskies rushed the net and scored for a 4-2 lead at the end of two. Felicia Nelson scored on assists by McCarthy and Hogan.
The Buckeyes had several scoring opportunities in the third and outshot SCSU 13-4, but were only able to score once for the 4-3 final. Marziali tallied her second goal of the game at 5:51 when she tapped in a soft pass by McIntosh while she was on her knees. Freshman forward Natalie Spooner had the second assist.
McIntosh had a chance to tie the game at 15:52 when she was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked while trying to score on a breakaway. St. Cloud State goaltender Ashley Nixon turned away the low shot to maintain her team’s lead.
For the game, both teams were 0-of-4 on the power play. Nixon finished with 30 saves and is 8-9-1 this season. Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 19 saves and is 5-12-1.
With her two assists, McIntosh increased her team-leading point total to 29 with a Buckeye-best 22 assists.
Marziali finished with four points on the weekend, scoring three goals and adding an assist.
Up next, Ohio State hits the road with back-to-back conference series, beginning with a trip to Bemidji State, Jan. 23-24. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse.