Senior co-captain Morgan Marziali has two-point game with goal and assist
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to St. Cloud State by a score of 3-2 Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes held a two-goal lead at the end of the first period, but the Huskies came back and scores three unanswered goals for the win.
Ohio State moves to 6-15-2 overall and 4-12-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. St. Cloud State is 11-10-2 and now .500 in the conference at 8-8-1-1.
The score was tied at 2-all heading into the third period. At 13:39, Brittany Toor deflected a shot from the right corner of the blue line by Kelly Meierhofer to give the Huskies their first lead of the game and the eventual win. Alecia Anderson had the second assist.
The Buckeyes built a 2-0 lead in the first period. They opened the scoring at 12:19 on a goal by junior Raelyn LaRocque. OSU swarmed the net with senior Morgan Marziali passing the puck in and freshman Melissa Feste tapping it over to LaRocque to get on the board 1-0.
Ohio State added another goal at 14:40. From the right faceoff circle, Marziali tucked the puck just under the crossbar for her sixth goal of the season. She was set up on a pass across the slot by sophomore defenseman Teal Bishop.
The Buckeyes held their lead throughout the second period until the last three minutes when St. Cloud State scored twice for a tie heading into the third. Michelle Moen erased the shutout at 17:21 when she jammed the puck in from the right corner of the net of assists by Sammy Nixon and Jaclyn Daggit.
Brita Schroeder then knotted the score at 2-all, scoring a power play goal with just 54 seconds remaining in the stanza. She shot the puck in from the left side with Caitlin Hogan and Megan McCarthy setting up the goal.
Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 37 saves in the game her second highest total this season but registered the loss to move to 5-11-1. SCSU’s Tayler VanDenakker improved to 4-1-1 with 28 saves.
Overall, St. Cloud State had a 40-30 advantage in shots and was 1-of-7 on the power play. Ohio State was 1-of-5 with the man-advantage
The Buckeyes and Huskies will conclude their series with a 2 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission is free and “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will be held after the game. T-shirts commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Ohio State women’s hockey program also will be handed out to the first 400 fans.