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Buckeyes pull away with three goals in the third period at the OSU Ice Rink
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored twice to lead the Ohio State women’s hockey team to a 4-1 victory against North Dakota Friday in the first game of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the OSU Ice Rink. Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno stopped 27 of 28 shots faced to backstop the Buckeyes to the win.

The win improved Ohio State to 7-19-3 overall with a 5-16-2-2 mark in the WCHA. North Dakota is 13-12-4 and 9-11-3-0 in the conference.

With the score tied at 1-all heading into the third, the Buckeyes pulled away with three goals in the final stanza for their first regulation win of 2009.

Reilly scored twice on the power play both were five-hole goals from the top of the slot. Her first came at 6:22 with assists from freshmen Kelly Wild and Kim Theut. The second was scored at 17:15, set up by freshman Laura McIntosh and senior co-captain Hayley Klassen.

Freshman forward Natalie Spooner then sealed the win with an empty netter at 19:47 with junior defenseman Rachel Davis and Bonanno feeding her the puck up the ice.

After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals in the second for a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes. Ohio State got on the board first at 13:45 when senior defenseman Megan Hostasek fired a boomer from the blue line that was blocked in front of the net. McIntosh flicked in the loose puck top-shelf. Sophomore defenseman Sandy Nelson picked up the second assist.

The Fighting Sioux responded with a power play goal at 16:13. Randi Motsko scored from the left side while charging toward the net with assists from Alyssa Wiebe and Stephanie Roy.

Overall, Ohio State was 2-of-6 on the power play and 9-of-10 on the penalty kill. The Buckeyes had a 32-28 advantage in shots.

Bonanno’s win improved her season record to 6-14-2. UND’s Brittany Kirkham made 28 saves to move to 7-7-3.

Ohio State and North Dakota conclude their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Autograph and “Skate with the Buckeyes” sessions will follow. Live scoring links will be available on the women’s hockey page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.