Lisa Chesson leads Ohio State to victory with two goals and an assist

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated St. Cloud State by a score of 4-1 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink for head coach Jackie Barto’s 200th career victory. She is the seventh active coach in the NCAA to reach the milestone and was helped there by senior defenseman Lisa Chesson who had a season-high three points in the victory.

The win, which salvaged a split with the Huskies, improved Ohio State to 8-6-2 with a 5-5-2 record in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. SCSU is 7-5-3 and 5-5-2 as well in the league.

After skating to a scoreless first period in which the Buckeyes had a 12-5 advantage in shots, St. Cloud State got on the scoreboard first 2:26 into the second when Felicia Nelson flicked in a wrist shot for the power play goal.

The Buckeyes responded just 33 seconds later when Mallory Peckels charged toward the SCSU net and jammed in a rebound off a shot by Erin Keys. Freshman defenseman Shannon Reilly picked up the second assist on the goal, her seventh of the season.

It was the first of four unanswered goals for the Buckeyes as Keys tallied another assist at 15:15 when sophomore Rachel Davis scored on the power play. The defenseman from Horton, Mich., blasted a shot from just over the blue line that went in five-hole on Husky netminder Kendall Newell for a 2-1 lead. Davis was assisted by Keys and Chesson.

The two assists by Keys, from St. Paul, Minn., increased her season total to 10 with 20 points overall this year to tie for the Buckeye lead. She has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games, including six points in the last three contests.

Ohio State pulled away in the third period with two goals by Chesson for a 4-1 final. Her first goal came at 11:37 when she scored on the power play, firing the puck from the top of the left circle and sailing into the middle of the net. The native of Plainfield, Ill., was assisted by Davis and junior forward Hayley Klassen.

Chesson scored her second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, at 14:23 when she held in a clearing attempt by the Huskies, picking the puck up along the left boards and scoring almost an identical goal to her first by shooting it into the middle of the net from the top of the left circle. 

Freshman goaltender Deidre Facklis made her first career start and stopped 16 of 17 shots faced. The native of Wilmette, Ill., also recorded her first win and improved to 1-1-0 this season. Newell made 25 saves for St. Cloud State and is 6-4-2.

Overall, the Buckeyes had a 29-17 margin in shots and were 2-of-5 on the power play. SCSU was 1-of-4 with the man-advantage.

Ohio State breaks for a weekend before traveling to Minnesota Duluth, Dec. 8-9 to wrap up the 2007 schedule. The teams will face off at 3:37 p.m. (CT) Saturday and 3:07 p.m. Sunday at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The Buckeyes will then begin the 2008 slate Jan. 4-5 with a WCHA home series against North Dakota.