McIntosh linemates Morgan Marziali and Hayley Klassen each have goal and two assists
GRAND FORKS, N.D. The Buckeye line of Morgan Marziali, Laura McIntosh and Hayley Klassen totaled 10 points, but it was not enough to hold off North Dakota as the Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to the Fighting Sioux, 5-4 in overtime Sunday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
Combined with the UND win from Saturday, it is the first time Ohio State has been swept by the Sioux since the teams began meeting in 2004. The Buckeyes have swept or been swept in all five series this season with an overall record of 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Sioux are 7-2-1 with a 4-1-1 conference record.
With the flurry of eight goals in the first two periods, the teams skated through the third stanza scoreless to send the game into overtime Ohio State’s first overtime game of the season.
Just as fans were thinking the Buckeyes were going to participate in their first shootout of the season, Alyssa Wiebe sealed the North Dakota win with a blast from the right hashmarks with 40.1 seconds remaining for the 5-4 victory.
McIntosh finished the game with two goals and two assists. Marziali and Klassen each scored a goal and added two assists.
The teams scored twice in each of the two periods, exchanging the lead five times. North Dakota got on the board first at 3:42 when Samantha Turner scored on a one-timer from the slot. She was assisted by Stephanie Roy and Marie-Michelle Poirier.
Ohio State tied the score at 1-all at 15:19. UND goaltender Brittany Kirkham tried to make a sprawling save at the front of the goal crease and Klassen tucked the puck in backdoor from the left side. Klassen’s third goal of the season was set up by Marziali and McIntosh.
McIntosh then gave the Buckeyes their first lead at 17:29 when she scored on a wrist shot from the right side during a scramble in front of the net. Klassen and junior Raelyn LaRocque had the assists on the power play goal.
The Fighting Sioux evened the score at 2-all in the closing minute of the first with a power play goal of their own. Melissa Jaques scored five-hole from the top of the slot off a pass by Randi Motsko at 19:04.
At 5:42 of the second period, the line of Marziali, McIntosh and Klassen combined once again. Klassen chipped the puck lose from the blue line up to McIntosh and went on a 2-on-1 with Marziali, who flicked the puck in from the goal crease for her second lamplighter of the season.
The back-and-forth scoring continued when North Dakota knotted the score just seconds later at 6:07. Kelly Lewis scored top-shelf from the right faceoff circle, set up by Poirier and Kelsey Fletcher.
UND took a 4-3 lead on a second power play goal at 12:49 when a Poirier swept the puck past Buckeye netminder Deidre Facklis with assists by Fletcher and Roy.
Senior goalie Liana Bonanno replaced Facklis at 13:13 of the second period. Facklis concluded her 33:13 in net with 14 saves. Bonanno would finish with 15 saves in 31:08 minutes, including overtime.
McIntosh tied the score once again and picked up her fourth point of the game before the closing horn of the second period. The native of Waterloo, Ontario, weaved the puck through the neutral zone and toward the net, beating three Sioux to score low from the slot. Marziali tallied her second assist of the game on the goal.
North Dakota had a 34-25 shot advantage, including 5-1 in overtime. The Buckeyes were 1-of-10 on the power play while the Sioux were 2-of-7.
Ohio State will continue its road swing with a WCHA series against St. Cloud State, Nov. 8-9. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.