Senior defenseman Lisa Chesson scores twice in the victory; Tessa Bonhomme collects five assists in the series

COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team completed its first sweep of the season with a 6-1 win against Bemidji State Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The two victories against the Beavers improve the Buckeyes’ season record to 5-3-2 with a 4-2-2 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Ohio State is 4-0-1 in its last five games. Bemidji State falls to 0-7-1 on the season and in the conference.

Four Buckeyes recorded two points, led by senior defenseman Lisa Chesson with two goals. Ohio State scored three goals in the first period to build a lead and extended on it with three more goals in the second period.

Junior forward Hayley Klassen scored her third goal of the weekend to put the Buckeyes on the board 8:57 into the first period. After picking up the puck on a pass from Christina Mancuso from along with boards, the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, charged toward the BSU net shot it in for her fifth lamplighter of the season. The assist by Mancuso, a freshman forward from Toronto, Ontario, was her first point as a Buckeye and sophomore Raelyn LaRocque had the second assist on the goal, the second of the season for the forward from The Pas, Manitoba.

A trio of defensemen combined to score on the power play at 13:15 to build the lead to 2-0. From the top of the left circle, Chesson rifled a one-timer top-shelf on passes from sophomore Rachel Davis and senior Tessa Bonhomme.

The Buckeyes upped the score to 3-0 just before the first intermission at 18:09. Senior forward Erin Keys passed the puck to freshman defenseman Shannon Reilly at the top of the slot. Reilly blasted a shot toward the Beaver net that was batted down by junior forward Morgan Marziali into the back of the goal. It was the second point of the series for Marziali and Reilly and the fourth for Keys.

In the second period, Bonhomme collected her second helper of the game on an OSU goal at 9:38. While she shot the puck toward the net, it bounced off a Bemidji State player. LaRocque knocked in the deflection for her first goal of the season. Klassen registered the second assist on the goal.

Chesson lit the lamp for the second time in the game unassisted at 15:13 when a low shot rattled into the back of the Beaver net. The final Ohio State goal came at 18:38 when sophomore Michele Tonnessen jammed the puck in during a scramble in front of the net. The Gahanna, Ohio, native scored her second goal of the year on assists by junior Olivia Antognoli and freshman Jenna Kilpatrick.

The lone Bemidji State goal came 8:30 into the third period when Annie Bauerfield scored from the slot over the right shoulder of OSU netminder Deidre Facklis.

Overall in the game, Ohio State had a 42-21 advantage in shots, including 34 shots over the first two periods. The Buckeyes were 1-of-5 on the power play and a perfect 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

Starting in net for the Buckeyes was junior Liana Bonanno and she stopped all 11 shots faced in the first 40 minutes. Facklis entered the game at the start of the third period and made nine saves with one goal allowed. Bonanno registered the win to improve to 5-3-2 this season. Jennifer Bauer got the loss, allowing all six goals with 28 saves.

In the sweep of Bemidji State, Bonhomme led the Buckeyes with five assists for five points. Klassen (3g, 1a) and Keys (2g, 2a) had four points. A total of 10 OSU players had multiple points in the series and 15 Buckeyes registered a point. Ohio State outscored the Beavers 12-3 in the two games.