Hayley Klassen collects assist for second-consecutive four-point series

MANKATO, Minn. The No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team fell by a score of 3-2 Saturday in Mankato, Minn., to drop both games of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Buckeyes move to 5-5-2 overall with a 4-4-2 mark in the conference while the Mavericks are 4-5-1, 4-3-1 in the league.

As the first period was coming to an end, freshman forward Christina Mancuso scored her first career goal to get the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Junior Hayley Klassen passed the puck from just over the blue line to sophomore Raelyn LaRocque in the slot. Facing away from the net, she backhanded it to her left side where Mancuso was waiting and slapped it in at 19:11.

The Mavericks scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the second period to take the lead, but Ohio State was able to even it up at 2-all with a goal at 15:56. While on the power play, Tessa Bonhomme blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that flipped over the goalie and into the net. The goal was the seventh of the season for the native of Sudbury, Ontario. She was assisted by sophomore Rachel Davis, her fourth, and senior Erin Keys, her seventh.

The game remained tied at 2-2 until 18:28 of the third period when Amanda Stohr scored on a breakaway. She shot the puck into the open OSU net after goaltender Liana Bonanno unsuccessfully tried to poke-check the puck away. The 3-2 win for Minnesota State marked the first time the team has swept the Buckeyes in 38 meetings.

For the second weekend in a row, Klassen recorded four points in a WCHA series. Against the Mavericks, the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had a goal and three assists to lead the Buckeyes in the series.

Overall, Ohio State had a 27-24 advantage in shots. Eight of its shots were on the power play as the Buckeyes were 1-of-4 with a perfect 5-of-5 mark on the penalty kill.

Bonanno moved to 5-4-2 this season with 21 saves. MSU’s Britni Kehler stopped 25 shots to improve to 4-5-1.

Ohio State will next return to Columbus to host back-to-back home series at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes open against Providence in a nonconference series, Nov. 16-17. Following that, OSU hosts St. Cloud State, Nov. 23-24. Games for both series begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.