Hayley Klassen and Laura McIntosh lead Ohio State with three points each
ST. CLOUD, Minn. With three points by senior Hayley Klassen and freshman Laura McIntosh, the Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated St. Cloud State by a score of 3-2 Saturday at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. It is the Buckeyes’ first regular-season win at St. Cloud State since Nov. 15, 2003.
The win improves Ohio State to 3-6-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and 5-6-0 overall. The Huskies are 4-5-2 with a 1-5-1 mark in the conference.
With time winding down in regulation and the game tied at 2-all, sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored her first goal of the season for the gamewinner at 16:23. McIntosh fed the puck from the right of the net to Klassen along the left boards. She passed it over to Reilly who wound up and fired it in on a slap shot from the left hash mark.
St. Cloud State got on the board first at 15:07 of the first period. Holly Roberts picked up the puck off a turnover by the Buckeyes and shot it on goal. Caitlin Hogan scored in the rebound from the slot for a 1-0 lead. Megan McCarthy picked up the second assist.
The Buckeyes responded with two quick goals by Klassen to carry a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Her first was scored at 16:38 when she tapped in a pass across the slot from McIntosh. Fellow rookie Melissa Feste tallied the second assist, her first one as a Buckeye.
Klassen scored her second at 18:46 from the goal crease, set up once again by McIntosh and freshman defenseman Brittany Carlson.
The Huskies evened the score at 11:19 of the second period when Meaghan Pezon scored on a breakaway while on the penalty kill. She was assisted by Danielle Hirsch and Roberts on the first shorthanded goal given up by Ohio State this season.
Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno had a solid performance in net, making several outstanding saves to keep the Buckeyes in the game. The assistant captain from Mount Sinai, N.Y., finished with 28 saves to improve to 5-5-0 this season.
With her three assists, McIntosh, a forward from Waterloo, Ontario, has totaled eight points in the last three games. She leads the team with 16 points (4g, 12a) overall. Klassen, a co-captain from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, posted her second-consecutive three-point performance and has nine points (5g, 4a) this year.
For the game, the Buckeyes and Huskies were each 0-for-4 on the power play. St. Cloud State led in shots, 30-26. The total game time was just 1 hour 49 minutes.
Ohio State and SCSU will conclude their series with a 1 p.m. (CT) game Sunday. Live scoring and video links are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.