Junior Hayley Klassen tallies three points on a goal and two assists
MANKATO, Minn. Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme reached the 100-point milestone and junior Hayley Klassen had three points, but it was not enough for the No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to Minnesota State by a score of 8-3 Friday in Mankato, Minn. The defeat snaps the Buckeyes’ five-game unbeaten streak as they move to 5-4-2 overall with a 4-3-2 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota State is 3-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the league.
With two assists in the game, Bonhomme increased her career point total to 100. The captain from Sudbury, Ontario, is just the fourth Buckeye to reach the milestone and only the fourth defenseman in WCHA history to achieve the mark. She now ranks fourth in career scoring in the Ohio State record books and her 68 assists are fourth all-time as well.
Ohio State trailed 4-1 after the first period, with the Mavericks scoring two even-strength goals, one on the power play and one shorthanded. Down by three, the Buckeyes got on the board with a power play goal at 11:10. From the top of the left circle, Bonhomme passed the puck to Klassen in the slot. She turned and fed it over to Erin Keys waiting at the doorstep of the right side of the net, who hit it in for her seventh lamplighter of the season. A total of six penalties, three on each team, were called in the first 10 minutes of the opening stanza.
Each team scored once in the second period for a 5-2 Minnesota State lead after two. Ohio State scored on the power play 4:10 into the period to cut the lead to two goals. Bonhomme kept the play alive, plucking a clearing attempt out of the air at the point and hitting it into the zone from her knees. Klassen picked up the pass and tapped the puck over to senior forward Mallory Peckels at the right crease who knocked it in for her third goal of the season.
The Mavericks scored at 16:06 to regain their three-goal lead as Kristina Bunker brought the puck into the zone and shot it from the right circle into the left corner of the net.
Minnesota State added its second power play goal at 7:49 of the third period to up its lead to 6-2. The Buckeyes responded with a power play goal of their own, their third of the game, at 11:59 to return the MSU lead to three goals. Sophomore Rachel Davis hit the puck toward the net from the point with Keys picking up the pass and firing a shot on net. Klassen then grabbed the rebound and jammed the puck into the goal.
The goal for Klassen was her third point of the game. The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, upped her season total to 10 with six goals and four assists in the last seven games. With her goal and assist, Keys, from St. Paul, Minn., increased her season totals to 13 points, seven goals and six assists.
The Mavericks added two more goals in a minute span for an 8-3 final. Ida Clark scored at 16:03, followed by Brittany Mackley at 16:46.
For the game, Ohio State had a 32-31 edge in shots with 3-for-4 performance on the power play. The Mavericks were 2-fo-7 with the man-advantage.
Junior goaltender Liana Bonanno totaled 23 saves in the game to move to 5-3-2 this season. Britni Kehler of Minnesota State had 29 saves and is 3-5-1.
The Buckeyes and Mavericks will conclude their two-game series Saturday with a 3:07 p.m. (CT) game at All Seasons Arena. Live scoring for the event is available through a link on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official Web site of Ohio State athletics.