Senior collects 103rd career point for OSU defenseman scoring record

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to St. Cloud State by a score of 4-1 Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme tallied an assist on the Buckeye goal to claim the Ohio State record for defenseman scoring, but that would be the lone highlight for the team as it dropped to 7-5-2 overall and 4-5-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Huskies moved to 8-4-3 overall, 5-4-2 in the league.

Ohio State opened the scoring with a goal 3:08 into the first period, but St. Cloud State responded with three goals, including two in the 15th minute, to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The Buckeye goal was scored by Erin Keys when she backhanded in a rebound from the left corner of the net. It was the 10th lamplighter of the season for the senior from St. Paul, Minn., with assists from fellow seniors Bonhomme and Mallory Peckels.

The helper by Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, was her 103rd career point to set the Ohio State record for defenseman scoring. She surpassed former defensive partner Amber Bowman (2004-07) for the record and now ranks third all-time in overall scoring. The assist also was the 70th of her career.

The Huskies increased their lead to 4-1 in the second period, where it would remain final, when Holly Roberts scored top-shelf on a 2-on-1 with a pass from Sammy Nixon at 16:46.

Both teams fired seven shots on goal in the third period, but were unable to add to their scores. Overall, St. Cloud State had a 32-31 edge in shots and was 1-of-6 with on the power play. The Buckeyes were 0-of-2 with the man-advantage.

Junior goaltender Liana Bonanno totaled 28 saves in the game, including 10 against the power play. The Mount Sinai, N.Y., native fell to 7-5-2 this season. SCSU netminder Kendall Newell had 30 saves and is 6-3-2.

The Buckeyes and Huskies will conclude their WCHA series Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.