Terriers hold onto lead after three-goal outburst in the opening half of first period
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team opened the second half of its season with a 5-3 loss to No. 9 Boston University in a nonconference game Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes cut the Terriers’ lead to two goals three times, but were never able to recover from a 3-0 deficit in opening half of the first period.

The loss moves Ohio State to 6-12-1 (4-9-1-1 WCHA) while Boston University improves to 9-5-4 (3-2-3-3 Hockey East).

The Terriers came out firing and built a quick three-goal lead in the first period. Sarah Russell opened the scoring with a power play goal just 2:15 into the game when her shot from the top of the left circle rattled in off the right post.

Jillian Kirchner then stole the puck and fired a shot that flipped over the shoulder of OSU goaltender Deidre Facklis at 9:14. Jenelle Kohanchuck added another power play goal at 11:21, scoring from the right doorstep. She would finish with three points (1g, 2a) in the game.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal of their own at 14:43. Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly blasted a shot from the top of the slot that was tipped by senior co-captain Hayley Klassen and jammed in by junior defenseman Rachel Davis from the left side of the net.  

Moments from the end of the first period, Melissa Anderson scored from the slot with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the Terriers a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.

Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno started the second period for the Buckeyes. Facklis finished her 20 minutes with eight saves.

Ohio State again cut the BU lead to two goals early in the second period when freshman Kim Theut scored just 1:28 into the period. Junior Raelyn LaRocque centered the puck from along the right boards and Theut flicked it in while skating through the slot.

Lauren Cherewyk regained the three-goal lead for Boston University when she and Melissa Anderson capitalized on a 2-on-1 breakaway at 12:10.

In the third period, the Buckeyes cut the score to 5-3 on junior forward Michele Tonnessen’s first goal of the season. Her wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle fluttered in off passes by freshman Laura McIntosh and Reilly.

With 1:04 left in the game, Ohio State pulled Bonanno for an extra attacker put was unable to take advantage of the 6-on-5 in the closing minute.

Overall, Ohio State was 1-of-4 while Boston University was 2-of-5 on the power play. The Buckeyes had a 31-30 advantage in shots.

Bonanno finished with 17 saves and one goal allowed in the final two periods. Facklis picked up the loss to move to 1-3-1. BU’s Allyse Wilcox improved to 6-4-3 with 28 saves.

The Buckeyes and Terriers will conclude their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission is free. Ohio State will then sign autographs pregame and the captains will drop the puck at the men’s game vs. Clarkson at 8 p.m. at Value City Arena.