Freshmen score all five Buckeye goals in 6-5 loss to the Mavericks
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team came back to tie the game three times in the third period, but Minnesota State regained the lead for the fourth time with 2:56 left and held it for the 6-5 win Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeye freshmen led the way by scoring all five goals, including forward Laura McIntosh’s first-career hat trick in the third period. Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen set up all three of McIntosh’s lamplighters for a three-point night as well.

Four times in the game goals were scored less than a minute apart, including the final two by the Mavericks.
The loss moves Ohio State to 8-22-3 overall with a 6-19-2-2 record in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota State is 9-17-5 and 6-16-5-2 in the league.

The game began with a scoreless first period. The Buckeyes then scored the first goal of the game 3:17 into the second when rookie defenseman Kelly Wild netted her first career goal with a diving shot from the slot. She was assisted by classmate Kim Theut and senior co-captain Morgan Marziali.

Minnesota State responded with three goals to carry a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. They tied the game with a power play goal by Lisa Edman at 9:27 and then tallied two quick goals by Tikkinen at 16:20 and Emilia Anderson at 16:36.

McIntosh opened her three-goal third period with two quick lamplighters. Her first was scored 1:08 into the stanza set up by Klassen and junior defenseman Rachel Davis. McIntosh followed with a second goal to tie the score at 3-all at 3:48 with assists by Klassen and freshman defenseman Brittany Carlson.

The teams exchanged a flurry of goals to close out the game, scoring five in the last seven minutes. Minnesota State began the blitz at 13:20 with a goal by Kala Buganski with McIntosh responding 21 seconds later to complete her hat trick, assisted by Klassen and junior forward Raelyn LaRocque.

Natalie Spooner of the Buckeyes again tied the game at 5-all with a single-assist by Davis, but Minnesota State came roaring back just 16 seconds after on a goal by Maggie Fisher later to take the lead for the final time.

Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 28 saves and is 7-17-2 this season. Paige Thunder stopped 21 shots for Minnesota State and is 4-6-2.

Overall, the Mavericks had a 34-26 advantage in shots. Ohio State was 1-of-3 on the power play and MSU was 2-of-6.

The Buckeyes will conclude their regular season with a series finale against Minnesota State with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to the game, Ohio State will honor its five senior members Bonanno, Klassen, Marziali, Olivia Antognoli and Megan Hostasek.