Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno makes 39 saves for second-consecutive game
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team returned to Columbus for just its third home series of the season, but was unable to capitalize on home ice falling to No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth, 3-0, Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made several outstanding saves, including a sprawling stick save at the goal line in the second period, to post her second-consecutive game with 39 saves.
The Buckeyes (5-8-0, 3-8-0 WCHA) totaled 26 shots in the game, led by sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly with five. They played well but were unable to take advantage of eight power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 advantage in the third period that lasted over a minute and a half.
Defending NCAA champions Minnesota Duluth (5-4-2, 3-4-2 WCHA) scored twice in the first period and capped off their scoring with an empty-netter in the third.
In the opening period, Jaime Rasmussen put the Bulldogs on the board at 6:12 on a one-timer from the top of the slot with assists by Heidi Pelttari and Saara Tuominen. Haley Irwin made it 2-0 at 17:51 when she tapped in a loose puck from the goal crease. Elin Holmlov and Pernilla Winberg tallied the helpers.
With time winding down in the third period, Bonanno was pulled for an extra Buckeye skater. Laura Fridfinnson picked up the puck in the neutral zone and fired it in for the 3-0 final.
Bonanno, an assistant captain from Mount Sinai, N.Y, has made 30 or more saves in six games this season. She is 5-7-0 overall with a .910 save percentage.
Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth will conclude their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission is free and live scoring is available on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.