Buckeyes force overtime with 44 seconds left on Shannon Reilly goal, Natalie Spooner scores in shootout for the win
BEMIDJI, Minn. The Ohio State women’s hockey team never held the lead in the 3-3 tie, but picked up two points with a 1-0 shootout victory against Bemidji State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game Friday at the John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn. With 44 seconds left in regulation, sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored to force overtime and freshman forward Natalie Spooner netted the shootout goal.

The tie snaps Ohio State’s losing streak at four games and moves the team’s record to 6-16-3 overall and 4-13-2-2 in the WCHA. Bemidji State, who picked up one point in the shootout, is 5-17-3 and 2-16-1-0 in the conference.

With 1:25 remaining in the third period, the Buckeyes called timeout and pulled senior goaltender Liana Bonanno for an extra skater. The move proved successful when Hayley Klassen chipped the puck from along the boards to Spooner up top. She passed the puck over to Reilly at the top of the left circle who wound up and fired the puck through traffic and past BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova with 44 seconds left in the game.

After a scoreless 5-minute overtime session, Ohio State entered its second shootout of the season. Spooner scored in the second round, carrying the puck left of the net and quickly pulling it right to score in the lower right corner. Bonanno made two saves, including a poke-check, to seal the win.

Bemidji State scored at the end of the first period and start of the second for a 2-0 lead. Just as the opening period was coming to an end, the Beavers got on the board. Erin Cody picked up the puck in the neutral zone from teammate Jackie Robertson and jumped ahead of two Buckeyes to score a breakaway goal top-shelf at 19:32.

The Beavers doubled their lead 2:48 into the second period when Erin Johnson scored a shorthanded goal from the crease off a pass by Cody.

Ohio State responded with two goals in a two-minute span to tie the game. Senior co-captains Morgan Marziali and Klassen combined got on the board at 9:05. Marziali scored from the left doorstep on a cross by Klassen from the right side.

Klassen then knotted the game at 2-all with a power play tally at 11:03. Freshman forward Laura McIntosh tapped the puck over to Reilly at the point, who blasted a shot on net and Klassen cleaned up the rebound.

The tie was brief as the Beavers answered just 18 seconds later to regain the lead at 3-2. Cody scored her second goal of the game and picked up her third point when she knocked in the rebound by Franny Dorr with Johnson picking up the second assist.

Overall, Ohio State had a 47-23 advantage in shots, including a 19-4 margin in the third period. The Buckeyes were 1-of-5 on the power play and a perfect 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Bonanno finished with 20 saves and is 5-12-2 this season. Tomcikova stopped 44 shots and is 4-14-2.

Ohio State will conclude its series with Bemidji State with a 2 p.m. (CT) game Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse.