Buckeyes Sweep in St. Cloud with Win 6-1 Saturday
Feb. 1, 2014
St. Cloud, Minn. – The Ohio State women’s hockey team used a four-goal second period en route to a 6-1 win and series sweep over St. Cloud State Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Six different Buckeyes lit the lamp and senior goaltender Lisa Steffes stopped 24 of 25 shots faced. OSU got six unanswered after falling down a goal to the Huskies.
Ohio State finished with a 26-25 shots advantage. The Buckeyes power play unit had its best performance of the season as they were successful on four of five attempts. The penalty kill was just as good, holding SCSU scoreless on its four opportunities.
St. Cloud State took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after a Payge Pena goal with time winding down in the opening period gave them a goal-advantage.
For the second day in a row the Buckeyes dominated the second period. After getting three goals in the middle frame yesterday against the Huskies, OSU got four tallies in the second today to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies 12-5 in the period.
Sophomore Melani Moylan got the scoring started for Ohio State 35 seconds into the period. It is the second goal of the season for Moylan, who cleaned up on a big rebound off the pad of St. Cloud State goaltender Katie Fitzgerald following a blast from senior Ally Tarr, who recorded the lone assist.
OSU would get the game-winner for the second-consecutive day from sophomore Julia McKinnon on a goal 3:29 into the second. The sixth of the season for McKinnon was assisted on by junior Sara Schmitt and sophomore Cara Zubko.
Junior Danielle Gagne added a power play goal for OSU at the 4:51 mark and Zubko extended the lead to four goals with a power play score of her own at 15:20 of the second period. Tarr and junior Kari Schmitt had assists on the first power play score while McKinnon and freshman Claudia Kepler tallied the assists on the other.
The Buckeyes added two more power play scores in period three to make it a 6-1 final. Kepler dropped a back-handed shot over the SCSU goaltender at the 8:57 mark of the final stanza and junior Taylor Kuehl scored her seventh of the season at 12:42. Senior Annie Svedin and Zubko were credited the assists on Kepler’s goal; Tarr and Kari Schmitt recorded the assists on Kuehl’s.
Kepler has scored a goal in five-consecutive contests and has recorded ten points in that span as well on six goals and four assists. Only six other Buckeyes have goal streaks of at least five games.
With the win the Buckeyes are unbeaten in their last seven games including victories in their last four.
Ohio State (11-12-5, 6-11-5 WCHA) returns home to face No. 2 Wisconsin next weekend at the OSU Ice Rink.