March 2, 2013
DULUTH, Minn. - The Ohio State women's hockey team skated to a 3-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth Saturday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. With the win the Buckeyes earn the first round WCHA Playoff series sweep and advance to next weekend's WCHA Final Face-Off.
The Buckeyes advance to their first Final Face-Off since 2010 and deny the Bulldogs from going for the first time in their program's history.
Ohio State was paced offensively be three seniors in Tina Hollowell, Minttu Tuominen and Hokey Langan and redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp earned the shut out, the third for her this season. Knapp finished the game with 21 saves for OSU, who outshot UMD 34-21.
Hollowell put the Buckeyes out to an early lead at 6:30 of the first period with her 12th goal of the season. Sophomores Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt tallied the assists for their 22nd and 23rd helpers of the season, respectively, which rank them first and second on the squad in assists.
At the 18:31 mark of the first, Tuominen fired a shot past the UMD goaltender to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage. The sixth goal of the season for Tuominen was assisted on by junior Ally Tarr and Hollowell.
Following a scoreless second period the Buckeyes added one more, this one coming on the power play off the stick of Langan at 14:56 of the third, her 12th score of the season and 58th of her career. Senior Paige Semenza and Tuominen picked up assists on the score.
The Buckeyes finished 1-3 on the power play, 4-7 for the series, while holding the Bulldogs scoreless on their one attempt and all four opportunities in the series.
Ohio State (19-14-3, 14-13-3 WCHA) will play next Friday in a semi-final game at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The opponent and game time is to be determined following the conclusion of the remainder of WCHA first round series.