Steffes, Ohio State Edge No. 5/6 North Dakota, 2-1
Oct. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team took down No. 5/6 North Dakota Saturday night in Grand Forks, N. D., holding on for a 2-1 win. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 3-1-1 on the season, 2-1-1 in league play.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes was impressive in her first start of the season stopping 36 of 37 shots faced in a game where OSU was outshot 37-18. Steffes and the Buckeye defense held UND to one power play goal in seven opportunities.
"Solid, gritty performance by our players tonight," Nate Handrahan, Ohio State head coach, said following the victory. "It wasn't pretty but we got it done. A lot of players were disappointed with their performance yesterday and wanted to respond and I thought that we did that. North Dakota mounted quite the attack late and we weathered the storm and I'm proud of our girls and the way they played."
Sophomore forward Kendall Curtis scored at the 4:16 mark of the opening period on an unassisted goal to put the Buckeyes out front early. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native has three goals in five games this season.
Ohio State took advantage of a 5-on-3 chance following a game misconduct on UND, taking a 2-0 lead at 15:58 of the first period on a goal from junior forward Taylor Kuehl. Kuehl’s third goal of the season was set up by senior Ally Tarr and junior Sara Schmitt, their sixth and seventh assists of the season, respectively.
The game saw no goals for the second period and most of the third until North Dakota finally got on the scoreboard with 3:59 remaining in regulation to cut the lead in half. UND was skating 6-on-4, following an OSU penalty and pulling their goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie, when Meghan Dufault found the back of the net. Amsley-Benzie finished with 16 saves for UND.
The Buckeyes will now have an off week prior to a trip to Madison, Wis., Nov. 2-3 for a series with No. 4/5 Wisconsin.