Dec. 30, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team concluded game one of its series with Princeton in a 2-2 tie at the OSU Ice Rink Friday. Junior Paige Semenza finished with two points on a goal and an assist, while senior Natalie Spooner finished with a pair of helpers.
Ohio State goalie Chelsea Knapp finished with 31 saves, including two stops in the shootout, to move to 2-2-3 on the season. Princeton's Rachel Weber totaled 38 saves and is 6-9-2 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes scored the first goal of the game at 00:36 in the second on the power play. Sophomore Ally Tarr picked up a quick rebound off a Spooner shot to slip the puck under Weber's leg for her ninth goal of the season. Spooner and Semenza were awarded with an assist apiece.
Princeton equalized with its own power play at 7:13 in the second. A tripping penalty sent Danielle Gagne to the box at 7:58 and the Tigers capitalized with a goal from Gabie Figueroa. Assists went to Danill DiCesare and Kelly Cooke. The squads went into the final intermission locked at one goal apiece.
Ohio State had an opportunity at 2:31 in the third to take a one-goal advantage after Tarr was tripped in the slot. She was awarded a penalty shot, but it ricocheted off the post.
Semenza nabbed her first goal of the season at 5:41 to put the Buckeyes up 2-1. The assistant captain back-handed a shot off the far post and into the net for the score with assists to Spooner and senior captain Kelly Wild.
The Tigers knotted the game up at 2-2 late in the third when Sally Butler slipped the puck past Knapp in mid-fall. The goal at 16:14 was assisted by Rose Alleva.
In overtime, Ohio State out-shot the Tigers 3-0, but couldn't capitalize. The squads finished the game in a shootout with the Buckeyes winning 2-1. Tarr and Spooner each notched a goal, while the second Princeton shot went wide and Knapp stopped the third.
Ohio State totaled 41 shots on goal to Princeton's 33, while the Tigers held a 28-26 advantage in faceoffs.
The teams conclude the two-game series Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The puck drops at 12:07 p.m. and is followed with a free skate rental and ice time with the Buckeyes.