No. 9/10 Ohio State Faces Tough Road Test in Wisconsin
Jan. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 9/10 Ohio State women's hockey team travels to Madison to take on the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers, Jan. 11-12, at LaBahn Arena.
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013/8:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013/8:00 p.m. ET
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Ohio State has an overall record of 14-5-1, 9-4-1 in the WCHA.
LAST TIME OUT: RIT
Ohio State earned a non-conference sweep of RIT at the OSU Ice Rink, Dec. 8-9, winning by scores of 3-1 and 6-2. Saturday night the Buckeyes were paced by goals from three seniors in Minttu Tuominen, Hokey Langan and Tina Hollowell. Langan recorded an assist to give her 73 for her career and move herself into a tie for fourth on the all-time assist list at Ohio State with former Buckeye Amber Bowman (2004-07).
On Sunday, junior Ally Tarr and freshman Julia McKinnon provided two goals each. Redshirt senior Kim Theut and Hollowell each tallied their 16th career goals in the victory on Sunday. Sophomore Sara Schmitt tallied four assists in the series with RIT including three in one game Sunday. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 41 saves in the series and picked up her 13th and 14th wins of the season.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes are ranked in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com DI women's hockey polls for the first time since Nov. 20 when OSU came in at No. 8 in each poll. This week the Buckeyes come in as the ninth-ranked squad in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and as the tenth-ranked team for USCHO.com.
SCARLET AND GRAY
Ohio State held a "Scarlet and Gray" intrasquad scrimmage and skills competition Saturday, Jan. 5, at the OSU Ice Rink. Following a Holiday Youth Clinic, the roster was broken into two squads (white and gray) who played a 25-minute contest. Following the scrimmage the teams competed in a skills competition consisting of five events including fastest skater, accuracy shooting, skills relay, hardest shot and shootout. In the end it was the white team coming out victorious, 13 ½ to 12 ½; capped off by a Kayla Sullivan walk-off shootout goal.
Ohio State will see an all-WCHA schedule in the second half, consisting of a series with every team in the league. The Buckeyes currently sit in second place in the WCHA with 29 points, one ahead of Wisconsin; although the Badgers have played two more league games than OSU. The Buckeyes will be on the road for series at Wisconsin (Jan. 11-12), Bemidji State (Feb. 1-2), and North Dakota (Feb. 15-16). Home matchups will include series with St. Cloud State (Jan. 18-19), Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 25-26), Minnesota (Feb. 8-9), and Minnesota State (Feb. 22-23). The series against UMD and MSU will be played at Value City Arena, while the series with SCSU and Minnesota will be played at the OSU Ice Rink.
A START FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
The 14 wins are the most for a Buckeye team in a season prior to the New Year; the previous best being 12 wins during the 2006-07 season. Several single-game team records fell in the first-half, including most shots in a game, when the Buckeyes put up 64 in the first game of the season against Lindenwood. OSU put up 10 goals against Bemidji State on Oct. 27, the highest amount for a single game in program history. Other offensive school records that fell in that game included points (28); assists (18); assists in one period (9); points in one period (14); and the nine goal margin of victory is the highest ever for Ohio State. The 14 goals tallied in the series with Bemidji State are the most against a WCHA opponent in a single series.
The Buckeyes also made history when hosting Wisconsin in the first women's hockey series played at Value City Arena, Nov. 16-17. On Oct. 15, Ohio State received its highest ranking in the national polls in program history, coming in at No. 6 in the USCHO.com DI Women's Poll.
LEADING THE WAY
The Buckeyes have 11 skaters who have recorded double-digit points this season, seven of whom have already set career bests. Senior forward Paige Semenza has tallied a team-leading 20 points at the break. Her 11 goals are tied for most on the squad with sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl. Kuehl has 19 points, tying her for second on the team with senior forward Hokey Langan. Langan has recorded five goals and 14 assists. Junior forward Ally Tarr has a team-leading 15 assists and is fourth in points for OSU with 18. Sophomore defenseman Kari Schmitt has 16 points this season including 14 assists. Four players have tallied 14 points in freshman forward Julia McKinnon, junior defenseman Annie Svedin, and senior forwards Minttu Tuominen and Tina Hollowell. Sophomore forward Danielle Gagne has totaled 12 points, while sophomore defender Sara Schmitt has 11.
PROTECTING THE PIPES
Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp finished the first half with an overall record of 14-4-1 and a .763 winning percentage. She has started 19 of 20 games this season for Ohio State. Knapp is seeing career bests in goals-against average (2.09) and save percentage (.925).
The Badgers come in 12-6-2 overall, 8-6-2 in the WCHA. Wisconsin currently sits third in the league, one point behind second-place Ohio State. Junior goaltender Alex Rigsby has started all 20 games for Wisconsin, registering a goals-against average of 1.55 and a .939 saves percentage. She leads a defense that is giving up just 1.6 goals per game. Offensively the Badgers are led by the reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, senior Brianna Decker. She leads the team in points (32), goals (19) and assists (13). Wisconsin last played Dec. 8-9, sweeping North Dakota in Madison by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.
BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Ohio State 47-9-6, in 62 games played dating back to Oct. 15, 1999. The teams met earlier this season in Columbus, Nov. 16-17, in the first women's hockey games played at Value City Arena. The Badgers took the opening game 4-2, scoring twice shorthanded, once on a penalty shot and another on an empty net.
The Buckeyes bounced back with a 3-1 victory Saturday, getting a pair of goals from Taylor Kuehl and one from Julia McKinnon. Last season Wisconsin won a pair of games in Columbus, 3-1 and 2-0, and then won the opening game of the series in Madison, 7-1. However, the Buckeyes did pull off the upset against the Badgers in the last game of the regular season, getting a pair of goals from Hokey Langan and one from Kari Schmitt, in a 4-2 victory.
Ohio State returns to the OSU Ice Rink for a series with the Huskies of St. Cloud State, Jan. 18-19. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.