Jan. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team welcomes St. Cloud State to the OSU Ice Rink Jan. 18-19. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and a 4:07 p.m. start is set for Saturday.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013/7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013/4:07 p.m.
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Ohio State has an overall record of 14-7-1, 9-6-1 in the WCHA.
LAST TIME OUT: NO. 8 WISCONSIN
The Buckeyes dropped two contests to No. 8 Wisconsin over the weekend, losing 4-1 Friday, 2-1 Saturday. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 56 saves in the series, 28 in each game. Junior Ally Tarr scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes on both nights and now has five goals on the season, 29 for her career.
Tarr, who now has 20 points this season, moved herself into a share of the team lead with senior Paige Semenza. Junior Kara Gust tallied her first point as a Buckeye with an assist in Friday’s game. Senior Tina Hollowell and sophomores Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt also had assists in the series.
IN THE POLLS
Despite the two losses in Madison the Buckeyes moved up a spot in the USCHO.com Division I women’s poll this week to No. 9. Ohio State stayed put at No. 9 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI women’s poll.
WHERE THEY STAND
Ohio State currently sits in third place in the WCHA with 29 league points. The Buckeyes are five points back of second place Wisconsin, although the Badgers have two more league games already under their belt. Minnesota sits atop the league with an undefeated record and 48 points. Trailing the Buckeyes are Minnesota Duluth (25), North Dakota (24), Minnesota State (19), Bemidji State (13) and St. Cloud State (12).
This weekend’s league series, other than the one in Columbus, include Wisconsin at North Dakota, Minnesota at Minnesota State, and Bemidji State at Minnesota Duluth.
PROTECTING THE PIPES
Knapp comes into the weekend carrying an overall record of 14-6-1 and a .690 winning percentage. She has started 21 of 22 games this season for Ohio State. Knapp is seeing career bests in goals-against average (2.19) and save percentage (.923).
SHARING THE LOAD
Ohio State has seen its offensive production spread out this season as 11 Buckeyes have at least 12 or more points. With her two-goal weekend in Wisconsin, Tarr grabbed a share of the team lead in points with Semenza (20). Senior Hokey Langan and sophomore Taylor Kuehl each have 19 points this season. Semenza, Tarr, Langan and Kuehl are all in the top-20 of the WCHA in overall scoring this season.
SCORING THE PUCK
Semenza and Kuehl have a team-leading 11 goals this season, while freshman Julia McKinnon is right on their heels with 10. Hollowell has found the back of the net eight times, including three game-winners. Tarr, Langan and sophomore Danielle Gagne have five scores each.
Tarr and K. Schmitt have a team-leading 15 assists this season. Trailing them with 14 helpers is Langan. Junior Annie Svedin and S. Schmitt have assisted on 11 scores a piece this season, while senior Minttu Tuominen has on 10.
ABOUT ST. CLOUD STATE
St. Cloud State currently sits eighth in the WCHA and has lost their last three games. Last weekend they traveled to Duluth and were swept, falling to Minnesota Duluth 3-1 and 8-2. The Huskies are led offensively by senior Alex Nelson who has a team-leading 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. Junior Molli Mott (8-11-19), senior Haylea Schmid (8-10-18) and sophomore Audrey Hanmer (3-12-15) have also been solid scoring contributors this season for St. Cloud State.
Sophomore Julie Friend and freshman Katie Fitzgerald have split time evenly, each starting 12 games, and have nearly identical stats. Friend comes in with a goals-against average of 2.85, Fitzgerald 2.90, while both have a .917 save percentage.
BUCKEYES VS. HUSKIES
Ohio State holds a 31-23-5 advantage in the all-time series with St. Cloud State with the series dating back to Oct. 22, 1999. The Buckeyes earned a sweep of the Huskies earlier this season in St. Cloud on Nov. 2-3, edging SCSU 3-2 in game one and skating to a 4-2 victory in game two. Hollowell scored the game-winner midway through the third on Friday night, while K. Schmitt and Kuehl each had a goal. On Saturday the Buckeyes used three third period goals from Semenza, Gagne and Hollowell to overcome a 2-1 deficit. McKinnon also had a goal in the contest.
Last season the Buckeyes went 3-1 against the Huskies, winning both games at home 5-1, Oct. 14-15, 2011, and splitting games in St. Cloud, 2-0 and 3-4, Jan. 6-7, 2012. Kuehl and Gagne saw their first career goals come against SCSU last season. Gagne and Tarr each scored twice against the Huskies, while Kuehl, Langan, Hollowell and Tuominen had one goal against SCSU.
Ohio State hosts Minnesota Duluth Jan. 25-26 at Value City Arena. Both games are set for 2:07 p.m. start times and will be followed each day by the Ohio State men’s team taking on Lake Superior State.