Ohio State Travels to Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Duluth, Minn., for games this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, against WCHA foe Minnesota Duluth. Game times are set for 4:07 p.m. ET each day at AMSOIL Arena.
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Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 – 4:07 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 – 4:07 p.m. ET
Ohio State has an overall record of 7-12-3, 2-11-3 in the WCHA.
Last Time Out: No. 1 Minnesota
Ohio State came out of its series with two points this past weekend at No. 1 Minnesota. The Buckeyes fell Friday night 6-0 as senior Lisa Steffes made 23 saves in 40 minutes of action and redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp stopped 14 of 15 in the third period. OSU skated to a 2-2 tie with the Gophers Saturday evening and won the shootout for the extra league point, 1-0. Sophomore Julia McKinnon bounced back after being shaken up early to score her third goal of the season in the second period and give OSU a 1-0 lead. After falling behind 2-1 in the third, senior Ally Tarr scored the equalizer with 1:41 remaining in regulation on a breakaway goal, her fourth of the season. It took until the 18th shooter to get a goal in the shootout, and that goal came from sophomore Kendall Curtis. Steffes made 34 saves in regulation and overtime. She denied nine straight Minnesota shot attempts in the shootout. The tie marked just the second time in 71 games that Minnesota had failed to come away with a victory.
News and Notes
- Ohio State now has a 1-2 record in shootouts this season.
- Saturday marked the first time the Buckeyes took points from Minnesota since Oct. 20, 2007.
- Steffes is posting career best numbers this season in both GAA (1.97) and save percentage (.933).
- OSU is 5-1-0 in non-conference action this season.
- Juniors Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt lead the team in points with 17 apiece while junior Danielle Gagne and Tarr are right behind with 16 each.
- The Schmitt’s are tied for fourth in the WCHA in defensemen scoring.
- Three Buckeyes have six goals on the season including Kari Schmitt, Gagne and freshman Claudia Kepler. Sara Schmitt, junior Taylor Kuehl and Curtis each have five scores.
- Kepler is tied for tenth in the league for rookie scoring.
Ohio State finishes its regular season non-conference slate with a 5-1-0 record; its only blemish coming in a 2-1 defeat to No. 10 Robert Morris Nov. 26. OSU started the season with a road win over then-nationally ranked Mercyhurst Oct. 5 and earned a sweep on the road at New Hampshire Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Buckeyes finished off their out-of-conference schedule with a sweep of Penn State at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes outscored their non-conference opponents 22-7 on the season.
About Minnesota Duluth
The Bulldogs enter the series with a record of 11-8-3 overall, 9-6-3 in WCHA play. Junior Jenna McParland leads the team offensively with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists. Senior Jamie Kenyon (11-12-23), freshman Lara Stalder (4-15-19) and junior Zoe Hickel (8-10-18) have also been big contributors this season offensively for UMD. Sophomore goaltender Kayla Black has seen the majority of the time in net for UMD, putting up a 2.12 goals-allowed average and a .928 save percentage. Head coach Shannon Miller has been at the helm of UMD since its inaugural season and has led the Bulldogs to five national championships.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
OSU was swept by the Bulldogs in their opening series in Columbus Nov. 15-16 in games that were played inside Value City Arena. UMD took game one 3-2 and shut out the Buckeyes in game two 2-0. The Buckeyes went 4-2-0 against Minnesota Duluth last season. They went 4-0-0 in Duluth and lost both games against the Bulldogs in Columbus. OSU knocked UMD out in the WCHA First Round Playoffs on the road last season to advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off for the first time since 2010. The Bulldogs have a large advantage in the all-time series record as the Buckeyes are just 11-52-4 against UMD.
Three Former Buckeyes are Sochi Bound
Three alumni of the OSU women’s hockey program will be heading to Sochi this February to represent their respective nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Natalie Spooner (2009-12) will skate for Canada while Emma Terho (Laaksonen; 2001-04) and Minttu Tuominen (2010-13) will represent Finland. It will mark the first Olympic appearance for Spooner, second for Tuominen and an unprecedented fifth appearance for Terho.
Buckeyes Incoming Recruit Class Includes Seven
Nate Handrahan, head coach of the Ohio State women’s hockey team, has announced the signing of six new student-athletes to National Letters of Intent who are expected to join the program in Fall 2014. The new class of signees includes forwards Allison Gasuik, Julianna Iafallo and Lauren Spring, defensemen Jessica Dunne and Danielle Sadek, and goaltender Kassidy Sauve. Goaltender Alexandria LaMere will also be joining the Buckeyes in the Fall.
Ohio State will play host to Minnesota State Jan. 24-25 at the OSU Ice Rink. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 1:07 p.m. Saturday.