Buckeyes Return Home to Face Minnesota State

Jan. 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team returns to home ice this weekend for the first time in three weeks playing host to the Mavericks of Minnesota State University Jan. 24-25 at the OSU Ice Rink. Opening face-offs are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 1:07 p.m. Saturday.


Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 7:07 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 - 1:07 p.m. ET

The Record

Ohio State has an overall record of 7-12-5, 2-11-5 in the WCHA.

Last Time Out: Minnesota Duluth

The Buckeyes came away with three points in their series with Minnesota Duluth with a pair of ties and a shootout win Sunday. UMD took the shootout point in game one following a scoreless tie. On Sunday the Buckeyes got a second-period goal from freshman Claudia Kepler, which at the time tied the game at 1-1. Assists on the goal went to sophomores Julia McKinnon and Kendall Curtis. They got another equalizer late in the third from senior Ally Tarr. An assist on the Tarr score came from freshman Katie Matheny. Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes stopped 63 of the 65 shots faced in the series. Shootout goals came from senior Annie Svedin and Kepler on Sunday and Steffes turned away both UMD attempts to give OSU the 2-0 shootout win. In the last 10 meetings between the two programs, neither team has been able to win on home ice. OSU is now 4-0-2 in Duluth the last two seasons while UMD is 4-0-0 in Columbus during that stretch.

WCHA Standings

The three points picked up in Duluth allowed the Buckeyes to jump two teams in the league standings. With 13 points Ohio State now sits sixth in the WCHA, one point ahead of Minnesota State and St. Cloud State, who happen to be the Buckeyes next two opponents. Bemidji State is currently in fifth place with 20 points. OSU travels to Bemidji Feb. 14-15. The top four teams in the final league standings will host WCHA First Round Playoff series, with winners of those best-of-three series heading to Bemidji State's Sanford Center for the WCHA Final Face-Off. Minnesota (49 points), Wisconsin (48), North Dakota (39) and Minnesota Duluth (35) currently sit 1-4 in the standings, respectively.   

News and Notes

  • Ohio State now has a 2-3 record in shootouts this season.
  • Steffes is posting career best numbers this season in both GAA (1.81) and save percentage (.938). 
  • OSU is 5-1-0 in non-conference action this season.
  • Tarr's goal moved her into a tie for the team lead in points along with juniors Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt. All three have tallied 17 points this season.
  • The Schmitt's are tied for fifth in the WCHA in defensemen scoring.
  • Kepler has a team-leading seven goals this season. Kari Schmitt and junior Danielle Gagne have each recorded six scores, while Curtis, Sara Schmitt, Tarr and junior Taylor Kuehl have five goals apiece.
  • Kepler is tied for ninth in the league in rookie scoring.

Tarr Moving Up

Senior forward Ally Tarr is making her way up the ranks on multiple program scoring lists. She currently sits 12th all-time at OSU in career points with 90 and is within striking range of at least four former Buckeyes including Hayley Klassen (95), Shana Frost (98), Emma Laaksonen (99) and Amber Bowman (102). Former Buckeye Laura McIntosh is number one all-time with 170 career points. Tarr's 42 career goals ties her for ninth at OSU with former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme and puts her within five goals of each Klassen (44), Frost (46) and McIntosh (47). Former OSU All-American Natalie Spooner has the most goals scored in Buckeye history as she finished with 100 in her career. Tarr is also second all-time at OSU in game-winning goals with 11. Only Spooner, who had 16 game-winners in her career, has more.   

Non-Conference Success

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 State

Minnesota State currently sit tied for seventh place in the WCHA with St. Cloud State, one point behind Ohio State. The Mavericks hold an overall record of 9-17-0 while they have gone 4-16-0 in league play. Of the top 11 point scorers for Minnesota State, 10 are upperclassmen. Six players are in double-digits in points led by the 17 of junior Kathleen Rogan, who also leads the team with nine goals. Senior Nicole Germaine, Kari Lundberg and Lauren Barnes have each tallied 16 points, while fellow senior and Ohio native Tracy McCann has eight goals. Senior goaltender Danielle Butters has seen the majority of time between the pipes with putting up a 3.05 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.  

Buckeyes vs. Mavericks

Ohio State holds a 49-11-6 all-time advantage in the series with Minnesota State.  The Mavericks got the best of OSU earlier this season (Nov. 22-23) in Mankato as they swept the Buckeyes, winning by scores of 4-1 and 2-1. Matheny and Tarr scored the lone goals in the games for OSU. Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp started the first game and stopped 30 shots while Steffes got the call in game two and made 31 saves. The Buckeyes compiled a record of 2-0-2 against the Mavericks last season. Knapp posted one of her three shut outs on the season in a scoreless tie in Mankato. Tarr tallied three goals against Minnesota State a season ago.

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.

Up Next

Ohio State travels to St. Cloud, Minn., for a weekend series with St. Cloud State Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Game times are set for 8:07 p.m. ET Friday and 4:07 p.m. ET Saturday.