No. 9 Buckeyes Host Minnesota Duluth at Value City Arena
Jan. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team welcomes Minnesota Duluth Friday (2:07 p.m.) and Saturday (2:07 p.m.) at Value City Arena.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013/2:07 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013/2:07 p.m.
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Ohio State has an overall record of 15-7-2, 10-6-2 in the WCHA.
LAST TIME OUT: ST. CLOUD STATE
The Buckeyes picked up five league points in their series with St. Cloud State, Jan. 18-19, at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday night the Buckeyes and Huskies skated to a 1-1 tie with Ohio State picking up the extra point with a 1-0 shootout victory. Sophomore Danielle Gagne scored the lone Buckeye goal in regulation, her sixth of the season. Junior Ally Tarr was the only shooter to find success in the shootout as redshirt junior Chelsea Knapp closed the door on all three Husky skaters. Knapp finished the day with 30 saves.
After falling down a goal just 54 seconds in on Saturday, OSU responded with first and second period goals from Tarr and a late third period score from sophomore Taylor Kuehl. Tarr now leads the team in points this season with 23 while Kuehl has a team-leading 12 goals. Sophomore Sara Schmitt tallied two assists in the game while her sister, sophomore Kari Schmitt, had one and is tied with Tarr for the team lead with 16 helpers. Knapp stopped 24 of 25 shots faced in the game and picked up her 15th win of the season.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes stayed put in the USCHO.com Division I women’s poll this week at No. 9. Ohio State fell one spot to No. 10 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 34 league points. The Buckeyes are three 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 54 points. Trailing the Buckeyes are Minnesota Duluth (31), North Dakota (27), Minnesota State (19), Bemidji State (13) and St. Cloud State (13).
This weekend’s league series, other than the one in Columbus, include Minnesota at Wisconsin and North Dakota at St. Cloud State.
PROTECTING THE PIPES
Knapp comes into the weekend carrying an overall record of 15-6-2 and a .696 winning percentage. She has started 23 of 24 games this season for Ohio State. Knapp is seeing career bests in goals-against average (2.07) and save percentage (.927).
TARR HITTING HER STRIDE
The London, Ontario, product, who was the leading scorer among returning players from a season ago, has hit her stride as of late. With another big weekend against St. Cloud State where she tallied two goals and an assist (as well as a crucial shootout score), Tarr took over the team lead in points with 23. The junior forward didn’t score her first goal this season until a game against Princeton Nov. 24, but is starting to find her groove as she has scored six goals in the last five games. Tarr has gone 11-straight games with at least notching a goal (7), assist (8) or shootout goal (2), dating back to Nov. 17.
SHARING THE LOAD
Ohio State has seen its offensive production spread out this season as 11 Buckeyes have at least 14 or more points. With a three-point weekend versus St. Cloud State, Tarr took over the team lead with 23 points. Kuehl (21) also hit the 20-point plateau with a couple of points on the weekend and now has a team-leading 12 goals, and joins Tarr and senior Paige Semenza (20) as Buckeyes with 20 or more points. Senior Hokey Langan (19), K. Schmitt (18), and senior Tina Hollowell (15) follow on the points list; while Gagne, S. Schmitt, freshman Julia McKinnon, senior Minttu Tuominen and junior Annie Svedin all have 14.
ABOUT MINNESOTA DULUTH
It has been nearly two months since UMD has suffered a defeat, going 6-0-2 since being swept at North Dakota Nov. 23-24. The Bulldogs are backstopped by freshman goaltender Kayla Black, who has seen action in 21 of 22 games this season. Black has an impressive 1.82 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. Offensively UMD has seven skaters with at least 11 points and are led by sophomores Jenna McParland (7-10-17) and Zoe Hickel (8-8-16). Seniors Jessica Wong (5-10-15) and Pernilla Winberg (8-4-12), as well as junior Jamie Kenyon (9-5-14) have also been major contributors offensively.
BUCKEYES VS. BULLDOGS
Minnesota Duluth holds the lead in the all-time series with Ohio State, 49-9-4. However, the Buckeyes had the Bulldog’s number earlier this season as they swept the series on the road, winning games 3-1 and 3-2. Sophomore Kayla Sullivan, Langan, Semenza, Kuehl and Tuominen (2) all scored goals in the series.
The two squads met six times in 2011-12, splitting a regular season series in Columbus and another in Duluth. They then met once more in the first round WCHA playoffs. Minnesota Duluth hosted the Buckeyes in the best-of-three series in Duluth due to the Bulldogs being the fourth seed and Ohio State being the fifth. UMD held off the Buckeyes in game one, 4-3, to take the 1-0 series lead. Game two needed overtime before the Bulldogs would prevail by a final score of 3-2, advancing them onto the WCHA Final Face-Off.
Ohio State travels to Bemidji State, Feb. 1-2, to take on the Beavers in a WCHA series. The Buckeyes return home to the OSU Ice Rink, Feb. 8-9, against top-ranked Minnesota.