Ohio State Looks to Get Back on Track at Bemidji State

Go Buckeyes! Paige Semenza.
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Paige Semenza.
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Jan. 30, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Bemidji, Minn., to take on the Beavers of Bemidji State Feb. 1-2.


Friday, Feb. 1, 2013/3:07 p.m. ET    

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013/3:07 p.m. ET

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Ohio State has an overall record of 15-9-2, 10-8-2 in the WCHA. 


The Buckeyes dropped a pair of games to Minnesota Duluth at Value City Arena in Columbus over the weekend. In a high-scoring affair Friday afternoon the Bulldogs came out on top 7-5. Senior Tina Hollowell notched her ninth goal of the season; sophomores Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt each posted a goal and an assist; and freshman Julia McKinnon and junior Ally Tarr each had a goal and a pair of assists.



On Saturday the Buckeyes fell down 3-0 before making a comeback but fell just short of completing it; the final score being 3-2. Seniors Paige Semenza and Hokey Langan each scored power play goals for the Buckeyes. Semenza also tallied an assist in the contest; Kari and Sara Schmitt each had an assist, the 18th and 15th on the season for the sisters, respectively; and Hollowell recorded an assist and now has 17 points this season. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 47 saves in the series. A combined nine power play goals were scored in the series with OSU going 5-11 and UMD finishing 4-9.


The Buckeyes fall out of both national polls this week for the first time since Dec. 4.  


Ohio State currently sits in fourth place in the WCHA with 34 league points. The Buckeyes are three points back of the two squads tied for second place in Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin. Minnesota sits atop the league with an undefeated record and 60 points. Trailing the Buckeyes are North Dakota (33), Minnesota State (19), Bemidji State (13) and St. Cloud State (13).

This weekend’s league series include: Ohio State at Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota, and North Dakota at Minnesota State.


After going 5-11 (45.5 percent) on the power play over the weekend against UMD, the Buckeyes are now 29-125 (23.2 percent) overall this season, third best in the WCHA. Ohio State’s penalty kill is ranked fourth best in the league at 83.8 percent (88-105).


Knapp comes into the weekend carrying an overall record of 15-8-2 and a .640 winning percentage. She has started 25 of 26 games this season for Ohio State. Knapp is seeing career bests in goals-against average (2.32) and save percentage (.918).


Ohio State has seen its offensive production spread out this season as five Buckeyes have now surpassed 20 points, while 11 skaters have at least 14. With three more points in the series with UMD, Tarr now has a team-leading 26 points. Kuehl and Semenza are second on the team with 22 points apiece, while Langan and K. Schmitt each have 21. Following them are McKinnon, Hollowell and S. Schmitt with 18; while senior Minttu Tuominen, junior Annie Svedin and sophomore Danielle Gagne all have 14.


Senior forward Hokey Langan notched her 74th career assist on Jan. 25 against Minnesota Duluth, moving her past former Buckeye Amber Bowman (2004-07) for fourth on the all-time assist list at Ohio State. Langan currently has 126 career points and needs three points to move into the top-five on the OSU career points list and pass former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme (2004-08).


The Beavers come into the series with a 5-17-2, 4-15-1 WCHA, record. They were off last week and prior to that were swept at Minnesota Duluth by scores of 3-0 and 4-2. Bemidji State is led offensively by seniors Emily Erickson and Sadie Lundquist, who each have 14 points this season on four goals and 10 assists. Sophomore Natasha Kostenko has a team leading seven goals. Kostenko, senior Mackenzie Thurston and freshman Kaitlyn Tougas all have 12 points apiece.

Senior Jessica Havel has seen roughly 60 percent of the playing time in goal for the Beavers, going 4-9-1 with a 3.47 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage. Sophomore goaltender Abby Ryplanski is 1-7-1 this season with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage.


Ohio State is 31-15-10 all-time against Bemidji State in a series that dates back to Nov. 19, 1999. The Buckeyes are 11-9-6 all-time playing in Bemidji. Last season the Buckeyes won the season series 2-1-1. Earlier this season at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 26-27, Ohio State swept the Beavers, winning by scores of 4-1 and 10-1. The ten goals in a single game set a new high for the program and multiple single game team scoring records fell in that contest. Ten different Buckeyes have scored a goal against BSU this season, led by Kuehl with four.


Ohio State returns home to the OSU Ice Rink for a series with No. 1 Minnesota Feb. 8-9.