Feb. 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Grand Forks for a series with No. 7/8 North Dakota, Feb. 15-16.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013/8:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013/8:07 p.m. ET
Ohio State has an overall record of 16-12-2, 11-11-2 in the WCHA.
LAST TIME OUT: MINNESOTA
Ohio State fell twice to top-ranked Minnesota this past weekend at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, losing 5-2 and 5-3. Friday night the Buckeyes erased a two-goal deficit, tying the game at 2-all midway through the second, with goals from sophomore Danielle Gagne and senior Hokey Langan. The goals were the seventh of the season for both players.
On Saturday, Ohio State opened up a one goal lead early in the first period on the fourth goal of the season for sophomore Kari Schmitt. Schmitt, along with her sister Sara Schmitt, would assist on a goal from senior Tina Hollowell at 16:17 of period one, putting the Buckeyes back in front 2-1. OSU is the first team this season to lead on Minnesota at multiple times in one game. Following three unanswered Gopher goals, junior defenseman Kara Gust scored her first collegiate goal to cut the lead to 4-3. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 64 saves on the weekend.
SCHMITT’S PRODUCING OFFENSIVELY
Kari and Sara Schmitt combined for just 15 points in their rookie campaign a season ago. This season they have become leaders on the Ohio State defense while also being significant contributors on the offensive end. Kari is second on the Buckeyes squad with 24 points and has a team-leading 20 assists. She currently sits third in the WCHA in defenseman scoring, eighth in the nation. Sara has 18 points, including 16 assists, and finds herself tied for 18th nationally in defenseman scoring.
LANGAN INTO TOP-5 AT OSU
With a goal and assist in the series last weekend against Minnesota, Hokey Langan moved into a tie for fifth on the career points list at Ohio State. Her 128 points match former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme (2004-08). Langan is also fifth on the all-time goals scored list for OSU with 53 and is fourth on the all-time assist list with 75.
Ohio State finds themselves in the top-half of the WCHA in many team statistical categories including: scoring offense (3rd- 2.97 G/GM); power play (3rd- 22.8%); and penalty kill (4th- 83.3%). The Buckeyes scoring defense ranks fifth in the WCHA at 2.57 goals surrendered per game. Junior Ally Tarr is tie for 12th in the league in overall scoring with 27 points. Senior Paige Semenza, sophomore Taylor Kuehl, senior Hokey Langan and K. Schmitt all find themselves among the top-25 in the league for scoring as well. Freshman Julia McKinnon is fifth in the WCHA in rookie scoring with her 18 points.
WHERE THEY STAND
Ohio State enters the weekend in fifth place in the WCHA standings with 37 points. The top four in the final standings earn the right to host in the first round of the league playoffs. The Buckeyes are currently three points behind fourth-place Minnesota Duluth (40 points), six behind third-place Wisconsin (43) and eight behind second-place North Dakota (45). Minnesota has clinched the top seed with 72 points heading into this weekend. Minnesota State (22), Bemidji State (16) and St. Cloud State (13) round out the league standings.
This weekend’s league series include: Ohio State at North Dakota, Bemidji State at Minnesota, St. Cloud State at Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth at Wisconsin.
Ten members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team have been named WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2012-13. White Bear Lake, Minn., native Madison Marcotte (Jr., D) and Espoo, Finland product Minttu Tuominen (Sr., F) are both second-time recipients of the award.
First time honorees include: Becky Allis (Jr., D, West Olive, Mich.); Stacy Danczak (So., G, Macedonia, Ohio); Taylor Kuehl (So., F, Minnetrista, Minn.); Kari Schmitt (So., D, Canton, Mich.); Sara Schmitt (So., D, Canton, Mich.); Paige Semenza (Sr., F, Pittston, Pa.); Kayla Sullivan (So., F, Flower Mound, Texas); Kim Theut (Sr., F, Harrison Township, MI).
To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota comes in with an overall record of 20-10-0, 15-9-0 in WCHA play. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak coming off sweeps of St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Bemidji State. Prior to that they split a series against Wisconsin and were swept at Minnesota. Offensively, UND sees the majority of its production from five skaters. Senior Jocelyne Lamoureux leads the team in goals (30), assists (32) and points (62), while senior Monique Lamoureux has 49 points on 18 goals and 31 assists. Junior Michelle Karvinen (38), sophomore Josefine Jakobsen (36) and freshman Meghan Dufault (29) each have contributed significant points this season for UND. The leading goaltender for North Dakota is freshman Shelby Amsley-Benzie. Benzie has seen 63 percent of playing time between the pipes, recording a 2.37 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage while going 13-6-0.
BUCKEYES VS. NORTH DAKOTA
Ohio State holds a 19-12-3 edge over North Dakota in the all-time series that dates back to Oct. 29, 2004. The Buckeyes defeated North Dakota 5-3 on Oct. 12 at the OSU Ice Rink with the help of Semenza’s first career hat trick and goals from McKinnon and Hollowell. The following day UND edged Ohio State 2-0 to get the series split. Knapp made 66 saves in the series.
Ohio State finishes its regular season schedule with its home finale series against Minnesota State, Feb. 22-23, at Value City Arena. Friday is set for a 2:07 p.m. start time while Saturday is set for 1:07 p.m. Saturday will be Senior Day for the Buckeyes.