Ohio State Hosts No. 7 UND in Regular Season Finale
Feb. 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team plays host to No. 7 North Dakota Feb. 21-22 at the OSU Ice Rink in what will be the final home games for six Buckeye seniors. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 – 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 – 4:07 p.m. ET
Saturday will be Senior Day for Ohio State as the six seniors will be recognized in a special ceremony following the game. The six seniors that will be playing in their final home games are Chelsea Knapp, Lisa Steffes, Ally Tarr, Becky Allis, Madison Marcotte and Annie Svedin. The group has combined to don the Scarlet and Gray 676 times. Over the past four seasons this senior class has racked up 61 wins and recorded a combined 149 points on 54 goals and 95 assists. Steffes and Knapp have combined to appear in 185 games between the pipes for the Buckeyes, racking up nearly 5,000 saves along the way.
Ohio State has an overall record of 12-15-5, 7-14-5 in the WCHA.
Last Time Out: Bemidji State
The Buckeyes are coming off a series split on the road at Bemidji State, dropping Friday’s contest 4-1 and bouncing back with a 3-1 win Saturday. Junior Taylor Kuehl scored the lone goal Friday with an assist from senior Ally Tarr. Kuehl is tied for third in the WCHA with five power play goals. Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in Friday’s loss. Redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp got the start Saturday, her first since Dec. 7. Knapp made 24 saves in the victory to pick up her third win of the season. Junior Sara Schmitt gave the Buckeyes a lead in the first period on her sixth goal of the season with an assist going to Kuehl. After the Beavers tied the game late in the first the Buckeyes took the lead for good in the second when junior Danielle Gagne fired one into the back of the net, her ninth of the season, after being set up by Tarr. Tarr added an unassisted goal late in the third period.
The Buckeyes sit in fifth place in the WCHA standings with 28 points. OSU is four points ahead of Bemidji State (24), six points ahead of Minnesota State (22) and 14 ahead of St. Cloud State (14). The top four teams in the final league standings 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 (73 points), Wisconsin (60), North Dakota (48) and Minnesota Duluth (43) have all clinched home ice for the first round. OSU can clinch fifth-place by taking three points against North Dakota or from Bemidji State dropping at least three points to St. Cloud State and Minnesota State dropping at least one point to Wisconsin.
News and Notes
- Tarr has a team-leading 27 points this season on nine goals and 18 assists.
- Freshman Claudia Kepler has a team-leading 12 goals on the season. Kepler is 13th in the WCHA in goals-scored and has the second most goals-scored out of WCHA rookies. She is fourth in the NCAA for goals-scored by a freshman.
- Sara Schmitt is third in the WCHA, fifth in the NCAA with 25 points, in defensemen scoring while her sister Kari Schmitt is tied for fifth in the WCHA and tied for 14th nationally with 21 points.
- Steffes is posting career-best numbers in goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.933). The best single-season statistics in those two areas in OSU program history are by Erika Vanderveer, who posted a 2.19 GAA and a .920 save percentage during the 2006-07 season.
- OSU is 10-0-0 this season when scoring at least three goals, 2-15-5 when scoring two goals or less.
- The Buckeyes are 11-5-2 when scoring the first goal of the game, 1-10-2 when the opponent scores first. OSU is 11-0-2 when leading after the second period.
- The eight Buckeyes who were named 2014 WCHA Scholar-Athletes (Madison Marcotte, Becky Allis, Kari Schmitt, Sara Schmitt, Taylor Kuehl, Kayla Sullivan, Stacy Danczak and Bryanna Nuewald) will also be recognized at the game Saturday.
Tarr Hits 100
Senior Ally Tarr’s goal against Bemidji State gave the London, Ontario native 100-career points. She becomes only the ninth Ohio State player to reach that milestone. Over the weekend she passed former Buckeyes Shana Frost and Emma Laaksonen on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State and currently sits ninth, two points back of Amber Bowman for eighth. Tarr’s 46 career goals ties her for seventh all-time in program history with Frost and puts her only one behind former Buckeye Laura McIntosh.
About North Dakota
North Dakota comes in ranked seventh in the nation with an overall record of 17-9-4, 14-8-4 in the WCHA. UND was swept last weekend at home by Minnesota State. They are currently without two of their top offensive threats in Michelle Karvinen (13-8-21) and Susanna Tapani (7-12-19) due to them being in Sochi for the Winter Olympics playing for Team Finland. Junior Josefine Jakobsen has a team-leading 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists while sophomore Meghan Dufault is second with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists. Sophomore Shelby Amsley-Benzie has seen the majority of the time between the pipes, compiling an 11-5-2 record with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Freshman Lexie Shaw has also seen a significant amount of time in net. Shaw has a record of 6-4-2 and a GAA of 1.83 and a .921 save percentage.
Buckeyes vs. UND
Ohio State leads the all-time series against North Dakota with an overall record of 20-15-3, 12-5-1 in Columbus. OSU and UND split a series Oct. 18-19 in Grand Forks with the Buckeyes falling in game one 5-2 but rebounding with a victory in game two, 2-1. Sophomore Julia McKinnon and Sara Schmitt scored the goals in the loss while junior Taylor Kuehl and sophomore Kendall Curtis lit the lamp in the win. Steffes made her first start of the season in the 2-1 win, making 36 saves for OSU. The Buckeyes went 1-3-0 last season against UND. OSU won the first game on Oct. 12, 2012 in Columbus but the Buckeyes were shut out the following day by a score of 2-0 and dropped a pair of games at North Dakota in February, 5-2 and 3-2. Kari Schmitt, Gagne and McKinnon all scored goals in games against UND a season ago.
Three alumni of the OSU women’s hockey program were in Sochi representing their respective nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Natalie Spooner (2009-12), skating for Team Canada, picked up a medal. Emma Terho (Laaksonen; 2001-04) and Minttu Tuominen (2010-13), representing Finland, finished in fifth place. It was the first Olympic appearance for Spooner, second for Tuominen and a women’s ice hockey record fifth appearance for Terho.
The Buckeyes will hit the road for the WCHA First Round Playoffs Feb. 28-March 2. Results from this weekend will determine where the Buckeyes travel to.
2014 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets for the 2014 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF, the women’s WCHA playoff championship which will be held at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., March 7-8, are now on sale.
Semifinal games will be played at 4:07 pm and 7:37 pm CT on Friday, March 7. The semifinal winners will then play at 7:07 pm CT on Saturday, March 8 in the championship game. The winner of this game receives an automatic berth into the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
Tickets for all Sanford Center events may be purchased at the Sanford Center ticket office, any Ticketmaster retail location, Lueken’s Village Foods, charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.