Ohio State to kick off WCHA season in Duluth
Oct. 4, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a season opening non-conference sweep of Lindenwood at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, the Ohio State women’s hockey team hits the road for the first time as they head to Duluth, Minn. The series with the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth will mark the start of the WCHA season for both squads.
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012- 8:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012- 5:07 p.m. ET
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State started the 2012-13 season off with a pair of wins in Columbus against Lindenwood of the CHA. Friday night the Buckeyes shut out the Lions 4-0 and then were 7-2 winners on Saturday afternoon. Junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp was between the pipes in both games for Ohio State, making 35 saves. Senior forward Paige Semenza scored three goals in the series and had five points overall, including a four-point day on Saturday with two goals and two assists. Junior defenseman Annie Svedin had five points in the win on Saturday on two goals and three assists, including a shorthanded tally early in the second period. Ohio State put up 60 or more shots in both games, and outshot Lindenwood 124-37 in the series. The previous high for shots on goal in a game for Ohio State was 55.
BIG GAMES FROM SEMENZA AND SVEDIN
Four of the seven goals on Saturday came from senior forward Paige Semenza and junior defender Annie Svedin. Semenza, who also scored a goal in the win Friday night, scored twice more and also had a pair of helpers to give herself a five-point weekend. Svedin, who came into the game on Saturday with seven career points, had the best game of her collegiate career in the 7-2 victory over the Lions. She found the back of the net twice in a gap of eight minutes of play, the second while the Buckeyes were shorthanded. Svedin also had three assists on the day.
Ohio State saw production from the freshmen class in the opening series sweep of Lindenwood. Julia McKinnon notched her first career point in Friday night’s victory with an assist on the first Buckeye goal of the season, which came from senior Tina Hollowell. McKinnon then added another assist on Saturday and found the back of the net in the third period for her first collegiate goal. Fellow freshmen Bryanna Neuwald and Melani Moylan each recorded their first career points on Saturday with assists on a goal by redshirt-senior Kim Theut in the second period. Neuwald picked up her second assist of the game on the goal by McKinnon.
KNAPP SOLID BETWEEN PIPES
Redshirt-junior Chelsea Knapp is off to a positive start this season as she was in goal for both victories against Lindenwood. She gave up just the two goals on Saturday and made 35 saves in the series. The York, N.Y. native improved her career record to 21-19-8 with the pair of wins. Knapp’s most successful season came in 2009-10 as a freshman when she started all 35 games for the Buckeyes, going 15-15-5. She missed the 2010-11 season due to injury and then saw action in 15 games a season ago, tallying a 4-4-3 record.
LANGAN CLIMBING CAREER LISTS AT OSU
After recording three helpers in the series sweep against Lindenwood, senior forward Hokey Langan now has 62 career assists. This places her in a tie for eigth all-time at Ohio State for career assists with former Buckeye Lisa Chesson (2005-08). One more assist will tie Langan with former Buckeye Natalie Spooner (2009-12) and three more will catch Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) for sixth all-time. Langan is also one goal shy of moving into the top-fve for goals scored at Ohio State. She currently sits sixth with 46 career goals, one behind Laura McIntosh (2009-12).
Shannon Miller is set to start her 14th season at the helm of the Bulldogs. Miller has an impressive career record of 334-101-35 at UMD. Minnesota Duluth played an exhibition series against the Minnesota Whitecaps this past weekend, earning 5-3 and 5-2 victories. The Bulldogs went 21-14-1 in 2011-12; 15-12-1 in the WCHA, good for a fourth place finish. They advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off Championship, falling 2-0 to eventual National Champion Minnesota.
BUCKEYES VS. BULLDOGS
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs have faced off 59 times prior to this season with Minnesota Duluth holding a big 48-7-4 edge 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. Junior forward Ally Tarr had two goals and three assists in the six games against the Bulldogs a season ago. Langan tallied four points versus UMD in 2011-12.
Ohio State will host No. 5 North Dakota at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Oct. 12-13. Puck is scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. drop on Friday and a 4:07 p.m. start is planned for Saturday.