Buckeyes Remain Unbeaten, Sweep No. 8/7 Minnesota Duluth
Oct. 6, 2012
Duluth, Minn.- Ohio State scored late and held on for a 3-2 victory over No. 8/7 Minnesota Duluth Saturday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The win improves the Buckeyes to 4-0-0, 2-0-0 in the WCHA on the young season.
“We are very happy to get a hard fought victory on the road,” Nate Handrahan said. “We faced some early adversity with their energy and quick goal. I am proud of the way we bounced back.”
Redshirt-junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp, who has been in goal every game this season, made 23 saves for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 25-21. Ohio State was 1-3 on the power play and killed off both of the Bulldog’s power play opportunities.
The game got off to a shaky start for the Buckeyes as Jessica Wong put the Bulldogs up a goal just 15 seconds into the opening period. Ohio State recovered nicely however, scoring two of its own in the first to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl scored her second goal of the season at the 5:33 mark of the first period to pull the Buckeyes even at 1-all. Juniors Ally Tarr and Annie Svedin got credit for the assists on the goal. It was the first point of the season for Tarr, who missed the first two games of the season against Lindenwood. Svedin now has six points through four games.
Senior forward Minttu Tuominen found the back of the net for the first time this season, 12:03 into the first period while on the powerplay, to give Ohio State its first lead of the afternoon. Senior forwards Tina Hollowell and Hokey Langan set up the goal for Tuominen. The assist was the third of the year for Hollowell, fourth for Langan. With the assist, Langan moves into a tie for seventh all-time in career assists at Ohio State with former Buckeye Natalie Spooner (2009-12).
After skating to a scoreless second period for the second game in a row, the Bulldogs evened things up at 2-all, 3:10 into the third period on a goal from Pernilla Winberg.
With just 3:46 showing on the clock Tuominen put the Buckeyes out front with her second goal of the afternoon. Assists went to senior Paige Semenza, her eighth point of the season, and sophomore Kari Schmitt, her third.
Ohio State will return to Columbus to host No. 5 North Dakota at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 12-13.