Ohio State Travels to No. 5/6 North Dakota
Oct. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State travels to Grand Forks, N. D., for its first WCHA road series of the season Oct. 18-19 against No. 5/6 North Dakota. Both games are set for 8:07 p.m. ET.
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 – 8:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 8:07 p.m. ET
Last Time Out: St. Cloud State
The Buckeyes picked up four points in the WCHA standings this past weekend as they hosted St. Cloud State at the OSU Ice Rink Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes and Huskies skated to a 2-all tie Friday as they got goals from juniors Taylor Kuehl and Sara Schmitt. OSU was a 4-2 winner Saturday, getting scores from junior Danielle Gagne, senior Ally Tarr, sophomore Kendall Curtis and junior Kari Schmitt. Kari and Sara Schmitt each had a four-point series with a goal and three assists apiece. Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 52 of 56 shots faced in the series and now has a 2-0-1 record on the season. OSU went an impressive 10-10 on the penalty kill against SCSU and 3-11 on the power play.
In the Polls
Ohio State is receiving votes in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national DI women’s polls. Last season the Buckeyes spent a total of 11 weeks ranked in at least one of the two national polls.
News and Notes
About North Dakota
North Dakota comes in with an overall record of 3-0-1, 1-0-1 overall in the WCHA. After sweeping Lindenwood in the first weekend of the season, UND took five out of six points in its series with rival Minnesota Duluth this past weekend in Grand Forks, erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period Friday to come back for a 4-3 win and winning a shootout following a 3-all tie on Saturday. UND lost its two best scoring options from last season in Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux, but others have stepped up to fill the offensive void so far including Josefine Jakobsen (4-4-8), Susanna Tapani (2-6-8) and Michelle Karvinen (2-4-6). Sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie has started every game and has a 2.23 goals-allowed average and a .867 save percentage. Head coach Brian Idalski is now in his seventh season at the helm of the program.
Buckeyes vs. North Dakota
Ohio State leads the all-time series against North Dakota with an overall record of 19-14-3, 7-9-2 in Grand Forks. The Buckeyes went 1-3-0 last season against UND. OSU won the first game on Oct. 12, 2012 in Columbus 5-3 to improve to 5-0-0 for the first time in program history on the strength of a Paige Semenza hat trick. 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 Julia McKinnon all scored goals in games against UND a season ago.
The Buckeyes return 18 letterwinners from last season and roughly 64 percent of their scoring. Senior Ally Tarr returns after leading the Buckeyes in scoring a season ago with 32 points. Tarr currently sits tenth on the OSU all-time goals scored list with 37 career scores and her 11 game-winning goals has her second all-time at OSU in that category. Junior Taylor Kuehl and sophomore Julia McKinnon will look to build off of breakout seasons last year offensively, while juniors Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt are back to lead an OSU defense that gave up 2.59 goals-per-game last season. Redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp is back for one last season after starting 36 of 37 games last season and posting career bests in wins (19), goals-allowed average (2.50) and save percentage (.911).
2013-14 Key Returners (2012-13 Stats)
Ally Tarr (Sr.. F): 35 gp; 13g-19a–32p; 4 ppg, 4 gwg
Taylor Kuehl (Jr., F): 37 gp;13g-13a–26p; 6 ppg, 1 gwg
Kari Schmitt (Jr., D): 37 gp; 5g-23a-28p; 2 ppg
Sara Schmitt (Jr., D): 37 gp; 2g-22a-24p; 1 ppg
Julia McKinnon (So., F): 37 gp; 12g-8a-20p; 6 ppg, 1 gwg
Danielle Gagne (Jr., F): 37 gp; 8g-10a-18p; 1 ppg, 2 gwg
Annie Svedin (Sr., D): 37 gp; 4g-12a-16p; 2 ppg, 3 gwg
Chelsea Knapp (R-Sr., G): 36 gp/gs, 19-14-3, .911 sv%, 2.50 gaa
New Look Staff
Two new assistant coaches and a new volunteer assistant join head coach Nate Handrahan’s staff for 2013-14. Assistant coach Carson Duggan comes to Ohio State after spending the last two seasons as head women’s hockey coach at Trinity College (CT). Keith Maurice spent the last ten years as an assistant coach at Norwich University before coming to the Buckeyes as an assistant. Mikhael Horowitz enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes after spending a year as an assistant coach and personal development coach for the Vierumaki A Juniors, a team located at the Finnish National Sports Institute in Vierumaki, Finland.
Ohio State has an off week followed by a trip to Madison, Wis., Nov. 2-3 for a series with No. 4/5 Wisconsin. Game times are set for 3:00 p.m. ET and 1:00 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, respectively.