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.

Full Notes (PDF)


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

  • Knapp has 40 career wins, second most all-time at OSU behind Erika Vanderveer’s 42 (2004-07).
  • Knapp has 2,184 career saves, third most all-time at OSU, and is only 85 shy of passing Vanderveer for second and 88 away from passing former Buckeye Melissa Glaser (2000, 02, 04-05) for most all-time at OSU.
  • Kari and/or Sara Schmitt have either scored or had an assist on seven of the ten goals this year for Ohio State and five of the ten have seen them both in on the same scoring line.
  • Kari and Sara both have had multiple-point performances in all three games this season.
  • Ohio State is 13/14 (92.9 percent) on the penalty kill this season, second best in the WCHA.

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.

Familiar Faces

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).   

New Faces

Ohio State has five newcomers this season, all freshmen, including defensemen Breanne Grant and Alexa Ranahan, and forwards Hayley Studler, Katie Matheny and Claudia Kepler.    

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


Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp has been named captain of the 2013-14 Buckeyes team. Redshirt junior Kara Gust and junior Kari Schmitt will serve as assistant captains.

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.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State2
North Dakota3
February 16, 2013
Grand Forks, N.D.

Up Next

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.