No. 10 Buckeyes Return Home to Face Beavers
Oct. 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tenth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team plays host the Bemidji State Beavers at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 26-27, with game times set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
The Buckeyes are 5-3-0, 3-3-0 in the WCHA, following a pair of losses at the hands of No. 1 Minnesota at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Oct. 19-20.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012/7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012/4:07 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 1 MINNESOTA
Ohio State suffered a setback this past weekend against top-ranked Minnesota, dropping a pair of decisions at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, 7-2 Friday and 8-0 Saturday. The Golden Gophers outshot the Buckeyes 83-37 in the series. Ohio State went 1-9 on the power play and was 10-13 on the penalty kill.
Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl scored the two Buckeye goals on Friday night with assists going to junior Ally Tarr and freshman Julia McKinnon on the first and senior Paige Semenza on the second. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp started both games and is now 5-3-0 on the season. Junior goaltender Lisa Steffes saw the ice for the first time this season, stopping 18 of 22 shots in 38:04 of play in the two games.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes come in at No. 10 this week in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI Women’s Poll, down three spots from last week. In the latest USCHO.com DI Women’s Poll, Ohio State is on the outside looking in, receiving 14 votes; one vote behind No. 10 Minnesota State.
A FIRST FOR KUEHL
Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl, a native of Minnetrista, Minn., tallied two goals on Friday night against No. 1 Minnesota to record her first career multi-goal game. It was the second time this season Kuehl has had multiple points in a game. In the season opener Sept. 28 against Lindenwood, she tallied a goal and an assist. Kuehl has five points on the season on four goals and an assist. She finished last season tied for sixth on the squad with 14 points on three goals and 11 assists.
LEADING THE WAY
Senior forward Paige Semenza had another assist in the loss Friday night to Minnesota and now has 12 points this season to lead the team. She also leads the team with seven goals. Senior forward Hokey Langan and junior defender Annie Svedin each have a share of the team lead in assists with six. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp has been on the ice for 440:24 of play this season and has a 2.72 goals-against average and a saves percentage of .905.
ABOUT BEMIDJI STATE
The Beavers are coming off a series with then-No. 6 Wisconsin. BSU spoiled the grand opening of the new LaBahn Arena in Madison, winning the first-ever game played in the facility, 1-0. The two squads then skated to a 3-3 tie Sunday with Wisconsin winning the shootout. Prior to the series with Wisconsin, the Beavers were swept at home by St. Cloud State and split a non-conference series on the road with Providence.
Senior forward MacKenzie Thurston leads the Beavers with four points on a goal and three assists, while nine different players have scored a goal for BSU. Sophomore goaltender Abby Ryplanski has started four games and is 1-2-1 while senior Jessica Havel is 1-1-0 in two starts. The Beavers received one vote in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI Women’s Poll.
LANGAN CLIMBING CAREER LISTS AT OSU
Senior forward Hokey Langan needs one assist to rank sixth on the all-time assist list at Ohio State. With one more goal Langan will be all by herself at fifth all-time on the goals scored list.
BUCKEYES VS. BEAVERS
Ohio State is 29-15-10 all-time against Bemidji State. Last season, the Buckeyes went 2-1-1 against the Beavers. In the 2011-12 season opener in Columbus, Ohio State and Bemidji State skated to a 4-4 tie and the Buckeyes prevailed 1-0 in the shootout. The following day the Buckeyes were 5-3 winners behind a hat trick from Ally Tarr. The two squads split the series in Bemidji, Jan. 13-14, with the Buckeyes taking game one 5-3 and dropping game two 4-2. Tarr had two more goals in the second victory. Hokey Langan, Minttu Tuominen and Kayla Sullivan also found the back of the net in the series.
CLOSING IN ON 200
With the first season of Ohio State women’s hockey being played in 1999-2000, the program has amassed a record of 199-238-46, making the Buckeyes just one victory shy of the 200 milestone.
• Junior Ally Tarr scored five goals against the Beavers last season.
• Senior Hokey Langan scored two goals against the Beavers last season.
• Ohio State is 15-6-4 against the Beavers at the OSU Ice Rink.
Ohio State will travel to St. Cloud, Minn., Nov. 2-3, for a series with WCHA foe St. Cloud State Huskies. Game times are set for 8:07 p.m. ET and 3:07 p.m. ET.