No. 10 Ohio State Edges St. Cloud State, 3-2
Nov. 2, 2012
ST. CLOUD, Minn.- The tenth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey squad held onto a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud State, Friday night at the National Hockey and Events Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Senior forward Tina Hollowell scored the game-winning goal in the third period and redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made26 saves to help lead the Buckeyes to the win. Knapp improves to 8-3-0 on the season with the win.
It took only 22 seconds for the Buckeyes to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Sophomore defender Kari Schmitt beat SCSU goaltender Julie Friend for her second goal of the season, with assists going to senior forwards Minttu Tuominen and Paige Semenza.
Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl put home a rebound at 10:03 of the first period following a shot on goal by sophomore forward Danielle Gagne to give Ohio State a two goal lead. Gagne and junior forward Ally Tarr recorded the assists on the score. Kuehl has now scored in three consecutive games and has seven goals in the last five games.
St. Cloud State cut into the lead at the 2:07 mark of period two on a power play goal from Molli Mott. Haylea Schmid and Alex Nelson picked up the assists for the Huskies.
The Huskies tied the score at 2-all, 2:32 into the third period, on a goal by Ellie Sitek, the first of the senior forward’s career. Assists on the score went to Audrey Hanmer and Amy Olson.
The game-winner came at 8:48 of the final period from Hollowell. Hollowell cleaned up the rebound off a shot on goal from freshman forward Julia McKinnon on a 3-on-1 break for the Buckeyes. McKinnon and senior forward Kim Theut recorded the assists.
Friend finished with 32 saves for the Huskies. SCSU finished 1-2 on the power play while Ohio State was 0-4 in the game with the extra skater. Shots on goal were in favor of OSU, 35-28.
No. 10 Ohio State (8-3-0, 6-3-0 WCHA) and St. Cloud State (2-6-1, 2-5-0 WCHA) will play game two of the series Saturday with game time set for 3:07 p.m. ET.