Nate Handrahan has the Buckeyes off to a 9-3-0 start.
Nov. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8/9 Ohio State women’s hockey team takes on Wisconsin Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, in Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center. Both games, which will be the first-ever regular season women’s hockey games to be played in the facility, are set for 2:07 p.m.
Ohio State is 9-3-0 overall this season, and 7-3-0 in the WCHA. The Buckeyes are currently on a four-game winning streak following series sweeps of Bemidji State and St. Cloud State.
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012/2:07 p.m. – Centennial Game (100 Year Celebration)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012/2:07 p.m. – KidsFest 2012
All Ohio State home women’s hockey games are free admission, including the games at Value City Arena. As a special promotion for this weekend’s doubleheader with the men’s hockey team, fans who attend the women’s game on Friday will receive two free tickets the men’s game at 7:00 p.m. Friday night against No. 19 Northern Michigan. Fans who attend the women’s game Saturday will receive two free tickets to the men’s game at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night and also a free water bottle (while supplies last).
LAST TIME OUT: ST. CLOUD STATE
Ohio State completed its second consecutive WCHA sweep, defeating St. Cloud State twice at the National Hockey and Events Center in St. Cloud, Nov. 2-3. The Buckeyes won by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 on Friday and Saturday respectively.
On Friday, OSU jumped out to a two goal lead on goals by sophomores Kari Schmitt and Taylor Kuehl. After SCSU came back with two of their own, senior Tina Hollowell scored the game-winner at 8:48 of the third period.
The Buckeyes had to come from behind for the win Saturday, scoring three goals in the third after trailing by a goal heading into the final period. OSU got a goal from freshman Julia McKinnon in the second period, and goals in the third period from senior Paige Semenza, sophomore Danielle Gagne (game-winner), and Hollowell (empty-net). Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp picked up the wins to improve her record to 9-3-0 on the season, making a combined 56 saves in the series.
IN THE POLLS
Despite having the bye week, the Buckeyes come in this week as the eighth-ranked team in the USCHO.com DI Women’s Poll; one spot higher than a week ago. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s Poll, Ohio State stayed put at No. 9 for the second straight week.
FOUR NATIONS CUP
Ohio State had a bye week following the series with SCSU due to the Four Nations Cup going on in Finland. OSU had two players and three former players competing in the international tournament including senior forward Minttu Tuominen (Finland) and junior defender Annie Svedin (Sweden). Former Buckeyes Lisa Chesson (USA), Tessa Bonhomme (Canada) and Natalie Spooner (Canada) also were competing in the tournament in which was won by Team USA. Tuominen scored a goal for Team Finland. Chesson finished with a goal and three assists, Bonhomme a goal and two assists, and Spooner scored two goals and added an assist.
Wisconsin is comes into the series riding a four-game winning streak following sweeps at home against New Hampshire and Minnesota State. The Badgers are now 7-3-2 overall, and 3-3-2 in the WCHA. They are currently third in the league with 13 points, eight behind second-place Ohio State.
The Badgers had a bye week this past week due to the Four Nations Cup being played in Finland. Forward Brianna Decker and goaltender Alex Rigsby both were there representing Team USA. Decker, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, leads Wisconsin this season in points (19), goals (12), and is tied for the team lead in assists with seven. Karley Sylvester and Madison Parker are tied for second on the squad with 10 points. Rigsby has started all 12 games for the Badgers this season and has a goals-against average of 1.25 and a saves percentage of .941. Wisconsin is currently receiving votes in both national polls.
BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
Ohio State hasn’t had much luck in the all-time series with Wisconsin, compiling a record of 8-46-6, in 60 games played against the Badgers dating back to Oct. 15, 1999. Last season Wisconsin won a pair of games in Columbus, 3-1 and 2-0, and then won the opening game of the series in Madison, 7-1. However, the Buckeyes did pull off the upset against the Badgers in the last game of the regular season, getting a pair of goals from Hokey Langan and one from Kari Schmitt, in a 4-2 victory.
- At 9-3-0, the Buckeyes are off to the best start through 12 games in program history.
- OSU has allowed just eight power play goals in 55 opponent chances.
- Knapp has a goals-against average of 2.35 with a .919 saves percentage in 665:14.
- Knapp has started all 12 games for OSU, going 9-3-0. She is now 28-22-8 in her career.
- With two assists against SCSU, Langan moved into fifth on the all-time assists list at OSU (71).
- Langan leads the Buckeyes with 12 assists this season.
- Semenza has a team-leading 17 points and 10 goals, both career bests.
- Kuehl has nine goals on the season, including seven in the last three series.
- Hollowell has three game-winning goals this season.
Ohio State will travel to Princeton, N.J., for a non-conference tilt with the Princeton Tigers, Nov. 23-24.
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