No. 8 Ohio State Travels to Princeton
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Princeton, N.J., Nov. 23-24, for a non-conference tilt with the Princeton Tigers of the ECAC. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
The Buckeyes are 10-4-0 overall, 8-4-0 in the WCHA, and are coming off a series split with Wisconsin at Value City Arena.
Friday, Nov. 23, 2012/7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012/4:07 p.m. ET
Watch: Coach Handrahan
LAST TIME OUT: WISCONSIN
No. 8/9 Ohio State played its way to a series split with Wisconsin in the first women’s hockey games played at Value City Arena, falling 4-2 Friday and rebounding for a 3-1 win Saturday.
On Friday, the Buckeyes got goals from freshman Julia McKinnon and sophomore Danielle Gagne. The game was knotted at 2-all heading into the third period before the game-winner was scored by Wisconsin with 4:23 remaining in regulation. An empty-net goal made it a 4-2 final. Ohio State gave up two short-handed goals and a penalty shot goal in the contest.
Sophomore Taylor Kuehl scored twice and McKinnon added a goal in Saturday’s win. Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt combined for six assists in the two games against the Badgers, with Kari tallying four. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 64 of 68 shots faced against Wisconsin, good for a .941 saves percentage.
IN THE POLLS
Ohio State comes in this week as the eighth-ranked team in the USCHO.com DI Women’s Poll for the second straight week. The Buckeyes come in at No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI Women’s Poll as well, moving up one spot from last week.
KUEHL STAYS CONSISTENT
Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl has a team-leading 11 goals this season and is tied for second on the team with 15 points. The Minnetrista, Minn., native has scored at least one goal in every series this season and has nine goals in her last eight games. With another multiple-goal game in the 3-1 victory over Wisconsin, Kuehl now leads the team in that category with three this season. Kuehl was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31, for her efforts against Bemidji State. This week Kuehl was named Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff, Co-Athlete of the Week.
SHARING THE LOAD
In 2011-12, the Buckeyes finished the season with 10 players having eight or more scoring points. This season, through 14 games, the Buckeyes already have 10 players with eight or more scoring points. Five Buckeyes have already set or tied career highs for points this season. Leading the way is senior forward Paige Semenza with 17 points (career-high) on 10 goals and seven assists. Senior Hokey Langan has a team-leading 13 assists and is tied for second in points with Kuehl (15). Senior Tina Hollowell and sophomore Kari Schmitt are tied for fourth on the squad with 12 points each, followed by junior Annie Svedin and senior Minttu Tuominen who each have tallied 11, freshman Julia McKinnon (10), junior Ally Tarr (9) and sophomore Danielle Gagne (8).
SUCCESS IN GOAL
Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp is off to the best start of her career. Having started all 14 games for Ohio State this season, the York, N.Y., native has compiled a record of 10-4-0, improving her career record to 29-23-8. Knapp has a goals-against average of 2.29 and a saves percentage of .923.
LANGAN CLIMBING CAREER LISTS AT OSU
Senior forward Hokey Langan keeps moving up the career lists at Ohio State. Langan sits fifth all-time for goals scored (48) and assists (72). She is one assist shy of tying former Buckeye Amber Bowman (2004-07) for fourth on the all-time assist list. Langan is also one point shy from tying former Buckeye Erin Keys (2005-08) for sixth all-time for total points. Langan currently has 120 career points.
Princeton comes into the series with an overall record of 3-5-2, 1-5-2 in the ECAC. The Tigers are coming off an overtime loss to No. 3 Clarkson, Nov. 17, and fell to St. Lawrence on Nov. 16, 6-2. Princeton is led offensively by Corey Stearns (1-11-12), Kelly Cooke (6-2-8) and Sally Butler (5-3-8). Kimberly Newell has started all 10 games in goal for the Tigers, compiling a 3.69 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage. Princeton is still looking for its first home win, having gone 0-4 at Hobey Baker Rink this season.
BUCKEYES VS. TIGERS
Ohio State is 5-4-2 all-time against Princeton in a series that dates back to Nov. 28, 1999. However the Buckeyes are 2-3-0 against the Tigers in games played at Princeton. Last season the Tigers came to Columbus for a series at the OSU Ice Rink, Dec. 30-31. Semenza and Tarr each had a goal in the opening game, which ended in a 2-2 tie. The Buckeyes won the shootout 2-1 on goals from Tarr and former Buckeye Natalie Spooner. In game two the teams once again skated to a tie, this time ending 1-1. Semenza scored the lone OSU goal in regulation and Princeton won the shootout 2-0.
Ohio State will travel to Mankato, Minn., for a WCHA battle with the Mavericks of Minnesota State, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.