No. 10 Buckeyes Finish First-Half WCHA Schedule at Minnesota State

Go Buckeyes! Sophomore Kayla Sullivan.
Go Buckeyes!
Sophomore Kayla Sullivan.
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 29, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State women's hockey team travels to Mankato, Minn., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, to take on the Mavericks of Minnesota State. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. CT Friday and 3:07 p.m. CT Saturday.

The Buckeyes are 11-5-0 overall, 8-4-0 in the WCHA, and are coming off a series split at Princeton.


Friday, Nov. 30, 2012/7:07 p.m. CT

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012/3:07 p.m. CT

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Ohio State played to a series split at non-conference foe Princeton, Nov. 23-24. On Friday, the Buckeyes used a four-goal third period to complete a 4-2 comeback victory. OSU got a goal from freshman Julia McKinnon to open its scoring. Sophomore Danielle Gagne scored the game-tying and the game-winning goals Friday. Sophomore Kayla Sullivan added an empty-net score and redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 19 of 21 shots faced.



On Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a one-goal lead in the first period on a goal from junior Ally Tarr. Princeton scored two goals in the third period to overtake OSU. Junior goaltender Lisa Steffes got her first start of the season, stopping 21 of 23 shots. The Buckeyes outshot Princeton 85-44 in the series.


Ohio State comes in as the tenth-ranked team in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI Women's Poll, down two spots from last week. The Buckeyes fell out of the DI Poll this week, but are still receiving votes (12).


The Buckeyes have 10 players with double-digit points this season. Six Buckeyes (not including freshmen) have 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. Sophomore Taylor Kuehl is second in points with 16 and has a team-leading 11 goals. Senior Hokey Langan has a team-leading 13 assists and is third in points with 15. Junior Ally Tarr and sophomore Kari Schmitt are tied for fourth on the squad with 13 points each, followed by senior Tina Hollowell and junior Annie Svedin who each have tallied 12, while senior Minttu Tuominen, sophomore Danielle Gagne and freshman Julia McKinnon have 11.


Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp picked up the win Friday at Princeton, improving her record this season to 11-4-0. The win marked the 30th of Knapp's career as a Buckeye and she now holds a career record of 30-23-8. This season Knapp has a goals-against average of 2.27 and a .922 save percentage. 


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.


The Mavericks ended a seven-game skid last Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Bemidji State. The win gave MSU the series split and 12 points in the WCHA, good for sixth-place. The Mavericks are backstopped by junior goaltender Danielle Butters, who has started all 16 games and has a goals-against average of 2.90 and a .915 save percentage. Offensively, MSU is led by senior Lauren Smith with 14 points, including a team-leading 11 goals. Junior Tracy McCann is second on the squad with 13 points (7-6) and senior Emilia Anderson has tallied 10 points, including a team-leading eight assists.


OSU has won its last six contests versus MSU, with its last loss to the Mavericks coming back on Nov. 13, 2010 in Columbus. OSU has not lost in Mankato since Nov. 10, 2007, and is 21-3-2 all-time in Mankato. The Buckeyes hold a 43-9-4 edge in the all-time series with Minnesota State. Ally Tarr scored three goals against MSU a season ago, including game-winners on Oct. 28, 2011 and Jan. 20, 2012. Hokey Langan and Taylor Kuehl had game-winning scores against the Mavericks, Oct. 29, 2011, and Jan. 21, 2012, respectively. Lisa Steffes went 4-0-0 against Minnesota State in 2011-12, stopping 94 of 98 shots and picking up her first career shutout on Oct. 29, 2011. 


  • McKinnon's score on Friday marked her fourth-consecutive game with a goal.
  • Gagne had an assist on the lone goal Saturday, giving her a three-point series.
  • Gagne now has a career high 11 points this season on five goals and six assists.
  • Tarr had three assists in Friday's win, a career best.
  • Tarr scored her first goal of the season Saturday, giving her a four-point series.
  • Kuehl had an assist on the lone goal Saturday and has registered at least one point every series.
  • Two Buckeyes are in the top-ten in overall scoring in the WCHA; Semenza is tied for eighth and Kuehl is tenth.
  • Kuehl is tied for fifth in overall goal scoring in the WCHA; Semenza is tied for seventh.
  • Langan is fourth in the WCHA for overall assists; Tarr is tied for fifth and K. Schmitt is seventh.
  • K. Schmitt and Svedin are both in top-five scoring for defensemen in the WCHA.
  • McKinnon is tied for fourth in scoring for freshmen in the WCHA; third in goals scored.
  • Knapp is fourth in the WCHA in GAA and save percentage; second in winning percentage.


Ohio State concludes the first-half of the regular season with a non-conference series at the OSU Ice Rink, Dec. 8-9, against the Tigers of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. ET Saturday and 2:07 p.m. ET Sunday.