Ohio State Travels to New Hampshire for Non-Conference Series
Nov. 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Durham, N. H. this weekend for a non-conference series with the New Hampshire Wildcats. Game times are set for 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday and 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday on Towse Rink at the Whittemore Center.
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Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Ohio State has an overall record of 3-9-2, 2-8-2 in the WCHA.
In the Polls
Ohio State is currently receiving no votes in the USCHO.com or USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I women’s hockey polls.
Last Time Out: Robert Morris
Ohio State fell to non-conference foe Robert Morris in a rare mid-week game Tuesday night at the OSU Ice Rink by a score of 2-1. Freshman forward Claudia Kepler scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes in the loss, her third of the season and first at the OSU Ice Rink. Kepler was set up on the play on a nice pass from sophomore forward Julia McKinnon and junior defenseman Sara Schmitt also had an assist on the play. Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes made her fifth start of the season for Ohio State and made 24 saves. OSU carried a one score lead after one period of play, but Robert Morris got the equalizer in the second and the game-winner early in the third to get the road win.
News and Notes
- Senior Ally Tarr had a goal this past Saturday at Minnesota State and it was number 39 for her career. She currently sits tenth all-time in OSU program history for goals scored.
- Freshman Claudia Kepler’s goal against Robert Morris made it five-straight opponents in which a rookie has scored a goal. Kepler had two in the series at Wisconsin, freshman Breanne Grant had one in the Bemidji State series and freshman Katie Matheny had goals in the Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State series.
- Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp has started nine games this season while Steffes has gotten the nod in five. Knapp has a goals-against average of 3.14 with a .895 save percentage. Steffes, in 189:40 less minutes in goal, has recorded a 1.83 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage.
- Sara and Kari Schmitt are 1-2 on the team in points this season with 12 and 11 each, respectively. The defensemen pair has 45 career points each and are tied for ninth all-time in program history for defensemen scoring.
About New Hampshire
The Wildcats come into the series with an overall record of 6-7-2. They are members of the Hockey East Conference and carry a 2-3-2 league record this season. They come into this series looking to snap a three-game skid. UNH is led offensively by senior Nicole Gifford who has 11 points on a team-leading six goals and five assists. Freshman Cassandra Vilgrain is second on the team with nine points junior Hannah Armstrong is third with eight points. Sophomore goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara has compiled a 5-3-2 record on the season while recording a goals-against average of 2.37 and a .919 save percentage. UNH head coach Brian McCloskey is in his 11th season and has compiled an impressive record of 252-111-40.
Buckeyes vs. Wildcats
The Buckeyes and Wildcats faced one another twice each season for the first four seasons that Ohio State had women’s hockey, from 1999-2003. In those eight games the Buckeyes were only able to come out on the winning side once; a 4-3 victory at New Hampshire Oct. 19, 2001. The last four meetings have been one-goal games, with two of those needing overtime to decide the winner.
Ohio State will host No. 1 Minnesota at the OSU Ice Rink next Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. They will be the last games for the Buckeyes until 2014 when they welcome Penn State to Columbus for the first time Jan. 3-4. The games with Minnesota are set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 12:07 p.m. Sunday.
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