Head coach Nate Handrahan has the Buckeyes off to a 12-5-1 start.
Dec. 6, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team plays host to RIT, a member of the College Hockey America conference, Dec. 8-9, at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes are 12-5-1 overall, 9-4-1 in the WCHA.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012/7:07 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012/2:07 p.m. ET
LAST TIME OUT: MINNESOTA STATE
Ohio State picked up five points in its series with Minnesota State in Mankato, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Buckeyes recorded a shootout victory Friday night following a 0-0 tie, and skated to a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon. Ohio State outshot Minnesota State 87-54 in the series and has outshot opponents 608-520 on the season. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp started both games in Mankato, stopping 51 of 54 shots faced.
OSU scored on all three of its attempts in the shootout Friday night including scores from senior Hokey Langan, junior Ally Tarr and sophomore Taylor Kuehl. Knapp stopped one of two shots faced in the shootout, giving the Buckeyes the 3-1 shootout win. On Saturday, OSU got two goals from Langan, one from senior Paige Semenza and the game-winner from freshman Julia McKinnon.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes are on the outside looking in for the second straight week in the USCHO.com Women’s DI Poll. Ohio State fell out of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine DI Poll this week after coming in as the tenth-ranked squad a week ago. The Buckeyes are receiving votes in both polls.
LANGAN TALLIES 50TH CAREER GOAL
Senior forward Hokey Langan scored her 49th and 50th career goals in the 4-3 win in Mankato on Saturday. Langan moved up on another all-time list at Ohio State, passing former Buckeye Erin Keys (2005-08) for sixth all-time in total points at OSU with 122. Langan sits fifth all-time for goals scored (50) and assists (72). She is one assist shy of tying former Buckeye Amber Bowman (2004-07) for fourth on the all-time assist list.
MCKINNON EARNS WCHA HONOR
Freshman forward Julia McKinnon has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. McKinnon scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes at 14:01 of the second period Saturday in a 4-3 victory over Minnesota State. It was the eighth goal for McKinnon, third most in the WCHA for rookies. It marked the fifth-consecutive series with a goal for McKinnon and she has scored in seven of nine series this season. She is tied for sixth on the squad with 12 points.
Chelsea Knapp holds a record of 12-4-1 on the season, a .735 winning percentage, and is now 31-23-9 in her career. Knapp is producing career bests in goals-against average (2.17) and save percentage (.925). Paige Semenza scored her 11th goal of the season Saturday, tying her with Taylor Kuehl for the team lead. Kuehl had an assist Saturday, keeping her streak of having at least one point in every series this season alive. Kari Schmitt had two assists Saturday, her third multiple assist game this season. Schmitt is third in the WCHA in points by a defenseman.
The 2012-13 season is the first season for the Tigers at the NCAA Division I level and they come into the series with an overall record of 6-7-2, 1-3-2 in the CHA. RIT joined the CHA this season along with other newcomers Lindenwood and Penn State. Previously the Tigers competed at the Division III level, compiling an impressive record of 54-3-3 over the past two seasons and winning the DIII National Championship a season ago. RIT is led offensively by Kim Schlattman and Ariame Yokoyama with 10 points each. Schlattman has a team-leading eight goals while Yokoyama leads the squad in assists with seven. Ali Binnington and Laura Chamberlain have split time in goal with Binnington going 4-3-1 and Chamberlain going 2-4-1. RIT comes into this series having lost three straight, including two at WCHA opponent North Dakota, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
BUCKEYES VS. TIGERS
This will mark the first meeting between these two programs as this is the first season playing at the NCAA Division I level for RIT.
PURPLE EAGLE CONNECTION
All five coaches for the Buckeyes and Tigers have a connection to Niagara University hockey as a player and/or coach. Ohio State head coach Nate Handrahan, a 2000 graduate of Niagara, assisted his alma mater in 2001 and served as assistant coach for three seasons. Handrahan was a standout defenseman for the Purple Eagles, twice an All-ECAC West selection and playing in every game during his four-year career.
OSU assistant coach Candace Moxley played for the Niagara women’s team, helping lead the Purple Eagles to a NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2002 and was named captain for the 2004-05 season. OSU assistant coach Chris MacKenzie spent three seasons as the head coach of Niagara’s women’s program (2009-11), leading them to back-to-back second-place finishes in the CHA. MacKenzie also played collegiately for the Purple Eagles, serving as the team’s first captain and is the all-time leader at Niagara for goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
RIT head coach Scott McDonald, also a 2000 graduate of Niagara, played defense for the Purple Eagles from its inaugural season in 1996 to 2000, helping lead the team to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid in his senior season. RIT assistant coach Shivaun Siegl spent the last three seasons as the primary assistant coach for the Niagara women’s team.
Ohio State heads into its winter offseason before returning to action with a Scarlet and Gray scrimmage and skills competition at the OSU Ice Rink, Jan. 5, 2013. The Buckeyes then travel to Wisconsin, Jan. 11-12, for a league series with the Badgers at the new LaBahn Arena in Madison.