Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team completed the series sweep of No. 7 North Dakota with a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes honored its six seniors following the game in a special ceremony. The six seniors playing in their final home game were Chelsea Knapp, Ally Tarr, Becky Allis, Madison Marcotte, Annie Svedin and Lisa Steffes.
Knapp got the start between the pipes for the Buckeyes and followed up Friday’s shutout performance by Steffes by allowing only one goal while stopping 30 shots. With the win Knapp moved into a tie with former Buckeye Ericka Vanderveer for most wins in program history with 42.
North Dakota took the game’s first lead at 9:24 of the opening period on a strike from Amy Menke.
The Buckeyes answered at 14:35 of the first on the tenth goal of the season from Tarr to send the game into the first intermission tied 1-1. Assists on the score were credited to juniors Taylor Kuehl and Danielle Gagne, the 12th helpers of the season for each.
Following a scoreless second period, sophomore Kendall Curtis skated the puck to the center of the North Dakota zone and fired a shot past UND goaltender Lexie Shaw for the game-winner 3:27 into the final stanza. The unassisted score was the seventh for the Highlands Ranch, Colo., product this season.
OSU would extend its lead to 3-1 at the 9:35 mark of the period on the tenth goal of the season for Gagne. Tarr picked up an assist on the score, giving her 103 career points and moving her into eighth place on the Buckeyes all-time scoring list.
Both teams went scoreless on the power play attack, the Buckeyes having six chances to North Dakota’s two. Shaw stopped 19 of 22 shots faced for UND. OSU was outshot 31-22 in the contest.
Ohio State finishes the 2013-14 regular season with an overall record of 14-15-5, 9-14-5 against WCHA opponents. The Buckeyes will be on the road for their First Round WCHA Playoff best-of-three series with Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 28-March 2. It is the third year in a row that the Buckeyes and Bulldogs have matched up in the first round with UMD advancing to the Final Face-Off in 2012 and the Buckeyes advancing a season ago.