Oct. 31, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 10 Ohio State travels to St. Cloud, Minn., for a weekend date with the Huskies of St. Cloud State, Nov. 2-3. The puck is set to drop Friday at 8:07 p.m. ET and Saturday at 3:07 p.m. ET.


Friday, Nov. 2, 2012/8:07 p.m. ET  

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012/3:07 p.m. ET 

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Ohio State earned a series sweep over Bemidji State, Oct. 26-27, winning 4-1 Friday night and 10-1 Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday night’s victory marked the 200th win for the women’s hockey program at OSU. The ten-goal outburst Saturday was the highest for a single game in program history. The Buckeyes got three goals in the first period, five in the second and added two more in the third. The five goals in the second period are the most goals scored in a single period in program history.

Other program offensive records that fell in the game included points in a game (28); assists in a game (18); assists in one period (9); points in one period (14); and the nine goal margin of victory is the highest ever for Ohio State. The Buckeyes went a perfect 4-4 on the power play in the game Saturday and were 5-9 overall on the weekend. OSU killed off all nine Bemidji State power play opportunities in the series.


Ohio State comes in as the tenth-ranked team in the latest Division I Women’s Poll and USA Today/USA Magazine Women’s Poll. After climbing to No. 6 in the poll two weeks ago the Buckeyes fell out of the poll last week but were receiving votes. This is the second consecutive week at No. 10 in the USA Today/USA Magazine DI Women’s Hockey Poll.


Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl was been named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Kuehl, a native of Minnetrista, Minn., recorded her first career hat trick in the 10-1 win over Bemidji State, Oct. 27. Kuehl added an assist on the night to help her finish with a career best four-point game. She scored a goal Friday night as well in the 4-1 victory over BSU. Kuehl is second on the team in goals scored this season with eight and has found the back of the net six times in the last four games. Five weeks into the season the Buckeyes have already received three player of the week honors from the league, including Chelsea Knapp, Oct. 10, and Paige Semenza, Oct. 17. 


The Buckeyes defense put in a stellar performance against the Beavers, allowing only two goals and killing off all nine of Bemidji State’s power play opportunities. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 50 of 52 shots faced in 105:08 against Bemidji State. With the two victories Knapp improved her 2012-13 record to 7-3-0. Knapp now has a goals-against average of 2.42 and a saves percentage of .916 on the season. Sophomore goaltender Stacy Danczak made her first career appearance in the win Saturday, stopping all eight shots faced in 14:52 of play.


Senior forward Paige Semenza leads the team in points (15) and goals scored (9) following a two-goal, one assist weekend against Bemidji State. Senior forward Hokey Langan had a goal and three assists in the series against BSU, giving her 12 points and a team-leading ten assists. Junior defenseman Annie Svedin is third with 11 points and Kuehl is fourth with ten.


Senior forward Hokey Langan keeps moving up the career lists at Ohio State. Following a five-point weekend, Langan sits fifth all-time for goals scored at OSU with 48. She is one assist shy of 70 for her career, which would tie her for fifth on the all-time assist list with former Buckeye Emily Hudak (2000-03).


The Huskies come in with an overall record of 2-5-1, 2-4-0 in the WCHA. St. Cloud State is coming off a non-conference road series with Providence, tying 2-2 Saturday and losing 4-2 Sunday. SCSU is led by junior forward Molli Mott (2-2-4) and senior forward Alex Nelson (1-3-4). Sophomore Julie Friend and freshman Katie Fitzgerald have split time in goal for the Huskies, each starting four games. Friend holds a record of 1-2-1 and has a 2.95 goals-against average and a .922 saves percentage. Fitzgerald has compiled a record of 1-3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average and saves percentage of .935. SCSU is coached by Jeff Giesen who is in his seventh season with the program.


Ohio State holds a 29-23-5 advantage in the all-time series with St. Cloud State with the series dating back to Oct. 22, 1999. Last season the Buckeyes went 3-1 against the Huskies, winning both games at home 5-1, Oct. 14-15, 2011, and splitting games in St. Cloud, 2-0 and 3-4, Jan. 6-7, 2012. Taylor Kuehl and Danielle Gagne saw their first career goals come against SCSU last season. Gagne and Ally Tarr each scored twice against the Huskies, while Kuehl, Hokey Langan, Tina Hollowell and Minttu Tuominen had one goal against SCSU.


• Friday night’s victory marked the 200th win for the women’s hockey program at Ohio State.

• OSU is scoring on 26.5 percent of its power play opportunities (13-49).

• OSU has allowed just seven power play goals in 50 opponent chances.

• The Buckeyes are off to the best start through 10 games in program history.

• Previous best start through ten games was the 2010-11 season (6-3-1).


Ohio State has a bye week prior to hosting Wisconsin, Nov. 16-17. The two games against the Badgers are both set for 2:07 p.m. and will be played in Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. These will be the first regular season women’s hockey games played at Value City Arena (home of OSU men’s hockey).