Oct. 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio-  No. 10 Ohio State set a new program record for goals in a game Saturday, downing Bemidji State 10-1 at the OSU Ice Rink.

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 offensive school 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. 

Ohio State was a perfect 4-4 on the power play and killed off all four of the Beaver’s power play opportunities. Despite the lopsided score the Buckeyes only out shot Bemidji State 32-30. Eight different Buckeyes recorded multi-point games.

Sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl was the only player with a multi-goal game, as she recorded her first career hat trick. Kuehl added an assist and finished the night with four points. Kuehl has now scored six goals in the last four games.

Senior forward Hokey Langan also had a four point night with a goal and three assists. It was the 48th career goal for Langan, placing her alone in fifth place all-time on the Ohio State career goals scored list, passing former Buckeye Laura McIntosh (2009-12).

Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp picked up the win between the pipes to improve to 7-3-0 on the season. Knapp played 45:08 before giving way to sophomore Stacy Danczak who played the final 14:52. Knapp surrendered one goal while stopping 21 shots on goal. For Danczak it was her first career appearance and she stopped all eight shots she faced.

Langan got the scoring started 13:11 into the first period with her second goal of the season. Assists on the play went to senior Paige Semenza and junior Annie Svedin. Svedin then found the back of the net at the 17:21 mark after being set up by Langan and senior Tina Hollowell. It was goal number three for Svedin on the season. The final score of the period came at 19:31 on a rebound put in by Hollowell, her fourth goal of the season. Senior Minttu Tuominen and Svedin were credited with assists. All three goals in the opening period came while on the power play.

The Buckeyes went up 4-0, 1:49 into the second period on the first goal of the day by Kuehl. Sophomore Danielle Gagne and junior Ally Tarr picked up the assists on the goal. Following the goal the Beavers replaced goaltender Abby Ryplanski, who had stopped six of ten shots, with Jessica Havel. Havel finished the game with 16 saves while allowing six goals.

The Beavers would score their lone goal at the 2:34 mark of the second on a goal by Natasha Kostenko, with assists from Emily Erickson and Tess Dusik.

Freshman forward Melani Moylan fired a shot past Havel for her first career goal 9:41 into the period. Fellow freshman Bryanna Neuwald and Kendall Curtis had the assists on the score, the first career point for Curtis.

Kuehl would score her second of the game on the Buckeye power play at 10:59 with assists going to Tarr and sophomore Sara Schmitt. Schmitt then followed with a goal of her own at the 13:02 mark, her first goal of the year. Her sister, sophomore Kari Schmitt, and Langan had the assists on the score. The second period scoring was capped off by a goal by Gagne just 18 seconds after the goal by Schmitt with the assist going the Kuehl.

Kuehl’s third goal of the day came at 5:03 of the final period with Tarr and Gagne recording assists. Semenza then added one more at 6:51 of the third after being set up on a nice pass from Langan.      

No. 10 Ohio State (7-3-0, 5-3-0 WCHA) travels to St. Cloud, Minn., Nov. 2-3, for a WCHA match-up with the Huskies of St. Cloud State. Game times are set for 8:07 p.m. ET Friday and 3:07 p.m. ET Saturday.