Oct. 11, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s hockey team, coming off its first ever sweep of WCHA foe Minnesota Duluth, hosts ranked opponent No. 6 North Dakota at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 12-13. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.

The team is 4-0-0 for the third time in program history and the hot start has the Buckeyes in the Top 10 in both national polls for the first time since January 2011. Ohio State is tenth in both the Division I Women’s Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll.


Friday, Oct. 12, 2012- 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012- 4:07 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 8/7 Minnesota Duluth

Ohio State went on the road for the first time this season and returned home still unbeaten following its first-ever sweep of Minnesota Duluth. The two wins came at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., the site where the team’s 2011-12 season came to an end at the hands of the Bulldogs in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

On Friday, the Buckeyes got two early goals in the opening period and added an insurance goal in the third on its way to a 3-1 victory. Sophomore Kayla Sullivan scored 55 seconds into the game for her first goal of the season and senior Hokey Langan then put the Buckeyes up a pair with her first of the season. UMD scored to make it 2-1 into the first break and following a scoreless second, senior Paige Semenza added another, her fourth of the year.

In game two, it was the Bulldogs who jumped out to an early lead 15 seconds into the game. The Buckeyes responded with two goals in the first period with one coming from sophomore Taylor Kuehl and the other from senior Minttu Tuominen. After another scoreless second period, Minnesota Duluth tied things up at 2-all. With less than four minutes to play in regulation, it was Tuominen finding the back of the net once again to give the Buckeyes the lead and eventually the game. Redshirt-junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp picked up the wins in goal while stopping 39 of 42 shots on goal.


Following the loss of a senior class that provided a lot of offensive production last season, there was a question of who would fill that void. With 24 of the 50 points tallied through four games, the new Buckeye senior class of Paige Semenza (8), Tina Hollowell (5), Hokey Langan (5), Minttu Tuominen (5) and Kim Theut (1), have answered that call. Semenza is leading the team in points, goals (4) and assists (4; tied with Langan and junior Annie Svedin). The senior group is a combined +16 while on the ice.


Redshirt-junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. This is the second honor for Knapp with the other coming on Jan. 6, 2010, during her freshman season. 

Knapp, a native of York, N.Y., stopped 39 of 42 shots in Duluth over weekend to help guide the Buckeyes to its first-ever series sweep of the Bulldogs. She posted three shutout periods against Minnesota Duluth and now has a total of eight shutout periods in four games this season. Knapp also kept the Bulldogs scoreless on all four of their power-play opportunities. Knapp has an impressive goals-against average of 1.25 and a .937 save percentage in 239:52 of ice time this season. With the two wins against Minnesota Duluth, Knapp and the Buckeyes hold a record of 4-0-0, 2-0-0 in the WCHA.


The first goal of the season for Langan was the 47th of her career, tying her for fifth all-time at Ohio State for goals scored with former Buckeye Laura McIntosh (2009-12). With an assist in the game on Saturday, Langan moved into a tie for seventh all-time in career assists at Ohio State with former Buckeye Natalie Spooner (2009-12).


North Dakota comes in as the sixth-ranked team in both national DI women’s hockey polls after starting the season with a series split with WCHA foe Minnesota State in Grand Forks, N.D., Oct. 5-6. North Dakota was up 2-0 going into the third period in the first game against Minnesota State before giving up three third period goals with less than seven minutes to play in regulation. North Dakota responded on Saturday by picking up a 4-1 win over the Mavericks.

Seniors Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux each have a share of the team lead in points (3) along with redshirt-freshman Leah Jensen. Jocelyne led the team last season with 82 points (34-48) and Monique was second with 71 (26-45).


Ohio State is 18-11-3 all-time against the University of North Dakota and is 11-4-1 in Columbus. However, the Buckeyes have gone 1-6-1 against North Dakota over the past two seasons.


With the first season of Ohio State women’s hockey being played in 1999-2000, the program has amassed a record of 198-235-46, making the Buckeyes two victories shy of the 200 milestone. 


Friday and Saturday will each be promoting great causes at the OSU Ice Rink. On Friday, we will be celebrating Sweetest Day and taking pop tabs and/or travel toiletries for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Saturday is Pink the Rink for Breast Cancer Awareness as pink buffs will be handed out with a post-game skate with some Ohio State players.


• Senior Paige Semenza has tallied a point in every game so far season.

• Junior Annie Svedin is second on the team with six points. Her previous high for points in a season  was seven in 2011-12.

• This is the third 4-0-0 start in program history, but the Buckeyes have never started off a season 5-0-0. 

• Junior forward Ally Tarr, the Buckeyes leading returning scorer from a season ago, saw her first action               of the season while in Duluth, recording an assist in the victory on Saturday.

• Freshman defender Cara Zubko tallied her first career point in the win on Friday with an assist on a      goal in the first period.

• Ohio State has scored three or more goals in all four games this season.

• The Buckeyes are converting on the power play at a 28.6 percent clip (6-21) and have held opponents                to a 7.7 percent success rate (1-13).


Ohio State will head back to the state of Minnesota for its second away series of the 2012-13 campaign, this time for a conference battle with the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers.