Sept. 29, 2012

Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State women’s hockey squad improved to 2-0 on the 2012-13 season following a convincing 7-2 win at the OSU Ice Rink, Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously we are happy with two wins and a home sweep,” Nate Handrahan, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “We have a lot of work to do to tighten up our game. Lindenwood played a hard, gritty game again today and I am proud that we battled and got results.”

Junior Annie Svedin and senior Paige Semenza led the way for the Buckeyes, with five and four point afternoons respectively. Freshman Julia McKinnon found the back of the net for the first time as a Buckeye, and seniors Kim Theut and Tina Hollowell each had a goal for Ohio State.

Junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp improved her record to 2-0 for the season. Knapp made 16 saves while allowing two goals. The Buckeyes outshot the Lions 60-18, and 124-37 in the series.

Semenza got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first at 8:50 of the first period, with assists coming from senior Minttu Tuominen and sophomore Kayla Sullivan. Svedin added another in the first at the 15:44 mark to put Ohio State up two going into the first intermission. Assists went to Semenza and Tuominen on the second goal.

In the second the Buckeyes would add two more to their lead to go up 4-0. Svedin got her second of the day at 2:38 of the second period with assists going to Semenza and McKinnon. Theut, who missed last season due to an injury, scored her first of the year 4:57 into the period with assists from freshmen Melani Moylan and Bryanna Neuwald.

Lindenwood answered back with two of their own at 13:02 and 15:58 of the second. Semenza put the Buckeyes up 5-2 going into the second intermission with her second goal of the day with just 40 seconds left on the clock. Senior Hokey Langan and Svedin picked up the assists on the score. 

McKinnon notched her goal at the 10:34 mark of the final period and Hollowell added one more for good measure at 16:57. Hollowell had the assist on the McKinnon goal as well, while Svedin and Langan had the assists on the final goal.

Ohio State will be on the road next weekend as they open up WCHA play with a series with Minnesota Duluth, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn.