Sophomore forward Paige Semenza posts goal and assist for Buckeyes

Paige Semenza had a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team closed the books on 2010 on a high note with a 4-2 victory Friday afternoon to complete a sweep of Wayne State at the OSU Ice Rink. The series was the final non-conference one for the Buckeyes, who finish with a 6-0-0 mark against teams outside of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. OSU moves to 10-8-2 overall (4-8-2-2 WCHA), while Wayne State falls to 7-11-0 (1-5-0 College Hockey America).

The teams headed into final period tied at 1-1, but Ohio State scored three goals in the third, including an empty-netter, to pull away for the win. Sophomore Paige Semenza had a season-high two points and her linemates Tina Hollowell and Kim Theut also had a goal and assist, respectively.

Ohio State carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when senior Jenna Kilpatrick backhanded the puck from along to boards to classmate Christina Mancuso, who swept in on net. The puck popped loose and sophomore Amanda Boskovich knocked it in from the right post at 11:44.

The Warriors responded in the second period with a power play goal 3:50 into the stanza. Micheline Frappier scored top-shelf with assists by Julie Ingratta and Cari Coen.

Semenza gave the Buckeyes a lead just 1:09 into the third when she charged down the ice and scored five-hole off a pass by senior defenseman Shannon Reilly. Ohio State then went up by two at 3:01 on Hollowell's goal on a wrist shot from the right doorstep, set up by Theut and Semenza.

The goal proved to be the gamewinner after Wayne State cut the lead to 3-2 at 6:27. Taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play, Gina Buquet scored from the right post from Jill Szandzik and a long pass by goalie Delayne Brian.

With time winding down, the Warriors pulled Brian for an extra skater but the sophomore Hokey Langan capitalized on an empty net, splitting two defenders and firing the puck in for the 4-2 victory.

For the game, Ohio State dominated the shots with a 44-11 margin. Brian (7-11-0) made 41 saves for the Warriors while freshman Lisa Steffes finished with nine saves to move to 10-8-2. The Buckeye special teams had a tough game at 0-of-6 on the power play and 1-of-3 on the penalty kill.

Up next, Ohio State stays in Columbus for its first set of back-to-back home series this season. The Buckeyes take on No. 2 Wisconsin in a WCHA series Jan. 7-8 at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free.

Game Notes:

- Ohio State defeated all three College Hockey America teams it faced this season - Robert Morris, Syracuse and Wayne State.

- The Buckeyes have won all four games against the Warriors, first meeting in 2001.

- Ohio State is 7-2-1 on home ice this season.

- Junior forwards Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh missed the game while traveling with the Canadian Under-22 National Team to Switzerland for the 2011 MLP Cup. Freshman defenseman Annie Svedin missed the entire Wayne State series while preparing for the tournament with Sweden. All three will miss the Wisconsin series next weekend.

- Jenna Kilpatrick's assist was her first point of the season.

- Hokey Langan moved into eighth in the Ohio State career goals category with 36, tying with Morgan Marziali (2006-09).