Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State University women's hockey team came away with a 4-0 season opening victory over Lindenwood, Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
"I am pleased with our performance tonight against a stingy Lindenwood team," Nate Handrahan, head coach of Ohio State, said. "We competed hard and generated a lot of quality opportunities and limited theirs."
Although the score stayed somewhat close for most of the game, the Buckeyes dominated the possession of the puck and the shot count, which ended up at 64-19 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Senior forward Tina Hollowell gave the Buckeyes their first goal and lead of the season just 5:22 into the first period to take a 1-0 advantage. Freshman Julia McKinnon and sophomore Kayla Sullivan had the assists on the play. The assist marked the first point as a Buckeye for McKinnon.
It remained a one goal game until 5:19 in the second period when sophomore Kari Schmitt found the back of the net on the power play and put Ohio State up 2-0. The assists on the goal, which was the third of Schmitt's career, came from sophomores Danielle Gagne and Taylor Kuehl.
Ohio State added two more goals late in the third period for good measure. Kuehl scored a power play goal at the 17:16 mark of the final period, with assists coming from K. Schmitt and her sister, sophomore Sara Schmitt. The goal marked the fourth for Kuehl in her career.
With just 17 seconds remaining on the clock, senior Paige Semenza fired one past Lions freshman goaltender Nicole Hensley. The 17th goal of Semenza's career was assisted by seniors Hokey Langan and Minttu Tuominen.
Redshirt-junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp got the shutout victory in goal for Ohio State. She had 19 saves on the night. Despite giving up four goals, Hensley recorded 60 saves for the Lions to keep the game closer than it may have been.
Ohio State finished 2-6 on the power play while killing off all four of Lindenwood's power play chances.
Ohio State (1-0-0) will play host to Lindenwood (0-1-0) once again Saturday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.