COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team finished its first-half of the season on a high-note Sunday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink, taking down non-conference RIT by a final score of 6-2.
Seniors Kim Theut and Tina Hollowell got the scoring started for the Buckeyes and junior Ally Tarr and freshman Julia McKinnon added a pair of goals each to lead OSU to the victory. Tarr added an assist to finish with a three-point day, as did sophomore Sara Schmitt, who recorded three assists.
The Tigers struck first to take an early one-goal lead at 2:19 of the first period on a goal by Casidhe Kunichika.
Fifth-year senior Theut notched the game-tying score at the 8:03 mark of the first, her 16th career goal. Tallying an assist on the goal was sophomore Danielle Gagne.
Hollowell tipped in a shot on the power play to put the Buckeyes up 2-1 at 11:50 of the opening period. The eighth goal of the season for Hollowell was the game-winner and was assisted by senior Minttu Tuominen and junior Annie Svedin.
Tarr and McKinnon each scored power play goals in a second period in which the Buckeyes outshot the Tigers 18-1. Tarr capitalized on a Tigers power play with a goal at 4:09 of the period with assists going to sophomore Taylor Kuehl and S. Schmitt.
Following a major-penalty and game-misconduct called against RIT, McKinnon drilled a shot into the back of the net to put OSU up 4-1. The goal came at 7:21 of the period and assists were credited to Tarr and S. Schmitt.
The Buckeyes added to the lead with Tarr's second goal of the game at 3:59 of period three. The third goal of the season for Tarr was assisted by sophomore Kari Schmitt.
At 9:36 of the third period Ohio State was whistled for a delay of game penalty which resulted in a penalty shot for the Tigers. Kourtney Kunichika took the shot and was able to beat redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp to close the gap to 5-2.
McKinnon added her second of the day at the 15:16 mark of the third, her tenth goal of the season. S. Schmitt and Theut tallied assists on the score.
Knapp finished the day with 16 saves and picked up her 14th victory of the season. Shots on goal were 36-18 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State (14-5-1, 9-4-1 WCHA) is off for the rest of 2012 and returns to action Jan. 11-12, 2013, with a series with Wisconsin in Madison.