COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team picked up its first WCHA victory of the 2013-14 season Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink, downing St. Cloud State by a final score of 4-2. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 2-0-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in league play.
Redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp stays unbeaten on the year as she stopped 28 of 30 shots faced. Julie Friend made 23 saves for the Huskies and falls to 0-1-2 this season.
The Buckeyes went 2-4 on the power play and stopped all five of the Huskies power play opportunities. OSU was 10-10 on the penalty kill in the series. Shots on goal were 30-27 in favor of St. Cloud State.
Junior forward Danielle Gagne put the Buckeyes out front early with her first score of the season. Her goal at the 2:06 mark of the opening stanza was assisted on by junior defensemen Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt and gave OSU a 1-0 lead.
On the Buckeyes first power play chance of the afternoon, senior forward Ally Tarr picked up her first goal of the season and gave Ohio State a 2-goal advantage at 3:26 of the first. Junior Taylor Kuehl picked up the assist on the score.
Sophomore forward Kendall Curtis scored what would be the eventual game-winner at 7:50 of the second period with an assist by Gagne. The second goal of the season for Curtis gave OSU a 3-0 cushion at the time.
After controlling periods one and two, the Buckeyes let the game get close again in the third as the Huskies made a charge, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the period.
Abby Ness scored just 43 seconds in on a nice breakaway score with assists to Molli Mott and Julia Gilbert. Mott then made it a 3-2 game at the 3:25 mark of the third, redirecting an Audrey Hanmer shot in front of the net for her first score of the season. Hanmer and Ness were credited with the assists on the goal.
Kari Schmitt gave the Buckeyes some breathing room at the 14:13 mark, finding the back of the net for the third time this season and giving OSU a 4-2 advantage. Sara Schmitt and Tarr assisted on the goal which came on the power play, the fifth and fourth helpers of the season for them, respectively.
Up next for Ohio State is a trip to Grand Forks, N. D., for a league series with No. 6 North Dakota Oct. 18-19.