Ohio State Edges Wisconsin, 4-3, to Split Weekend Series
Junior forward Melani Moylan registers goal and assist for Buckeyes

Senior defenseman Kari Schmitt registered two assists for the Buckeyes
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:38  OSU1-0 EV Kayla Sullivan (5)Melani Moylan/9, Kendall Curtis/5
2nd 6:02  WIS1-1 PP Courtney Burke (4)Blayre Turnbull/16, Karley Sylvester/22
2nd 11:44  OSU2-1 PP Melani Moylan (3)Sara Schmitt/16, Kari Schmitt/14
2nd 14:48  WIS2-2 EV Mellissa Channell (2)Jenny Ryan/16, Sydney McKibbon/12
3rd 6:00  OSU3-2 SH Claudia Kepler (11)Julia McKinnon/8
3rd 11:03  OSU4-2 EV GW Danielle Gagne (8)Taylor Kuehl/12, Kari Schmitt/15
3rd 18:32  WIS3-4 EV EA Annie Pankowski (16)Jenny Ryan/17, Mellissa Channell/14
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Wisconsin  0213
Ohio State  1124
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Wisconsin  1012931
Ohio State  811423
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Wisconsin (23-5-4)  1/4 4/8 0
Ohio State (17-12-3)  1/3 5/10 1
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ann-Renée Desbiens (L, 20-5-4)57:374 710219
Empty Net2:230     
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stacy Danczak (W, 8-3-3)60:003 1010828

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a signature win for the program and its influential senior class, the Ohio State women's hockey team (17-12-3, 12-11-3-1 WCHA) upset third-ranked Wisconsin (23-5-4, 18-5-3-1 WCHA) by a score of 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. A group of six seniors - Taylor Kuehl, Kayla Sullivan, Kara Gust, Danielle Gagne, Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt - were recognized following the win in which they combined for six points on two goals and four assists.

With a 2-2 draw heading into the third, Ohio State tallied the go-ahead goal six minutes into the period. Short-handed at the time of the play, a face-off win in their zone set up a strike from Buckeye Claudia Kepler. The goal, which was Kepler's 11th of her sophomore campaign, was assisted by junior Julia McKinnon. The game-winner was posted at 11:03 by Gagne, who gave Ohio State a 4-2 lead off a feed from classmates Kuehl and Kari Schmitt. Although the Badgers answered with just over two minutes remaining in the game, the Buckeye defense and starting goalie Stacy Danczak held strong to register the 4-3 victory.

In the first period, the Buckeyes went up 1-0 lead on a score by Sullivan at 7:38. Finding the back of the net off a rebound by junior Melani Moylan, the goal was Sullivan's fifth of the season. Junior Kendall Curtis also added a helper on the play. Wisconsin outshot the Scarlet and Gray 10-8 in the stanza, as Danczak was credited with 10 stops.

Wisconsin retaliated with an equalizer approximately six minutes into the second period. Badger Courtney Burke posted her fourth goal of the season with assists credited to teammates Blayre Turnbull and Karley Sylvester. On a Buckeye power play at 11:44, Moylan responded with a goal of her own, providing Ohio State a one-goal lead. The play was assisted by veterans Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt. In the final minute of the period, Wisconsin once again tied the game, 2-2, with a goal from Mellissa Channell. There were eight penalties registered in the stanza, as Ohio State went 1-for-3 on the power play. Danczak added 10 saves to her total.

For the game, Wisconsin held a 31-23 advantage in shots. In her 14th start of the season, Danczak recorded 28 saves in 60 minutes of play, boosting her record to 8-3-3. Wisconsin's standout goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens posted 19 stops for the Badgers.

The Buckeyes went 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Ohio State closes its regular season on the road, taking on Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. Feb. 20-22.