Ohio State Wins 200th Game in Program History During Record-Breaking Weekend

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IINovember 6, 2012

Taylor Kuehl (Image courtesy of Ohio State Buckeyes)
Taylor Kuehl (Image courtesy of Ohio State Buckeyes)

A weekend sweep over the Bemidji State Beavers found the Ohio State Buckeyes making history in both wins. It was the Buckeyes' first sweep over Bemidji State since the 2008-09 season (the sweep occurred on October 24-25, 2008). In both losses, Natasha Kostenko logged the only goal for the Beavers.

An October 26 win over the Beavers found the Buckeyes earn their 200th win in program history. After a scoreless first period, Taylor Kuehl opened the scoring at the 1:20 mark of the second period. Less than two minutes later, Minttu Tuominen followed to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead.

With a checking penalty to Bemidji State’s Sadie Lundquist (at the 3:38 mark), the Buckeyes capitalized. Freshman Julia McKinnon scored on the power play with assists going to Kari Schmitt and Ally Tarr.

The 9:01 mark of the second would see the Buckeyes go ahead, 4-0, as Paige Semenza logged her eighth goal of the campaign. With the Beavers facing a four-goal deficit, Abby Ryplanski was replaced by Jessica Havel. 

Natasha Kostenko would score the final goal of the second period (and the game) at the 14:36 mark. After being outshot 26-18 through the first two periods, Bemidji State gave a valiant effort in the final stanza.

The Beavers outshot Ohio State by a 12-5 mark but Chelsea Knapp nullified two power-play opportunities as she claimed her sixth win of the season. In the loss, Bemidji State managed to win 39 of 68 faceoffs, with Sadie Lundquist winning 13.

Offensive fireworks were prevalent throughout the October 27 win as the Buckeyes 201st program victory was won by a convinving 10-1 tally. The 10 goals set a program record for most goals scored in one contest.

Abby Ryplanski, a transfer from the defunct Niagara Purple Eagles allowed the first four goals in the loss. Senior netminder Jess Havel relieved Ryplanski but fared worse, as she allowed six Buckeyes goals.

Three goals were scored in the first period as Hokey Langan, Annie Svedin and Tina Holllowell got on the scoresheet. Melani Moylan, Sara Schmitt, Danielle Gagne and Taylor Kuehl’s two scores comprised the five goals in the second (a new program record for most goals scored in one period).

The final stanza featured two more goals (one scored by Kuehl to earn the hat trick, and one by Paige Semenza). Special teams were crucial in the win, as the Buckeyes were a remarkable 4-of-4 on the power play, while they successfully nullified four penalties.

Of note, Buckeyes sophomore Taylor Kuehl logged the first hat trick of her career as part of a four-point performance.  Hokey Langan scored the 48th goal of her career to move past Laura McIntosh into fifth place on the Buckeyes all-time scoring list.

Buckeyes goaltender Chelsea Knapp stood between the pipes in both historic wins. In the 10-1 win, several other program records were broken by the Buckeyes. Winning by nine goals is now the highest margin of victory in a Buckeyes game.

The 28 points combined by Buckeyes skaters (10 goals and 18 assists), along with those 18 assists set two new records. Other records that fell included most assists in one period with nine, and most points in one period with 14, respectively.