The Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State closed the book on 2010 with a 4-2 victory to complete a sweep of Wayne State at the OSU Ice Rink. The series marked the final non-conference tilts for the Buckeyes, who finished with a 6-0-0 record against teams outside the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Ohio State (10-8-2 overall, 4-8-2-2 WCHA) scored three goals in the third stanza, including an empty-netter, to pull away. Sophomore Paige Semenza had a season-high two points and linemates Tina Hollowell and Kim Theut added a goal and assist, respectively.

The Buckeyes carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after senior Jenna Kilpatrick backhanded the puck from along to boards to classmate Christina Mancuso, who swept in on net. The puck popped loose and sophomore Amanda Boskovich knocked it in from the right post at 11:44. 

The Warriors (7-11-0 overall, 1-5-0 College Hockey America) responded in the second period with a power play goal 3:50 into the stanza. Micheline Frappier scored top-shelf with assists by Julie Ingratta and Cari Coen.

Semenza gave the Buckeyes a lead just 1:09 into the third when she charged down the ice and scored five-hole off a pass by senior defenseman Shannon Reilly. Ohio State then went ahead by two on Hollowell’s goal on a wrist shot from the right doorstep at 3:01. She was set up by Theut and Semenza.

The goal proved to be the game-winner as all Wayne State could do was cut the lead to 3-2. Taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play, Gina Buquet scored from the right post at 6:27 off an assist from Jill Szandzik and a long pass by goalie Delayne Brian.

With time winding down, the Warriors pulled Brian for an extra skater, but sophomore Hokey Langan capitalized on an empty net, splitting two defenders and firing the puck in for the final 4-2 score.

Ohio State dominated the shots with a 44-11 margin. Brian (7-11-0) made 41 saves for the Warriors while freshman Lisa Steffes finished with nine saves to move to 10-8-2 for OSU. The Buckeye special teams had a tough game, going 0 of 6 on the power play and 1 of 3 on the penalty kill.