COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team concluded game one of its series with Princeton in a 2-2 tie at the OSU Ice Rink Friday. Junior Paige Semenza finished with two points on a goal and an assist, while senior Natalie Spooner finished with a pair of helpers.
Ohio State goalie Chelsea Knapp finished with 31 saves, including two stops in the shootout, to move to 2-2-3 on the season. Princeton's Rachel Weber totaled 38 saves and is 6-9-2 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes scored the first goal of the game at 00:36 in the second on the power play. Sophomore Ally Tarr picked up a quick rebound off a Spooner shot to slip the puck under Weber's leg for her ninth goal of the season. Spooner and Semenza were awarded with an assist apiece.
Princeton (6-9-2) equalized with its own power play at 7:13 in the second. A tripping penalty sent Danielle Gagne to the box at 7:58 and the Tigers capitalized with a goal from Gabie Figueroa. Assists went to Danill DiCesare and Kelly Cooke. The squads went into the final intermission locked at one goal apiece.
Ohio State (9-7-3) had an opportunity at 2:31 in the third to take a one-goal advantage after Tarr was tripped in the slot. She was awarded a penalty shot, but it ricocheted off the post.
Semenza nabbed her first goal of the season at 5:41 to put the Buckeyes up 2-1. The assistant captain back-handed a shot off the far post and into the net for the score with assists to Spooner and senior captain Kelly Wild.
The Tigers knotted the game up at 2-2 late in the third when Sally Butler slipped the puck past Knapp in mid-fall. The goal at 16:14 was assisted by Rose Alleva.
In overtime, Ohio State out-shot the Tigers 3-0, but couldn't capitalize. The squads finished the game in a shootout with the Buckeyes winning 2-1. Tarr and Spooner each notched a goal, while the second Princeton shot went wide and Knapp stopped the third.
Ohio State totaled 41 shots on goal to Princeton's 33, while the Tigers held a 28-26 advantage in faceoffs.
The teams conclude the two-game series Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The puck drops at 12:07 p.m. and is followed with a free skate rental and ice time with the Buckeyes.