COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team closed out 2011 against Princeton Saturday and skated to a 1-1 tie with the Tigers at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes stand at 9-7-4 on the season, while the Tigers are now 6-9-3 overall.
Sophomore goalie Lisa Steffes notched 22 saves to move to 7-5-1 on the year, while Princeton's Rachel Weber stopped 44 Ohio State shots. The Buckeyes bested the Tigers in shots, 45-23, and faceoffs, 34-26.
Ohio State nabbed the game's first goal in the opening stanza when junior assistant captain Paige Semenza tallied her second score of the season at 11:21. The Pittston, Pa., product intercepted a Princeton pass in the neutral zone and took a shot in the slot to earn an unassisted goal.
Princeton's Sally Butler locked the game at 1-1, scoring at 9:22 in the second period. She picked up a rebound off her own shot to send another past Steffes for the equalizer. Denna Laing earned an assist on the score.
The Buckeyes had a handful of opportunities in the third and overtime periods as they out-shot the Tigers 16-7 in the final two stanzas. Following overtime, the teams took part in a shootout with Princeton winning 2-0.
Ohio State returns to WCHA play when the team travel to St. Cloud, Minn., for a two-game conference series against St. Cloud State, Jan. 6-7. Both games will be played at the National Hockey Center.