PRINCETON, N.J. (11/20/12) - The Princeton women's hockey program hosts No. 8 Ohio State in a pair of non-conference games this weekend. The teams will face off on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m., at Hobey Baker Rink.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton went 0-2 last weekend against St. Lawrence and No. 3 Clarkson. In the Clarkson game, The Tigers showed vast improvement, as they took the Golden Knights Knights to overtime behind a solid team effort. Ohio State will be the fourth ranked opponent Princeton has faced this season. The Tigers sport the seventh-best power play unit in the country. It has converted 10 of 39 penalties into goals (25.6%). Senior Corey Stearns is the team's leading scorer with 12 points on one goal and 11 assist. Senior Kelly Cooke has scored the most goals on the team, six, and adds two assist. Junior Sally Butler is has scored five goals, including two game-winners and one game-tying goal, while chipping in three helpers. Senior Alex Kinney and sophomore Brianna Leahy contribute five points apiece. Freshman Kimberly Newell has started in all 10 games in goal. She has an .894 save percentage and a 3.69 goals against average.
Princeton vs. Ohio State
Ohio State has a one-game edge in the all-time series 5-4. The teams played back-to-back ties in Columbus last season. Princeton has won three of the five meetings that have taken place at Hobey Baker Rink.
Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State comes to New Jersey with a 10-4 record and the No. 8 ranking. This weekend's games are the only games East of Columbus, Ohio State will travel to this season. The Buckeyes most recently split a pair of games with Wisconsin at home. OSU averages 3.57 goals per game and is holding teams to 2.57 gpg. The power play unit is effective at a rate of 21.4 percent (15/70), and the penalty kill rates at 86.6 percent (58/67). Senior Paige Semenza leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. Only sophomore Taylor Kuehl has more goals, with 11 and four assists for 15 points. Thirteen of senior Hokey Langan's 15 points have come via assist. Senior Tina Hollowell and sophomore Kari Schmitt add 12 points each. Junior Chelsea Knapp has started in goal in all 14 games. She has a .923 save percentage and a 2.20 GAA.