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Nov. 23, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (8-5-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) looks to extend its seven-game undefeated streak when the Buckeyes face Minnesota State (5-7-1, 3-6-1 WCHA) in Owatonna, Minn. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Four Nations Centre.

OSU has the third-longest unbeaten streak in the nation, with a 6-0-1 record in the last seven games. Minnesota State is coming off a win (5-3) and tie (5-5) at nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

Minnesota State Series History
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Minnesota State by a 24-3-3 record. Ohio State swept the last meeting at MSU, winning 3-0 and 4-2 Jan. 6-7 to open the 2006 schedule. The Mavericks took three of four points in the series at OSU Ice Rink early in the 2005-06 season. OSU has a 12-1-1 record in games at Minnesota State.

Last Time Out: North Dakota
Ohio State extended it unbeaten streak to seven games with 4-1 and 4-0 wins against North Dakota Nov. 17 and 19 at OSU Ice Rink. Junior Erin Keys totaled five points in the two games to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Senior Amber Bowman tallied four assists while junior Tessa Bonhomme returned to the Buckeyes after winning the Four Nations Tournament with Team Canada and posted a goal and two assists in her first game back. Senior netminder Erika Vanderveer recorded her second shutout of the season by stopping all 26 shots faced Sunday.

Scouting the Mavericks
Minnesota State is 5-7-1 overall with a 3-6-1 record in WCHA games. After starting off the year with just one win in their first five games, the Mavericks are 4-3-1 in their last eight, including a win and tie last weekend at nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth.

MSU is led by junior forward Lindsay Macy in points (16) and goals (10). Sophomore Maggie Fisher is second with 9-5-14 and freshman Christina Lee is third with 5-6–11. Macy and Lee each have scored three power play goals. In goal for the Mavericks is Britni Kehler, who is 5-6-1 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Keys Named WCHA Offensive P.O.W.
Junior forward Erin Keys was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the third honor for a Buckeye this season and the first for Keys of her career. Keys led Ohio State to a sweep of North Dakota Nov. 17 and 19 at OSU Ice Rink. She had two multiple-point games for a team-high five points in the series. Keys had a goal and an assist while on the power play in Friday’s 4-1 win and followed with a two-goal, one-assist performance Sunday in the 4-0 victory.

The games were Keys’ fourth and fifth multiple point games of the season and she has registered a point in 10 of 14 games this season. Her three goals increased her season total to eight to lead the team. She also has a Buckeye best 18 points, already setting a career high just 14 games into the season. Keys is second on the team in assists with 10, also a career high. She was a main member of Ohio State’s power play unit that was 4-for-10 on the weekend, with a goal and two assists with the man-advantage.

Vanderveer Recognized for Stellar Play
After back-to-back USCHO Defensive Player of the Week honors, senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer was recognized for the third week in a row, earning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 14 for her play at Bemidji State. She made 26 saves in each game for a total of 52 while allowing just two goals in the series. She stopped all four shots faced in overtime and 14 BSU power play shots on goal while the Beavers were 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.

Good in Goal
Erika Vanderveer has allowed just five goals in the last seven games. She is 6-0-1 in those seven games with two shutouts. Vanderveer has stopped 200 of 205 shots faced for a .976 save percentage. For the season, she is 7-2-1 with a 1.31 goals-against-average and .956 save percentage, the second-best in the nation and tops in the WCHA.

Get Shorty
Junior Jody Heywood’s goal at Bemidji State (Nov. 10) was scored shorthanded for her first career SHG goal of her career. The Buckeyes have scored four shorthanded goals by four different players this season to tie for the most in the nation.

Hold ‘Em
The Buckeyes were a perfect 12-for-12 in the penalty kills against North Dakota last weekend. Ohio State has not allowed on opponent to score on the power play for seven games in a row with a perfect 34-for-34 mark during those games.

That was Then…
Through 14 games this season, the Buckeyes have scored 49 goals while allowing 27 for an 8-5-1 record. Through the same amount of games last season, Ohio State had a similar 7-5-2 record, but scored 39 goals while allowing 45.

More with the Man-Advantage
The Ohio State power play is 18-for-73 this season for a 24.7 percent conversion rate to rank sixth in the NCAA and third in the WCHA. In 36 games last season, the Buckeyes scored just 20 power play goals, going 20-for-158.

Junior Lisa Chesson leads the team by scoring all five of her goals this season while on the power play. She also has four PP assists. Senior Amber Bowman has a team-high 10 points (1g, 9a) with the man-advantage. Tessa Bonhomme (3g, 6a) is tied with Chesson for second with nine points.

Chesson’s five power play goals are tied for eighth in the nation. Bowman’s 10 power play points are tied for third in the WCHA.

Keys is Key
Junior forward Erin Keys has been an important part of the Ohio State offense this season. She is tied for the team lead in points (18), goals (8), plus/minus (+11). She is second in assists with 10 and his fired an OSU-high 45 shots on goal. Through 14 games this season, Keys has already set a career high for points and assists in a season.

Count on Keys
Erin Keys’ two goals and assist Sunday vs. North Dakota marked her second multiple-goal and fifth multiple-point game of the season. She also had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, Friday. Keys has registered a point in 10 of 14 games this season.

Double Up
Six Buckeyes had multiple points in the North Dakota series, led by Erin Keys with five. Senior defenseman Amber Bowman totaled four assists and Hayley Klassen (2g, 1a), Tessa Bonhomme (1g, 2a) and Morgan Marziali (1g, 2a) each had three points. Junior Shelby Aldous tallied an assist in each game.

Offensive Defensemen
Three of OSU’s top five scorers are defensemen. Amber Bowman is second with 17 points, followed by Tessa Bonhomme is fourth with 14. Lisa Chesson in fifth with 13 points. Bowman leads the WCHA in overall defenseman scoring, Bonhomme is tied for third and Chesson is fifth. Bowman is tied for fourth in the nation with 1.21 points-per-game, Bonhomme is fifth (1.17) and Chesson is 14th (0.93).

Marziali the Magnificent
Through 14 games, sophomore Morgan Marziali has already had a career season. She scored a goal and added two assists in the UND series and has recorded a point in 10 of 14 games this season, including seven of the last eight.

After scoring just three goals and nine points in 32 games as a freshman, Marziali is second in goals (7), third in points (15) and tied for third in assists (8) this season.

Best of the Blueliners
Senior Amber Bowman and junior Tessa Bonhomme are climbing the Ohio State records for career points by a defenseman. Bowman ranks third all-time, followed by Bonhomme at fourth. Laaksonen (2001-04) hold the record with 99 points.

With four assists vs. North Dakota, Bowman increased her career total to 81 (25g, 56a). Bonhomme has a career total of 61 (17g, 44a).

Up Next
Ohio State is off next weekend. The Buckeyes return to action Dec. 8-9 with a WCHA series at Minnesota Duluth. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.