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Jan. 31, 2001

Ohio State
(9-12-3/6-7-3 WCHA)
vs.
MSU, Mankato
(1-21-1/0-15-1 WCHA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-12-3 overall, 6-7-3 in the WCHA) is coming off a 5-4 victory Sunday over Findlay in the inaugural “Ohio Cup.”

On Tap This Weekend
Ohio State welcomes conference foe MSU, Mankato to the OSU Ice Arena. The Buckeyes and Mavericks will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

Findlay Game Recap
The Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated Findlay, 5-4, Sunday at the Clauss Ice Arena in Findlay, Ohio.

UF’s Monell Schroeder got things rolling for the Oilers three minutes into the game. Erin O’Grady responded at 6:44 in the first stanza when she collected the puck from Emma Laaksonen and one-timed it to the high left corner of the UF net. Less than two minutes later, Emily Hudak set up Kelli Halcisak who passed the puck to Shana Frost in front of the net. Frost nailed a power-play goal at 8:05 in the first. At 15:34, Findlay’s Janet Ploncinsky scored, again on the power-play. With 1:38 remaining in the first period, Hudak and Halcisak connected again and assisted in Laaksonen’s power-play goal.

The Oilers would steal back the lead in the second with two quick goals. Ploncinsky and Melissa Oliver scored at 6:27 and 6:36, respectively. At 9:45, the Buckeyes converted on yet another power-play opportunity when Frost tied the game at four with her second of the game and 12th of the season from Laaksonen and Halcisak. Halcisak then knocked in the gamewinner at 15:49 from O’Grady and Heather Farrell. Ohio State outshot Findlay, 35-14. Stojak recorded 10 saves and Findlay’s Erin Blair stopped 30 Buckeye shots.

“We’re happy to have won the first Ohio Cup,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “We worked hard and it was a good effort, although not our best. We stuck with it and beared down in the end. Our special teams played well for us, but it was our grit and determination in the end that got us the win.”

Head Coach Jackie Barto
Jackie Barto is in her second season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s ice hockey program. She was named the first head coach in the program’s history Dec. 14, 1998. Barto led the squad to an 8-26-3 overall record and a 6-15-3 WCHA conference finish in its inaugural season last year. In addition, she coached the Buckeyes in their first-ever postseason tournament, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship. There, the No. 5-seed Buckeyes upset higher seeds No. 4 St. Cloud and No. 3 Wisconsin to claim third place.

Barto came to Ohio State from Providence College, where she was the head coach of the Friars. Under Barto’s guidance, the PC women’s hockey program flourished, compiling a record of 70-53-10 in her five years at the helm.

In The National Spotlight
In the Top 10 poll released Monday by U.S. College Hockey Online, the Ohio Statewomen’s ice hockey team received five votes.

Three Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams are among the Top 10-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 3 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin.

The poll consists of ten voters, all coaches from Division I teams.

USCHO.COM DIV. I WOMEN’S POLL (As of Jan. 29) Last Team Record Pts. Week 1. Dartmouth 16-1-1 100 1 2. Minn.-Duluth 19-4-1 87 2 3. Minnesota 17-4-1 77 4 4. St. Lawrence 14-4-3 73 3 5. Harvard 11-6-0 62 5 6. Brown 10-3-3 51 6 7. Wisconsin 15-5-3 36 7 8. New Hampshire 14-11-0 30 9 9. Northeastern 12-8-1 16 8 10.Providence 13-8-3 7 10

Others receiving votes: OHIO STATE (5), Mercyhurst (2), St. Cloud State (2), Niagara (1), Princeton (1)

Scouting MSU, Mankato
Third-year head coach Todd Carroll’s Mavericks currently are in last place in the WCHA standings with an 0-15-1 record in league play. MSU, Mankato is coming off a tough 3-2 overtime loss to Gustavus Adolphus.

Sophomore Tristin Stephenson leads the team in scoring with four goals and two assists for six points. Sheri Maisonneuve (2-3=5) and Amy Egli (0-4=4) round out the top three Maverick scorers.

Shari Vogt and Katie Beauduy have shared goaltending duties for the Mavericks this season. Vogt sports a 1-13-1 record through 15 games and has an .896 save percentage. Beauduy has seen action in eight games and has amassed an .884 save percentage and a 4.23 goals against average.

The Mavericks-Last Time Out
MSU battled Gustavus Adolphus in the schools’ annual battle in St. Peter, Minn., and fell, 3-2, in overtime. Sandra Hood and Ryann Geldner lit the lamp for the Mavericks, registering their first goals of the season.

In their last conference series, Jan. 19-20, the Mavericks dropped both games to Minnesota-Duluth, 0-8 and 0-7, respectively.

The Buckeyes-Mavericks Series
The Buckeyes hold a 5-0-1 series advantage against the Mavericks. Earlier in the season, OSU defeated MSU, 6-0, Nov. 17, before tying the Mavericks, 2-2, Nov. 18.

Corinne Rosen leads all Buckeyes in points against MSU, Mankato with 11, from four goals and seven assists.

Halcisak Honored
Freshman defenseman Kelli Halcisak is the WCHA Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 28. It is the second time Halcisak has earned rookie of the week honors and the third time the Buckeyes have claimed a league honor this season. Halcisak tallied four points Sunday. She scored the game-winning goal to help the Buckeyes overcome the Oilers, 5-4, and tallied three assists.

Also an integral part of the OSU special teams, Halcisak helped the Buckeyes convert on three-of-six power-play opportunities in the game. She currently leads all Buckeye defenders in points with 21, from eight goals and 13 assists. She is sixth overall in the WCHA for defenseman scoring.

Ohio State Wins The Cup!
With a 5-4 victory over Findlay Sunday, Ohio State was named the 2000 Ohio Cup “champion.” The Buckeyes are the first to take home the trophy, which will remain in Columbus until Findlay visits the OSU Ice Arena next season. The coaches established the Ohio Cup to promote and strengthen the already intense in-state rivalry between Ohio State and Findlay-the only Division I teams in the state of Ohio.

The Race For Fourth Place
The Buckeyes took one point away from Wisconsin after tying the Badgers Jan. 21. Right now, three points separate Ohio State from fourth place in the WCHA, which currently is occupied by St. Cloud State, who took last weekend off from action. OSU is only six points behind third-place Wisconsin in the conference standings.

Nine Is Fine
After defeating Findlay, 5-4, Sunday, the Buckeyes boosted their overall record to 9-12-3. Ohio State’s nine wins are the most in a season in program history. The squad went 8-26-3 in its inaugural 1999-2000 season.

Buckeyes With The Advantage
The Buckeye power-play unit converted on three-of-six power-play opportunities Jan. 28, or 50 percent.

Currently, Ohio State is 26-for-128 on the power-play, or 20.3%.

The Buckeye P.K.
The Buckeye penalty-kill unit held the Oilers to two goals in five chances Sunday.

Ohio State is No. 2 in the WCHA in penalty kills-behind Minnesota-Duluth-with 98-of-117, or 83.8%.

Power-Play Powerhouse
Emma Laaksonen scored her ninth goal of the season Sunday against Findlay. All nine of Laaksonen’s goals this season have come on the power-play. Currently, the freshman defender is tied for No. 1 in the WCHA in overall power-play goals with UW’s Meghan Hunter.

Racking Up Assists
Kelli Halcisak assisted on all three OSU power-play goals Sunday, bumping her up to No. 1 in the assist category, with 13. Corinne Rosen, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, has 11.

Buckeye Blueliners
The Ohio State defense has allowed 71 goals in 24 games, which places it fourth among its WCHA counterparts. Through 24 games last year, the Buckeyes had given up 84 goals.

Defensemen have scored 22 of OSU’s 66 goals this season.

Two-Goal Gal Strikes Again
Sophomore winger Shana Frost scored twice against Findlay Sunday. Both of her goals came on the power play. Frost’s two- goal game was her fourth of the season. She is leading the team in goals scored with 12 and is second in power-play goals with six.

On The Plus Side
Three Buckeyes are on the positive side in the +/- category, as compared to none at this time last season. Kelli Halcisak is +6, Heather Farrell is +2 and Emma Laaksonen is +1.

Buckeye Shooting Gallery
Ohio State held Findlay to just 14 shots Sunday, the fewest the Buckeyes have allowed this season. Currently, the Buckeyes are outshooting their opponents, 795-538. OSU has been outshot only four times this year.

“Oh, Grady!”
Freshman center Erin O’Grady has scored a goal in the Buckeyes’ past two-consecutive games. Jan. 21, O’Grady scored the game-tying goal to help send the Buckeyes and Badgers into overtime. Sunday against Findlay, she scored OSU’s first goal of the game.

The Netminder
April Stojak has started all 24 games between the pipes for OSU this season, racking up 1,453 minutes, an .868 save percentage and a 2.89 gaa.

Stojak’s 2.89 gaa ranks her fourth among all WCHA goaltenders.

The Rookie Rampage
Three of OSU’s Top 5 scorers are freshmen. The six freshmen Buckeyes account for 62 of 160 total team points–Halcisak leads the pack with 21 (the most of any Buckeye defender), Emma Laaksonen has 18, Jeanne Chapple has 15, Heather Farrell has eight, Erin O’Grady has seven Leah Peyer has three.

Follow The Buckeyes Online
Information on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, was well as the 34 other Buckeye sports, is available online at the official website of OSU athletics, ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For up-to-the minute women’s hockey scores, statistics and standings around the league and the nation, check out www.collegehockeystats.com.

WCHA Championship
All seven teams in the WCHA will participate in the WCHA Championships, which will be held March 8, 9 and 10, 2001 at Recreation Center in Rochester, Minn.

Captains Announced
Corinne Rosen, Lindsey Ogren, Melissa Glaser and Emily Hudak have been named captains for the 2000-01 season.

Next Up For The Buckeyes
Ohio State returns to the “Land of 1,000 Lakes,” Minnesota, to battle WCHA foe, No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth. The Buckeyes and Bulldogs square off at 8:05 p.m. EST Jan. 9-10 at the DECC Arena in Duluth, Minn.

OSU again will enjoy home ice advantage when Minnesota comes to town. The Buckeyes will take on the defending national champion Golden Gophers Feb. 16-17 at the OSU Ice Arena.