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Feb. 28, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked and No. 4-seed Ohio State women’s hockey team (20-12-4, 13-11-4 WCHA) takes on top-ranked and No. 1-seed Wisconsin (31-1-4, 23-1-4 WCHA) in the first semifinal game of the 2007 WCHA Playoff Championships, March 3 at 1:07 p.m. (CT). The championships are being held at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

Broadcast Information
All three games of the WCHA Playoff Championships will have live-streaming video and audio via the internet through USCHO.com. Brian Schultz will provide play-by-play. The Ohio State/Wisconsin semifinal audio broadcast Saturday will feature interviews with head coach Jackie Barto and junior forward Erin Keys.

Fans also can keep track of the games through livestats at gophersports.com.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the WCHA Playoff Championships are available through the Minnesota Ticket Office at 1-800-U-GOPHER or online at gophersports.com. All Session Reserved Tickets are $20 each, General Admission is $18 and seniors and youth are $15. Single session games go on sale Friday.

WCHA Playoff Matchups
After Ohio State takes on Wisconsin in the first semifinal of the WCHA Playoff Championships, No. 2-seed Minnesota Duluth faces No. 3-seed Minnesota at 4:07 p.m. (CT). The championship game will be Sunday at 1:07 p.m.

How They Got Here
In the second year of the WCHA playoff format, the Buckeyes hosted No. 5-seed Minnesota State in a best-of-three first round series Feb. 23-25 at OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State swept the series (1-0, 5-4 OT) to advance to the semifinal game in Minneapolis.

In other matchups, top-seeded Wisconsin defeated No. 8 North Dakota and No. 3 Minnesota topped No. 6 Bemidji State, both in two games. No. 7-seed St. Cloud State took No. 2 Minnesota Duluth to three games, but the Bulldogs came out on top to advance to the semifinals.

Noting the Wisconsin Series
• Ohio State has dropped all four games to Wisconsin this season, but three of those games have been by scores of 3-2. Four of the last five games against the Badgers have been decided by one goal.

• The Buckeyes have scored 24 percent of UW’s goals-allowed this season (8-of-34), including four of the Badgers’ 11 power play goals allowed. The OSU power play is 4-of-15 in the four games (26.7 percent).

• Overall, Wisconsin leads the all-time series 27-3-5, including a 2-1-0 mark in neutral site games. The Buckeyes are looking to end a 10-game losing streak to the Badgers.

• This is the fourth time Ohio State has faced Wisconsin in the WCHA postseason. The Badgers lead 2-1-0.
Date Score Game Place
3/4/00 OSU 4, UW 2 3rd Place Bloomington, Minn.
3/9/03 UW 4, OSU 1 3rd Place Grand Forks, N.D.
3/14/04 UW 5, OSU 4 (OT) 3rd Place Minneapolis, Minn.

Ohio State in WCHA PostSeason
Ohio State has a 10-12 record all-time in WCHA postseason play. This season is the first time the Buckeyes have advanced to the league’s playoff championships under the new format that began last year.

The game against Wisconsin Saturday is the sixth semifinal game for the Buckeyes. They have advanced to the championship game once, in 2001, where they eventually fell to Minnesota Duluth by a score of 3-0.

OSU in Ridder Arena
The Buckeyes have won two of the last three games in Ridder Arena, defeating Minnesota 2-1 OT (Nov. 5, 2005) and 7-1 before falling 3-1 (Jan. 12-13, 2007). Overall, Ohio State is 4-12-0 in five years of playing at Ridder Arena.

Buckeyes Finish Fourth in WCHA Standings
Ohio State finished the 2006-07 WCHA season in fourth place with 30 points and a 13-11-4 record against league opponents. The wins are the most against conference foes and the most total surpasses the previous high of 25 set in 2000-01 (11-10-3) and 2004-05 (12-15-1). This season is just the second time the Buckeyes have had a winning record against WCHA opponents.

Bonhomme a Patty Kaz Top 10 Finalist
Junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme is a Top 10 finalist for the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the USA Hockey Foundation announced Feb. 19. Bonhomme joins former Buckeyes Jana Harrigan (2006), Jeni Creary (2002) and Emma Laaksonen (2002) as Ohio State finalists for the award that honors the top NCAA Division I women’s college hockey student-athlete.

The Top 10 finalists for the award will be reduced to three finalists to be announced March 5. The three finalists are chosen by a 13-member selection committee comprised of NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media and a representative of USA Hockey. The winner of the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be announced March 17 in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Bonhomme Named to Canada’s World Women’s Championship Roster
Also released last week, Tessa Bonhomme was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women’s Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday. Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, is one of six current U.S. college student-athletes on the roster and the only player from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The World Women’s Championship will take place in April 3-10 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba.

Recapping the First Round Series vs. MSU
The No. 9/10 women’s hockey team swept Minnesota State in a first round series of the WCHA playoffs, Feb. 23-24 at OSU Ice Rink. Senior defenseman Amber Bowman scored the lone goal of the game Friday as classmate Erika Vanderveer stopped all 20 shots faced for her fourth shutout of the season in the 1-0 victory.

In the game Saturday, the Buckeyes built four one-goal leads, but the Mavericks responded each time and the game went into overtime tied at 4-all. Junior defenseman Lisa Chesson scored 9:03 into the extra session to advance Ohio State to the semifinal game of the 2007 WCHA Playoff Championships. Sophomore Hayley Klassen scored her first career hat trick in game two with junior Shelby Aldous assisting her on all three goals, and senior Lacey Schultz scored her first career goal in 144 games played.

Buckeyes Set Season Wins Record
With 20 wins this season, the Buckeyes set a record for most win in a season. The previous high of 18 wins was set in back-to-back seasons in 2000-01 (18-16-3) and 2001-02 (18-15-4).

Ohio State also set a record for most WCHA wins in a season with 13, edging the former record of 12 set in 2004-05.

Working Overtime
The win in overtime Feb. 24 vs. Minnesota State was the eighth overtime game for the Buckeyes this season with a 3-1-4 mark in those games. It was the sixth time an OSU has played in an extra session out of the last 15 contests. Last season, Ohio State tied its own NCAA record with 10 overtime games.

Bowman Reaches Century Mark, Becomes OSU’s All-Time scoring leader for d-men
With two assists against Minnesota State Feb. 16-17, senior Amber Bowman increased her career point total to 101 to become Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer for defensemen. She surpassed former All-American and three-time Olympian Emma Laaksonen (2001-04), who previously had the record with 99 points.

Bowman is just the third Buckeye in program history to reach the 100-point milestone. She stands third in career scoring with 102 points.

The Big 4-0
Junior forward Erin Keys has totaled 48 points this season, the second-most by a Buckeye in a season. With an assist vs. Minnesota State Feb. 24, she surpassed former All-American Jana Harrigan’s 47-point total from the 2005-06 season. Harrigan holds the single season record with 54 points in 2004-05. Keys is just the fourth Buckeye to record 40 or more points in a season. She entered the 2006-07 with 23 points in her first two seasons.

Worth the Wait
In the Buckeyes’ final game at OSU Ice Rink this season (Feb. 24), senior defenseman Lacey Schultz scored her first career goal in her 144th game played. With :07 left in the first period, she jammed in the rebound off a shot by Tessa Bonhomme to put OSU up 3-2 heading into the first intermission in the eventual 5-4 OT win. She has totaled eight assists in her career.

Hey-YA
Junior forward Jody Heywood entered the 2006-07 season with seven points (4g, 3a) in her first two seasons. This season, she is tied for eighth on the team in scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. She has scored two of her goals shorthanded to become just the third Buckeye in program history with multiple SHG in her career.

Top Defensive Trio in the Nation
Only five defensemen in the nation have reached the 35-point mark this season, and three of them wear Scarlet and Gray. Amber Bowman with 38 points has the second-highest point total by a defenseman in the nation. Lisa Chesson (37 points) is fourth and Tessa Bonhomme (36) is fifth.

The trio has combined for 111 points (36g, 75a), far and away the most by any defensive threesome in the nation. Wisconsin is second with a combined 85 points by their top three scoring defensemen, followed by Providence with 70.

Blueliners Running Away with WCHA Lead
Overall as a unit, the Buckeyes lead the WCHA in defenseman scoring with 124 points on 36 goals and 88 assists. Wisconsin is second with 87 defenseman points. Amber Bowman (37 pts), Lisa Chesson (36) and Tessa Bonhomme (34) have outscored the entire defensive units of four of the eight teams in the WCHA.

Four Bucks Named WCHA Scholar-Athletes
Four Buckeyes were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Feb. 1. Senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer, junior forwards Erin Keys and Mallory Peckels and sophomore goaltender Liana Bonanno were among the 49 selections from the conference’s men’s and women’s teams. It is the first WCHA Scholar-Athlete nod for Bonanno and Keys and the second honor for Vanderveer and Peckels.

Heywood Up for Humanitarian Award
Junior forward Jody Heywood was named one of five finalists for the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Foundation announced Jan. 12. Heywood is the only junior in the field that consists of two other female and two male student-athletes.

Along with Heywood, the other finalists for the award include Kristen Savard of Yale, Lindsay Williams of Clarkson, Andrew Joudrey of Wisconsin and Kirk MacDonald of Rensselaer. The five finalists were selected from a pool of 13 nominees. The winner of the 11th annual Hockey Humanitarian Award will be named April 6, during a ceremony in conjunction with the Hobey Baker Award. All will be part of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four held in St. Louis, Mo.

Thirty Something
Heading into the 2006-07 season, only 12 Ohio State players had ever reached the 30-point mark in the previous seven seasons. This year, four Buckeyes – Erin Keys (48), Amber Bowman (38), Lisa Chesson (37) and Tessa Bonhomme (36) – have surpassed the 30-point milestone.

The point totals by Bowman, Bonhomme and Chesson are three of the Top 5 season totals for OSU defensemen. The record for points in a season by a blueliner is 40 set by Kelli Helcisak in 2000-01.

Dynamic Defensive Duo
The defensive pair of Tessa Bonhomme and Amber Bowman has totaled 27 points in the last 15 games, and 50 points in the last 24 games. The tandem has been held without a point just four times this season.

Man Up
OSU is 40-of-186 (21.5 percent) this season with the man-advantage, with 20 more PP goals than the team scored in the 36-game 2005-06 season. Of the Buckeyes’ 295 points this season, 116 of them have been scored on the power play (39 percent) – led by Lisa Chesson and Amber Bowman with 22 power play points apiece. OSU’s power play ranks third overall in the WCHA and eighth in the nation.

Shorthanded Streak Snapped
Ohio State gave up its first shorthanded goal of the season Feb. 9 at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes had not given up a shorthanded goal since Jan. 27, 2006 – a span of 41 games during which OSU had 207 power play opportunities.

What a Winner
Senior Erika Vanderveer tied the record for goaltender wins in a season, picking up her 18th victory of the year Feb. 24 vs. Minnesota State. Vanderveer already holds the program record for career wins with a 42.

She’s a Brick … Wall
Erika Vanderveer had her ninth game this season with 30 or more saves Feb. 24 when she stopped 34 shots aginst Minnesota State. Vanderveer is 26 saves away from becoming Ohio State’s all-time leader. Melissa Glaser (2000, `02, 04-05) holds the record with 2,271 saves.

One for the Books
Eleven Buckeyes have recorded career-highs in points this season. The top 10 OSU scorers have all posted career highs in points, with six of them recording career highs in goals: Erin Keys (22), Tessa Bonhomme (14), Morgan Marziali (14), Lisa Chesson (13), Hayley Klassen (10) and Jody Heywood (8).