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Jan. 26, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team hits the road to take on St. Cloud State at 3:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Buckeyes kick off an eight-game road stretch this weekend vs. St. Cloud State. OSU has Bemidji State, Wisconsin and Niagara on the slate.

Ranked Nationally
Ohio State remained 10th in the USCHO.com poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week. OSU entered the national polls for the first time last week ranked 10th following its sweep over ECACHL foe Yale Jan. 14-15 in the OSU Ice Rink.

Scouting St. Cloud State
St. Cloud State has compiled a 6-15-3 record this season and a 4-12-2 mark in WCHA action. The Huskies only sweep of the season was against Bemidji State. SCSU has wins over Ohio State, North Dakota, Wayne State and St. Lawrence.

Leading St. Cloud State this season is junior Kristy Oonincx with 17 points and 11 goals. Not far behind is junior forward Ashley Stewart with 15 points (7-6). On the defensive side, Kelly Stewart and Tina Ciraulo lead the Huskies with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Two sophomores and a freshman have seen time in goal this season. Lauri St. Jacques and Kendall Newell record most of the minutes, while Carmen Lizee has seen action in three games. St. Jacques leads the trio with a 2.90 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. Newell has posted a 3.20 gaa and a .893 save percentage.

Huskies Head Coach
Jason Lesteberg is in his third year at the helm of the SCSU program. Over the past two seasons, Lesteberg has posted an 18-47-1 record. Prior to St. Cloud State, Lesteberg served as the head coach at Bemidji State during the 2001-02 season.

Buckeyes vs. Huskies
Ohio State leads the all-time series 15-8-1 vs. St. Cloud State. In St. Cloud, the Buckeyes have posted an 8-2 record.

Buckeyes vs. WCHA
This season Ohio State is 9-11-0 against teams in the WCHA. In their sixth season as a member of the league, the Buckeyes hold a 52-73-14 all-time record vs. the WCHA.

Last Time Out vs. St. Cloud State
Ohio State and St. Cloud State last faced off Oct. 8-9 in Columbus, marking OSU’s opening series of the 2004-05 season. Despite outshooting SCSU, 26-14, OSU fell 2-1 Oct. 8. The Buckeyes came back to top the Huskies, 3-1, Oct. 9.

Last Time Out
Ohio State dropped a home series vs. Minnesota last weekend in the OSU Ice Rink. Minnesota topped OSU, 4-1, Jan. 21 and, 4-2, Jan. 22. The Buckeyes held the Golden Gophers to a one-goal lead Saturday until the final three minutes of the game.

Eight Games and Counting
After recording assists in both games vs. Minnesota last weekend, junior Jana Harrigan extended her point streak to eight games. During her stretch Harrigan has posted four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

This season, Harrigan leads the squad with 38 points and 25 assists.

On A Roll
OSU’s leading goal scorer Jeni Creary scored both Buckeye goals Saturday, increasing her total goals to 17. Her two-goal game marked the fourth contest this season she has posted two goals and her ninth multiple-point game. Creary is second on the squad with 27 points. She is on a three-game point streak (3-2-5).

Career Mark Set
Ohio State sophomore goalie Erika Vanderveer tied her career-high 39 saves in game one of the series vs. Minnesota Friday. Earlier this season, Vanderveer recorded 39 saves against Minnesota Nov. 6, 2004.

Points on the Road
Jeni Creary is averaging a goal a game on the road this season. In eight road games, Creary leads the squad with eight goals. Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes in points (11) and assists (8) on the road.

The Difference Maker
Game two of a series could be the difference maker for the Buckeyes the rest of the season. Through the first half of the season OSU was 8-4-0 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 4-7-1.

Nearing the Top
Four Ohio State players are gaining on the top players in the country in several categories this season. Jana Harrigan is 17th in the nation averaging 1.58 points per game. She also is tied for 10th averaging 1.04 assists per game.

Jeni Creary is 17th in the nation averaging .71 goals per game and is third with 11 power-play goals this season, just one short of first in the nation.

Two Buckeye sophomore defensemen are ranked this week. Tessa Bonhomme is seventh averaging 1.00 points per game among defensemen and Amber Bowman is 13th averaging .62 points.

Getting Close
With her 38 points this season, junior Jana Harrigan is moving up in the Ohio State record books to fourth with 97 career points. She is only two points away from being tied for second with Emma Laaksonen (2001-04). OSU’s all-time career points leader is senior Jeni Creary who continues to improve upon 101 career points set last season and now has 128 career points.

Keep your eye on the Buckeye PP
Ohio State’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation with an 17.5 percent success rate (22-of-123).

On The Sixth Day
The Buckeyes are 7-4-1 in games played on Saturday, but are 2-6-0 on Fridays. OSU is 3-1-0 on Sundays.

Early Risers
Ohio State has posted a 6-2-1 record in games starting before 5 p.m. this season. The Buckeyes are 6-7-0 in late games.

Play Makers on the Power Play
Five Buckeyes have tallied 10 or more points on the power play this season. Jana Harrigan leads the pack with 15 points, on four goals and 11 assists. Senior Jeni Creary is second with 13 points (11-2) this season. Two Buckeyes are tied for third with 12 points each Meaghan Mulvaney (5-7) and Tessa Bonhomme (2-10). Sophomore Amber Bowman has tallied 11 points (2-9) on the power play this season.

Double Digit Leaders
Twenty-four games into the season, five Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 38 points, while Jeni Creary has 27. Meaghan Mulvaney and Tessa Bonhomme both have recorded 19 points each. Sophomore Amber Bowman is not far behind with 14 points.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 51 points this season. The group has combined for 28 goals and 23 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 44 points (16-28). The sophomores have tallied 38 points (11-27), while the freshmen have 23 points (8-15).

Points All Around
Sixteen of 18 skaters have tallied points 24 games into the season. Fifteen of the 16 have scored at least one goal.

Six of the 14 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (1-7-8), Lisa Chesson (2-4-6), Jody Heywood (2-1-3), Shelby Aldous (1-1-2), Erin Keys (1-1-2) and Pamela Patterson (1-1-2).

Multiple-Point Leader
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 10 multiple-point games this season.

Not far behind with nine is senior Jeni Creary. Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme has tallied six multiple-point games this season.

Career Mark Set
Head coach Jackie Barto set a career mark Nov. 21 vs. Bemidji State, as she earned her 150th career win. In 11 seasons as a head coach, Barto has a 154-159-27 career record.

Keep Them Coming
Last season, Jeni Creary made her mark in the OSU record books as she became the first Buckeye to reach 100 career points. Creary concluded her junior year with two goals and an assist in the WCHA Final Five to move her career point total to 101, breaking the OSU record of 98 set by Shana Frost (1999-03).

This season, Creary has recorded 27 points to improve her career mark to 128 points (74-54).

Jeni Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (128), goals (74), power-play goals (35) and game-winning goals (14).

Still to Come
The Buckeyes hit the road vs. St. Cloud State this weekend to begin an eight-game road stretch. OSU concludes the regular season at home vs. Minnesota State Feb. 25-26.

Bring On the Awards
Ohio State has earned six player of the week honors this season, two from USCHO.com and four WCHA accolade.

Senior Jeni Creary was named USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17, WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 25 and Dec. 14.

Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.

Junior Jana Harrigan has received two WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors this season Nov. 16 and Nov. 22. Harrigan also received USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention.

International Contender
Defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was one of 20 players representing Canada in the 2004 Four Nations Cup Nov. 10-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye to be selected to compete for the Canadian National Team and the second Ohio State player to participate in the round-robin tournament. Former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) competed for Finland in the Four Nations Cup all four years of her Ohio State career.

The Canadian roster announcement followed the seven-day Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 4-10 in Kitchener, Ontario, and represented the first step in an ongoing evaluation process for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

OSU’s Bonhomme made her presence felt at the Canada Thanksgiving Festival, scoring one goal and assisting on four. Bonhomme led her team (Canada White) to the gold medal as she recorded a goal and a helper to earn player of the game honors in the title game.

Postseason Action
The WCHA has expanded to an eight-team championship this season, which will be held March 3-7 at Ridder Arena, the site of the 2005 WCHA Final Five, in Minneapolis, Minn. The NCAA expanded its tournament to eight teams, adding regional games which will be held at campus sites March 18-20. The 2005 NCAA Frozen Four will be held March 25 and 27 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

On the Radio
Ohio State will appear on the Internet seven times this season between USCHO.com and The Underground. The following is the broadcast schedule as of Jan. 26:

Ohio State 2004-05 Radio Broadcast Schedule Oct. 8 St. Cloud St. The Underground Oct. 22 Wisconsin The Underground Jan. 8 Minnesota-Duluth USCHO.com Jan. 14 Yale The Underground Jan. 15 Yale The Underground Jan. 22 Minnesota USCHO.com Feb. 25 Minnesota State The Underground

Live Stats and Web Information
New for the 2004-05 season, live stats from every Buckeye home game be found online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Also, keep track of the latest women’s ice hockey news, scores and stats by logging on to the Ohio State athletics website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The website also will feature an “On the Road with the Buckeyes” each road trip by junior forward Cyrstal Sayther.

Up Next for the Buckeyes
Ohio State travel to Bemidji, Minn., to take on the Bemidji State Beavers at 3:05 p.m. Feb. 4-5.