Feb. 25, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (14-11-3 overall, 10-10-2 WCHA) plays host to No. 5 Wisconsin (20-5-3, 14-5-1 WCHA) at 7:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio.
SCOUTING NO. 5 WISCONSIN
The Badgers (20-5-3, 14-5-1) are coming off a two-game sweep of non-conference opponent Niagara. Wisconsin shut out the Purple Eagles 4-0 Friday and skated to an 8-1 win Saturday. The Badgers have three losses to Minnesota, two to Minnesota-Duluth and one to Ohio State.
Two freshman lead Wisconsin this season. Sara Bauer has tallied 28 points (7-21) and Lindsay Macy has recorded 23 points (12-11). Twelve Badgers have reached double-digits in points this season.
Freshman Christine Dufour and sophomore Meghan Bernal split time in the net for the Badgers this season. Dufour recorded a 1.53 goal-against average and a .913 save percentage in 15 games. Bernal has played in 13 games in goal posting a 1.17 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
The Buckeyes trail the Badgers, 2-13-5, in the all-time series. This series marks the second of the season between the teams. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 3-2, Nov. 1 and fell, 3-1, Nov. 2 in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes will be looking for their first victory over the Badgers in Columbus. The OSU victory Nov. 1 marked only the second win for Ohio State against Wisconsin in program history. The first OSU win was March 4, 2000 in the consolation game of the 2000 WCHA Final Five in Bloomington, Minn.
WISCONSIN HEAD COACH
Now in his second season at the helm, Mark Johnson was named the 2003 WCHA Co-Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Johnson’s 2002-03 squad finished 22-8-5 overall and 14-6-4 in the WCHA.
A former Badger, Johnson is the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 256 points in three seasons. Johnson was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic “Miracle-On-Ice” Team and had a successful 11-year NHL career.
LAST TIME OUT VS. WISCONSIN
Ohio State split a two-game series with then-No. 6 Wisconsin Nov. 1-2 in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes upset the Badgers, 3-2, marking only the second win for Ohio State against Wisconsin in program history. Senior Heather Farrell scored the first Buckeye goal 28 seconds into the game. Junior Jaclyn Haines and freshman Tessa Bonhomme each recorded their first career goal in the second period to take a 3-1 lead for OSU.
In the contest Nov. 2, the Badgers took an early lead to defeat OSU, 3-1. Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal of the game.
SAME TEAM NOW OPPOSITE TEAM
Ohio State head coach Jackie Barto coached Wisconsin defenseman Molly Engstrom when she served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Team. The squad competed at the USA Hockey Festival Aug. 12-18, 2003 and in a three-game exhibition series vs. Team Canada Aug. 20-23, 2003.
IN THE POLLS AGAIN
The Buckeyes entered the national polls for the second time this season following their tie with then-No. 1 Minnesota last Friday. OSU is ranked 10th in the USCHO.com poll. The Buckeyes earned 10th place in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine polls Jan. 19, following an upset and tie with then-No.8/9 Minnesota State.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State tied then-No. 1 Minnesota, 1-1 in overtime, Friday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes fell 6-0 to the Golden Gophers Saturday. Friday, sophomore Jana Harrigan led the Buckeyes as she scored the game-tying goal late in the third period. Captains Erin O’Grady and Meaghan Mulvaney assisted on the goal.
BUCKEYES END GOPHERS RUN
Ohio State ended its 11-game losing streak against Minnesota last weekend, as the Buckeyes tied the Golden Gophers, 1-1 in overtime, Friday. The tie marked the first in the all-time series.
Ohio State will recognize the 2003-04 senior class and their parents prior to the game Saturday. The five seniors have combined for a total of 291 points, 120 goals and 171 assists through Feb. 23. The five Buckeye seniors and their career totals are Jeanne Chapple (25-36-61), Heather Farrell (27-37-64), Emma Laaksonen (34-62-96), Erin O’Grady (25-27-52) and Melissa Pirie (9-9-18).
JUNIOR EARNS MULTIPLE HONORS
Junior Melissa Glaser earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and USCHO.com Defense Player of the Week for her 35-save performance in the 1-1 overtime tie with then-No. 1 Minnesota last Friday. The Rockford, Ill., native allowed just one goal on 36 shots vs. the Golden Gophers, a .972 save percentage. The tie was her second of the season and she was just three saves shy of setting a season high.
The league award marks Glaser’s third this season and the Buckeyes seventh WCHA Player of the Week honor this year.
The national honor is Glaser’s first and is only the second an Ohio State player has received in the five-year history of the program.
This season, Glaser has posted a 2.41 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this season. She has a 9-9-2 overall record and a 7-8-1 record in the WCHA.
FRESHMAN SURFING THE NET
With 37 saves against the Golden Gophers Saturday, freshman goaltender Erika Vanderveer set a career high and tied the team season-high set by Melissa Glaser Jan. 3 vs. St. Cloud State.
The Buckeyes have earned at least one conference point against every team in the WCHA this season. Ohio State currently is fourth in the league standing with 22 points, five points behind third-place Minnesota-Duluth and two points ahead of fifth-place Minnesota State. Previously, the 2000-01 season marked the only season OSU had posted conference points against every team.
OHIO STATE VS. THE TOP 10
The Buckeyes have faced five ranked opponents this season and have a combined 3-8-2 mark against teams in the Top 10 at the time of the game.
Now in the sixth year of the Buckeye program, Ohio State is looking for its third winning season and its first since the 2001-02 season. The squad is 14-11-3 on the year.
100 IN REACH
Senior Emma Laaksonen (96) and junior Jeni Creary (95) are close to breaking the OSU record of 98 career points set by Shana Frost (1999-03). Laaksonen also is nine assists away from setting the all-time assists record of 71.
SENIORS LEADING THE WAY
The OSU senior class is leading the team with 50 points this season. The group has combined for 17 goals and 33 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 45 points (23-22). The freshmen have tallied 43 points (13-29), while the sophomores have 29 points (13-16).
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
Playing in the OSU Ice Rink this season has made an impact, as the Buckeyes are 7-4-2 at home. Last season, OSU was 6-10-1. The Buckeyes have one remaining home game following this weekend.
CONFERENCE POINTS LEADER
Sophomore Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 19 conference points (11-8) this season. Tied for second are Meaghan Mulvaney (6-7) and Tessa Bonhomme (2-11) with 13 points.
Ohio State’s penalty-killing unit is ranked seventh in the nation, stopping 106-of-119 of its opponents’ chances this season (89.1 percent).
ON THE DEFENSE
The Buckeye defense is 13th in the nation, averaging 2.21 goals allowed per game. OSU’s defense has allowed 62 goals on the year.
ON THE OFFENSE
Ohio State’s offense is 19th in the nation, averaging 2.36 goals per game. The Buckeyes have recorded 66 goals.
Sophomore Jana Harrigan is leading the team in three categories this season – points (22), goals (12) and shots (96).
Not far behind with 19 points is junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney, who has nine goals and 10 assists this season.
Captains Erin O’Grady and Mulvaney lead the squad with three power-play goals each.
Senior Emma Laaksonen and freshman Tessa Bonhomme lead the assists category with 13 each.
Eight Buckeyes have tallied double-digits in points this season – Jana Harrigan (22), Meaghan Mulvaney (19), Emma Laaksonen (16), Heather Farrell and Tessa Bonhomme (15), Jeni Creary (14) and Amber Bowman and Erin O’Grady (12).
Only one Buckeye has earned 20 or more points so far this season – Jana Harrigan has tallied 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists. Junior Meaghan Mulvaney is one point away from joining Harrigan. Last season, four players finished with 20 or more points.
IN THE RANKS
Senior Emma Laaksonen is tied for 20th in the nation among defensemen with 16 points.
Freshman Tessa Bonhomme is tied for 24th in the nation among defensemen with 15 points.
Junior Melissa Glaser’s .919 save percentage places her 15th in the nation. Glaser also is 20th in the nation averaging 2.41 goals against.
ITS BEEN A WHILE
Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney scored Ohio State’s first shorthanded goal of the season vs. Minnesota-Duluth Feb. 6. The last time a Buckeye scored a shorthanded goal was March 1, 2003 vs. Bemidji State (Jennifer Desson).
The Buckeyes have set three program records so far this season. For the first time in program history Ohio State went on a nine-game unbeaten streak (Nov. 14-Jan. 3). During that time OSU had a seven-game winning streak, from Nov. 14-Dec. 12, breaking a six-game streak in the 2000-01 season. The Buckeyes also won five consecutive conference games, breaking the previous record of four from the 2000-01 season.
MORE AND MORE ACCOLADES
Ohio State has earned seven WCHA Player of the Week honors this season and one USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Melissa Glaser leads the team with three WCHA honors and one USCHO.com accolade. Freshman Erika Vanderveer has earned two defensive awards. Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney earned Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 5 and freshman Tessa Bonhomme was named Rookie of the Week Jan. 19.
USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week
Melissa Glaser – Feb. 24
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Meaghan Mulvaney – Nov. 5
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Melissa Glaser – Feb. 23, Jan. 5, Dec. 15
Erika Vanderveer – Nov. 24, Nov. 18
WCHA Rookie of the Week
Tessa Bonhomme – Jan. 19
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Junior Jennifer Desson led the team with four goals, including both gamewinners, against St. Cloud State Nov. 14. Desson recorded her second career hat trick, the teams’ first of the season, Nov. 14 and tallied an additional goal in the shutout Nov. 15.
Senior denfenseman Emma Laaksonen and junior forward Jeni Creary both competed at international tournaments this year.
Creary competed at the Canadian National Team Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 7-12 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Sixty of Canada’s top women athletes were asked to compete in the three-team tournament.
Laaksonen competed for Team Finland in the 2003 Four Nations Cup Nov. 5-9 in Skovde, Sweden. Team Finland earned the bronze medal in the four day competition. The event marked the seventh Four Nations Cup Laaksonen has played in with Team Finland.
WHAT’S UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Findlay, Ohio to take on the Findlay Oilers at 7 p.m. March 4. The Buckeyes return home to battle the Oilers in the final Ohio Cup faceoff at 2:05 p.m. March 6 in the OSU Ice Rink. OSU has won the Ohio Cup trophy three consecutive years and looks to claim the trophy in the final match-up.
FIND OUT ON THE WEB
Keep track of the latest women’s ice hockey news, scores and stats by logging on to the official Ohio State athletic website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
WCHA FINAL FIVE
Tickets for the 2004 WCHA Final Five, set for March 12-14 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., are on sale now. To order tickets phone 1-800-UGopher.