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Oct. 20, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/9 Ohio State women’s hockey team (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) continues to play on the road when they travel to Minnesota-Duluth to face the No. 3/3 Bulldogs (3-1-0, 3-1-0 WCHA) Oct. 21-22. The Buckeyes are off to their best start in school history, sweeping their first two series of the season, and look to extended their winning streak. The games will be played at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center with 7:07 p.m. (CT) starts both nights.

Minnesota-Duluth Series History
Minnesota-Duluth leads the all-time series against Ohio State by a record of 25-2-2. The Buckeyes are looking to snap a six-game losing streak to UMD as the Bulldogs were victorious in all five meetings in 2004-05. The two OSU victories in the series both occured in Duluth by scores of 4-3 (Feb. 6, 2004) and 2-0 (Dec. 2, 2000). The last game between the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs took place last spring in the postseason with Minnesota-Duluth defeating OSU 5-0 in the WCHA Tournament Consolation game March 5, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Last Time Out
Ohio State continued its winning ways in the start of the 2005-06 season when the Buckeyes topped Northeastern 3-0 and 6-2 in a series Oct. 14-15 in Boston, Mass. Junior goaltender Erika Vanderveer stopped all 26 shots faced on Friday for her fourth career shutout. The Buckeyes then roared back in the game on Saturday with four unanswered goals in the third period to win 6-2 and remain undefeatd on the season. OSU also set a single-game school record for shots on goal with 55, one more than the previous high mark. Senior Jana Harrigan had a goal and three assists in the two games against the Huskies, while junior Amber Bowman had a goal and two assists.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Minnesota-Duluth has a 3-1-0 record both overall and in the WCHA thus far into the season. The Bulldogs opened the year with a series split against then-No. 1 Wisconsin in Madison Oct. 8-9. UMD took the opening game 5-2, before falling 4-3 in overtime. The team then returned home to the DECC for a sweep of St. Cloud State Oct. 14-15. The Bulldogs are lead offensively by freshman Michaela Lanzl who has four goals and eight points through four games of her rookie campaign. Guarding the UMD net is junior Riitta Schaublin. She started all but eight games of the 2004-05 season, and is 3-1-0 this year with a 2.50 GAA and .911 save percentage.

OSU Head Coach Jackie Barto
Jackie Barto is in her seventh season behind the Ohio State bench. In six-plus seasons guiding the Buckeyes, Barto has an 93-112-19 record with a 57-77-15 mark in the WCHA. Last season, the Buckeyes’ 12 wins in conference games were the most by Barto in her six seasons, as she led the team to the WCHA Playoff Championship consolation game. She has an overall career mark of 163-165-29 (.495) in 11 seasons.

UMD Head Coach Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller is in her seventh season at the helm of Minnesota-Duluth, leading the Bulldogs to three national championships in her first six years (2001, 2002, 2003). Heading into the 2005-06 season, Miller had compiled a career record of 154-38-17. She was named WCHA Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003. Miller is a native of Melfort, Saskatchewan and worked on Team Canada’s coaching staff for seven years prior to taking the head coach position at UMD.

Buckeyes Ranked Ninth
Ohio State is ranked ninth in both the U.S. College Hockey Online poll (released Oct. 17) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll (released Oct. 18), moving up one place in both polls. The Buckeyes received votes in the preseason USCHO poll and were 10th in the USA Today rankings. Ohio State is one of four WCHA teams to be ranked along with Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Minnesota-Duluth. Minnesota State received votes in both polls. St. Lawrence remains atop both rankings for the second consecutive week with a 3-0-0 record.

Getting Out the Brooms
The Buckeyes’ swept Northeastern by scores of 3-0 and 6-2 Oct. 14-15 in Boston, Mass. Those two wins followed a season-opening sweep of WCHA opponent St. Cloud State. The last time the Buckeyes swept through two back-to-back series was in 2003 when they topped Bemidji State Nov. 21-22 and Niagara Nov. 29-30. The two wins against SCSU was only the second time in program history that OSU has opened a season with a sweep of its opponent. The last time it happened was Oct. 11-12, 2002 at Minnesota State (6-1, 3-1). In the first four games of the season, OSU has outscored its opponents 16-4 and has averaged 36.3 shots on goal with a 145-101 edge in shots.

Rookie Cahill Off to Hot Start
Freshman defenseman Kelly Cahill is off to a hot start to her rookie season with a four-game point streak. Cahill led the Buckeyes’ offense with a four-point weekend in her first collegiate series notching two goals and two assists against St. Cloud State Oct. 7-8. The native of Farmington Hills, Mich., then assisted on a power play goal Friday and scored a shorthanded goal Saturday in the Buckeyes’ series at Northeastern. Cahill leads the team in goals with three and is tied for the lead with six points.

A Long Time Between Shorties
Freshman Kelly Cahill stripped the puck from a Northeastern player on Saturday, Oct. 15 and scored while on the penalty kill for Ohio State’s first short-handed goal in over a season. The last short-handed goal was scored by Meaghan Mulvaney at Minnesota-Duluth Feb. 6, 2004 with no short-handed goals being scored during the entire 2004-05 season.

Penalty Kill Prowess
The Ohio State penalty kill is off to an outstanding start in 2005-06 as the Buckeyes have held opponents scoreless on 18-of-20 power play chances this season (.900). St. Cloud State was scoreless on seven power play opportunities Oct. 7-8. The Buckeyes killed off all eight Northeastern power play opportunities in the Friday game, including a 2:23 time span in which NU had a 5-on-3 advantage. OSU finally allowed a power play goal when they gave up two in the game on Saturday, the only two goals scored by NU on the weekend.

Between the Pipes
Junior Erika Vanderveer recorded the fourth shutout of her career on Friday, Oct. 14 when she made 26 saves in the 3-0 win at Northeastern. She had two shutouts her freshman season and one as a sophomore. The last time she had blanked an opponent was Feb. 19, 2005 against Niagara. The native of Bradford, Ontario has backstopped the Buckeyes to a 4-0-0 record. She has a 1.00 goals-against-average and .960 save percentage stopping 97 of 101 shots faced.

Follow the Leader
The Buckeyes have led or been tied with their opponents for all but 4:01 of the season. Ohio State did not fall behind through the first three games. Northeastern took a 2-1 lead in the Saturday game half way through the second period. Just over four minutes later junior Katie Maroney scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-2.

Vanderveer, Cahill Earn WCHA Player of the Week Nods
Junior goaltender Erika Vanderveer and freshman defenseman Kelly Cahill received WCHA Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Oct. 10. It was the third such honor for Vanderveer and first for Cahill. Vanderveer stopped 49 of 51 shots faced in the St. Cloud State series, with 28 saves Friday and 21 on Saturday. She has an early 1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage. For her efforts, Vanderveer was also the runner-up for the USCHO Defensive Player of the Week. Cahill helped the OSU defense limit SCSU to two goals and led the team offensively with four points (2g, 2a).

Up Next
Ohio State returns home to the OSU Ice Rink to face the Mavericks of Minnesota State Oct. 28-29. Games start at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The second game of the series will be webcast through USCHO.com as its women’s hockey game of the week. The series is the second of a three-series span against WCHA opponents.