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Two-time WCHA Player of the Week Tessa Bonhomme and the Buckeyes host Friars in nonconference series Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team begins a two-week homestand with a nonconference series against Providence, Nov. 16-17 at the OSU Ice Rink. Games begin Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. The Buckeyes are looking to rebound after dropping two games of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Minnesota State last weekend, moving to 5-5-2 overall and 4-4-2 in the league. Providence is 2-4-2 overall with a 2-2-1 record in the Hockey East.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
   Live scoring for both of the Ohio State-Providence games is available at the official Web site of Ohio State athletics. Links are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE
   Ohio State was without head coach Jackie Barto and senior defenseman Lisa Chesson for the Minnesota State series. The two were competing with Team USA in the Four Nations Cup, Nov. 7-11 in Leksand, Sweden. Barto led the U.S. Women’s Select Team to the championship game and a second-place finish in the event.
   In June, Barto was named head coach of both the U.S. Select Team and the U.S. National Team, which she will lead in the 2008 World Women’s Championships in April. Chesson was named to the 2007 U.S. Women’s Select Team on Oct. 16. She and Team USA will face off against the national teams from Canada, Sweden and Finland. In August, Chesson became just the second Buckeye to be named to the U.S. Under-22 Team. She is the first student-athlete in Ohio State women’s hockey history to be named to the U.S. Women’s Select Team.

BONHOMME NABS SECOND WCHA DEFENSIVE P.O.W. AWARD
   Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the second-consecutive week Bonhomme has earned the award, the sixth weekly conference honor in her career.
   Bonhomme made history with her three points (1g, 2a) in the Minnesota State series, Nov. 9-10. The team captain from Sudbury, Ontario, increased her career point total to 101 to become just the fourth Buckeye in program history to reach the 100-point milestone. Bonhomme also is just the fourth defenseman in the WCHA to achieve the mark, joining former defensive partner Amber Bowman (102 points).
   As a key part of both of the OSU special teams, Bonhomme helped the Buckeye go 4-of-8 mark on the power play and 10-of-12 mark on the penalty kill. With two assists Friday, she notched her seventh multi-point performance 12 games into the season.

A WELCOMED HOMECOMING
   The Ohio State series at Minnesota State was its fourth road series in the opening six weeks of the season, including tough series at nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Connecticut. Beginning this weekend, the Buckeyes will be home to host a nonconference series with Providence (Nov. 16-17) and a WCHA series against St. Cloud State (Nov. 23-24). The two series are Ohio State’s only back-to-back home series this season.

YOU LOOK FAMILIAR
   Providence is the alma mater of head coach Jackie Barto, a 1984 grad. She captained the ice hockey, field hockey and softball teams as a senior and was inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Barto began her college hockey coaching career at PC, where she guided Catherine Hanson (class of ’98) and Katie Lachapelle (class of ’99) now her assistant coaches at Ohio State.

SERIES HISTORY
   The Buckeyes and Friars have not met since 2002 and are playing in their first two-game series in program history. The series is tied at 1-1-0. Providence is the second Hockey East matchup for OSU this season after opening the year with a split at Connecticut.

A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
   Providence is 2-4-2 overall with a 2-2-1 record in the Hockey East to stand in third place in the league with five points. Offensively, the Friars are led by senior Sarah Feldman with six points (3g, 3a). Freshman Alyse Ruff has a team-best five goals and junior Erin Normore leads with five assists. Junior goaltender Danielle Ciarletta has played the majority of games for PC with a 1-4-2 record, .873 save percentage and 3.61 goals-against average.

LAST TIME OUT
   No. 9/10 Ohio State dropped two games at Minnesota State, Nov. 9-10. The Buckeyes fell by a score of 8-3 Friday and 3-2 Saturday, putting an end to their five-game unbeaten streak. Ohio State got within two goals in the first game, but was unable to continue the rally in the loss. Junior Hayley Klassen had a hand in all three goals, setting up the first two and scoring the third. Tessa Bonhomme (2a) and Erin Keys (1g, 1a) both had multiple points as well.
   In the second game, Klassen collected an assist for her fourth point of the series. Bonhomme added a goal and Keys had a helper for three-point weekends. Also scoring for OSU was freshman Christina Mancuso, who lit the lamp for the Buckeyes for the first time in her young career.

NOTING THE MINNESOTA STATE SERIES
* Ohio State is now 30-5-3 all-time against Minnesota State. The losses ended OSU’s win streak against the Mavericks at eight games. It was the first time in 38 meetings MSU won both games of a series.
* The Buckeye power play was 4-of-8 in the Minnesota State series. OSU entered the weekend 2-of-40, but has increased its power play to fifth in the league at 12.5 percent (6-of-48).
* The Ohio State penalty kill also had a strong weekend at 10-of-12, including a perfect 5-of-5 mark in game two.

COUNTDOWN TO 200
   With the sweep of Bemidji State (Nov. 2-3), head coach Jackie Barto climbed even closer a milestone in her 13th season of coaching, needing just three wins to reach the 200-victory mark. She has a career record is 197-201-40, including a 127-148-30 mark at Ohio State.
   Barto, the first and only head coach of the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team, is in her ninth season at the helm of the Buckeyes. In 2006-07, four Buckeyes were named to All-WCHA teams and Tessa Bonhomme became Ohio State’s third All-American. Barto reached her 100th Ohio State win Jan. 28, 2006, vs. Minnesota at the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to Ohio State, she spent five years coaching at Providence College.

SIMPLY THE BEST
    Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme has 18 points through 12 games this season to lead the WCHA in overall scoring. She also leads in assists with 11 and is tied for third in goals with seven. In defenseman scoring, Bonhomme is double the points over the second-ranked blueliner and she continues to lead all defenseman in the nation with 1.50 points per game.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING
   Hayley Klassen, Tessa Bonhomme and Erin Keys are all on five-game point streaks. Klassen (5g, 4a) and Bonhomme (2g, 7a) each have nine points in that span and Keys has eight (3g, 5a). Also adding to the offense of late is sophomore defenseman Rachel Davis, with four assists in the last five games.

KLASS ACT
   Junior forward Hayley Klassen had a hand in four of five Ohio State goals in its series at Minnesota State, Nov. 9-10. Klassen assisted on the first two and scored the third Friday and followed with an assist on the Buckeyes’ opening goal Saturday. It was her second-consecutive series with four points for the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Klassen has vaulted up the Ohio State point standings to third with 11 points on six goals and five assists. She ranks 10th in the WCHA in overall points and is tied for sixth in goals.

MOVING ON UP
   With three points at Minnesota State, senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme now ranks fourth in the OSU record books in overall scoring and second in defenseman career scoring. She trails Amber Bowman (2004-07) in the blueliner category, needing two points to break the record. Bonhomme also is tied for sixth in goals (33), fourth in assists (68), fifth in power play goals (15) and sixth in power play points (49).
 
LEADING THE WAY
   Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was voted team captain for the 2007-08 season, announced at the team banquet in the spring. Along with three seniors, Bonhomme was one of four captains in 2006-07. Wearing the A’ for the Buckeyes this season is a trio of seniors in forwards Jody Heywood and Mallory Peckels and defenseman Lisa Chesson. It is the first OSU captain honor for all three.

UP NEXT
   Ohio State continues its homestand with a WCHA series against St. Cloud State, Nov. 23-24. Games begin Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.