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Dec. 4, 2001

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s hockey team (5-6-3 overall, 2-5-3 in the WCHA) looks to climb up the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings this weekend, taking on Minnesota State (2-10-0 overall, 0-8-0 WCHA) in a two-game league series at Mankato, Minn. Game time Friday and Saturday is 8:05 p.m. (EST) at All Seasons Arena.

Barto On The Series
“I’m pleased with the way we’re playing as team. We are 3-1-1 in our last five games and we’re coming off a bye weekend. Going into our series with Mankato, our goal is to play six solid periods of hockey. We want to finish the first half of the season on a good note and play up to our expectations as a team. Mankato is a good, hard-working hockey club. Every WCHA game is competitive so we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game to Mankato.”

The National Leader
Coming off a two-goal outing at Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 24, Ohio State rookie left wing Jeni Creary continues to leads the nation in goals (14) and is second in points with 21 (14 goals, 7 assists). Northeastern’s Brooke Whitney leads with 23 points. Creary is averaging 1.50 points per game. The Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, native is tied for second in the nation (with Buckeye Shana Frost) with five power-play tallies, has taken 70 shots on net and is +7. The Polls
Ohio State dropped out of the Top 10, receiving six votes in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll, released Dec. 4. Two WCHA schools-No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 3 Minnesota-are ranked in the Top 10.

USA Today/American Hockey Magazine POLL (Dec. 4) Team Record Last 1. Minnesota-Duluth 9-0-3 1 2. Dartmouth 8-1-0 3 3. Minnesota 11-2-3 4 4. Northeastern 12-1-0 5 5. New Hampshire 10-2-1 2 6. St. Lawrence 8-3-0 8 7. Brown 4-4-1 7 8. Niagara 11-3-0 6 9. Harvard 4-4-1 NR 10. Mercyhurst 9-5-1 NR Receiving Votes: Wisconsin (7), OHIO STATE (6), Connecticut (1)

The Buckeyes received five votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) Women’s poll this week.

Barto Returns For Third Year
On Dec. 14, 1998, Jackie Barto became the first head coach in Ohio State women’s hockey history. Nearly two and a half years later, on March 10, 2001, Barto’s young Buckeye squad took center stage at the WCHA Championship in a dramatic run for the title. The Buckeyes’ strong finish was a fitting end to their second campaign, which saw them skate to an 18-16-3 record (11-10-3 in the WCHA) and finish No. 8 in the national polls. Now 5-6-3 in her third year as mentor, Barto has compiled a 31-48-9 record (.403) and is 19-30-9 (.405) in league play at Ohio State. Her career record of 101-101-19 (.500) includes five years at her alma mater, Providence, where her squads made four ECAC tournament appearances, winning the championship in 1995.

Barto Reaches Century Mark
Jackie Barto recorded her 100th career victory with a win over UConn Nov. 16 and now stands 101-101-19 overall. Ohio State’s 4-3 win over Providence Nov. 18 marked Barto’s first meeting with her former squad and alma mater. She spent five years at the helm of PC women’s hockey, compiling a 70-53-10 mark.

Scouting Minnesota State
The Mavericks captured two wins over Wayne State Oct. 26-27 and enter the weekend series 2-11-1. First-year head coach Jeff Vizenor took over an MSU squad that finished 2-31-2 (0-23-1 in the WCHA) in 2000-01.

Mavericks To Watch
Senior forward Ryann Geldner leads her teammates in goals (4) and assists (3) through 14 games. Newcomer Kearstin Solberg, already a WCHA Rookie of the Week (Oct. 28), checks in with four points, from three goals and an assist. Nicole Magnuson leads the blueliners with three helpers. Sophomore goaltender Shari Vogt is having a strong season between the pipes, posting a 2.99 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

Maverick Head Coach Jeff Vizenor
Now in his first year at the helm of MSU, Jeff Vizenor is coming off a one-year stint at Wisconsin where he was an assistant with the Badger women’s hockey program. Prior to UW, Vizenor served as head coach at Saint Mary’s (Division III) in Winona, Minn. and compiled a 34-13-5 mark.

Minnesota State-Last Time Out
The Mavericks forced Quinnipiac into overtime twice, falling, 3-2, Nov. 30 and tying the Braves, 1-1, Dec. 1. Amy Egli had a two-goal outing Friday, her second coming with just three seconds remaining to send the game into an extra session. Saturday, Sheri Maisonneuve recorded MSU’s lone goal with just over a minute left in the third period.

The Buckeyes vs. The Mavericks
Ohio State and MSU last met Feb. 2-3, 2001, at Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes swept the Mavericks, 4-1 and 5-1, and lead the all-time series, 7-0-1. In the teams’ four meetings last season, the Buckeyes outscored the Mavericks, 17-4, and outshot them, 159-68.

Last Four Meetings

Feb. 3, 2001 at Ohio State W, 5-1 Feb. 2, 2001 at Ohio State W, 4-1 Nov. 18, 2000 at Minnesota State T, 2-2 Nov. 17, 2000 at Minnesota State W, 6-0 Recapping Minnesota-Duluth Series
Ohio State returned 0-1-1 from its physical series with No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, Nov. 23-24. The Buckeyes fell to the host Bulldogs, 4-2, Nov. 23 but returned the next night to tie UMD, 3-3, in overtime. Shana Frost recorded both Buckeye goals Friday on the power play. Saturday, Emma Laaksonen scored the first goal and Jeni Creary recorded her third multiple-goal game of the season to lead the Buckeyes.

Salt Lake City Bound
Ohio State offensive defenseman Emma Laaksonen is one of seven women’s hockey players to be assured a spot on the 2002 Olympic Team representing Finland. It will be Laaksonen’s second trip to the Olympics, as she won a bronze medal with Team Finland at Nagano in 1998. The 2002 Games will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, with women’s hockey competing Feb. 12-21.

Special Teams Stepping Up
Ohio State special teams are near the top of league and national statistics in both power-play and penalty-kill percentage. The Buckeyes are first in the WCHA after going 3-for-9 on the power play in the UMD series.Through 14 games, Ohio State is second in the nation with a conversion percentage of 28.3 (17-of-60) and fourth in the league in overall penalty kill (46-of-57). The Buckeyes are averaging 1.2 power-play goals per game.

Multiple Point Bucks
For the second-consecutive weekend, Jeni Creary, Shana Frost, Emily Hudak and Emma Laaksonen recorded multiple points in a series. Against UMD, Creary tallied twice, Frost picked up two goals and an assist, Hudak notched two assists and Laaksonen scored a goal and added an assist. Creary’s two-goal performance Nov. 24 marked her third multiple-goal game this season.

Follow The Leaders
As Ohio State nears the halfway point of its season, Jeni Creary leads the team in goals (14), shots (70) and is tied for the lead in assists (7) with Emily Hudak and Jennifer Desson. Creary and Shana Frost are on top with five power-play goals. Three Buckeyes are tied for the lead with 10 penalties. Heather Farrell, Katie Frohreich and Emily Hudak each have 20 PIM.

Neck-And-Neck
Six Buckeyes are within two points of each other in the scoring race. Shana Frost (5G, 5A) and Emma Laaksonen (4G, 6A) are tied for second with 10 points, followed by Heather Farrell (3G, 6A), Jennifer Desson (2G, 7A) and Emily Hudak (2G, 7A) with nine points each and Jeanne Chapple, (4G, 4A) who has eight points.

Scoring Streaks End, Extend
Jeni Creary and Emily Hudak watched their scoring streaks snap in the UMD series. Prior to Nov. 23, Creary was on a seven-game point streak, recording seven goals and three assists, and Hudak was looking to extend a four-game streak, having tallied a goal and six assists before Nov. 24. Shana Frost currently is on a seven-game point scoring run.

Ohio State vs. The Top 10
The Buckeyes have faced four ranked opponents this season and have a combined 1-5-2 mark against the Top 10. Ohio State handed No. 5 New Hampshire (10-2-1) one of its two losses this season on Oct. 19 (4-3).

Ohio State vs. The Nation
In national statistics, (according to collegehockeystats.com) Ohio State is 21st in scoring offense and 22nd in scoring defense. The Buckeye power-play unit is second in the country, while the penalty-kill unit is 20th. Jeni Creary is tied for ninth in points per game (1.50), third in goals per game (1.00), second in power-play goals (5, tied with Shana Frost) and fourth in rookie points per game. Emily Hudak is 16th among scoring defensemen and April Stojak is 16th with a 2.33 goals-against average.

Outshooting Opponents
After getting outshot, 65-40, in the UMD series, Ohio State is outshooting opponents by a slim margin (360-331). The Buckeyes are 4-0-1 when outshooting their opponents and 1-6-2 when outshot.

Whew, That Was A Close One
Out of the Buckeyes’ 14 games this season, seven have been decided by one goal and five have gone into overtime. Ohio State is 3-4-0 in one-goal games and 1-1-3 in overtime games.

Buckeyes In The WCHA
Ohio State is tied with St. Cloud State for fifth place in the WCHA standings with seven points. In overall team statistics, the Buckeyes are sixth in scoring offense (35 goals), fourth in scoring defense (40 goals allowed), fifth in penalty minutes (138 PIM) and first in overall power play (17-for-60).

Jeni Creary is first in total points (21), first in goal scoring (14), tied for second in power-play points (9), tied with Shana Frost for first in power-play goals (5) and first in freshman scoring (14-7-21). Emma Laaksonen is fourth in defenseman scoring and Jennifer Desson is tied for fifth in freshman scoring (2-7-9).

Glaser Solid In Net
Melissa Glaser recorded a season-high 35 saves Nov. 23 against UMD. The sophomore netminder has started eight games and is posting a 3-3-2 record, a 3.17 gaa and an .867 save pct. April Stojak has started six games, is 2-3-1 overall and is carrying a 2.33 gaa and an .895 save pct.

Leading The D
Emma Laaksonen leads the Ohio State defense in points after seeing action in only 10 games. The WCHA Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 18, Laaksonen has taken 32 shots on net and scored two power-play goals.

Buckeyes On … The … Power Play!
Jeni Creary leads Ohio State in power-play points with nine (5 goals, 4 assists). Shana Frost and Emily Hudak follow with eight points on the power play.

On The Positive Side
Jeni Creary (+7) and Jennifer Desson (+2) are the lone Buckeyes with positive +/- ratings. The Creary-Desson-Chapple line has produced 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points, almost half of Ohio State’s total points (81) this season.

Ohio State Sweeps League Awards
On Nov. 18, the WCHA named Emma Laaksonen player of the week and Jeni Creary rookie of the week. Jeanne Chapple also took home USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Buckeyes have claimed three league honors this season, as Creary was the WCHA Player of the Week Oct. 21.

Buckeye Captains
Melissa Glaser, Emily Hudak, Lindsey Ogren are the second-year captains of the Buckeyes.

The Squad
Seventeen returning letterwinners (including goaltender Melissa Glaser, who sat out last season with a medical redshirt) and six newcomers make up the 2001-02 Buckeye squad. There are 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

Rookie Buckeyes
Ohio State rookie forwards Jeni Creary and Jennifer Desson have seen action in all 14 games, combining for 30 points from 16 goals and 14 assists. Freshman center Meaghan Mulvaney (Sylvania, Ohio) also has played in all 14 contests and taken 16 shots on net. Defenders Jaclyn Haines (Rossland, British Columbia) and Monica Kolb (Rochester, N.Y.) and goaltender Natalie Lamm (Hibbing, Minn.) make up the rest of the Class of 2005.

2000-01 Season In Review
In just its second season, Ohio State finished with an 18-16-3 overall record (11-10-3 in the WCHA) and ended up No. 8 in the national polls. The Buckeyes were 12-5-1 after Jan. 1 and nearly captured the WCHA Championship title after blanking the No. 4 seed St. Cloud State (5-0) and No. 1 Minnesota (4-0) to advance to the championship game. Fifth-seeded Ohio State fell, 3-0, to eventual NCAA national champion Minnesota-Duluth.

The Veterans
The offense returns five of its seven 20-plus point scorers from last year, including sophomore defenseman Emma Laaksonen, who was second in points (38) and led the nation in power-play goals (17), junior wing Shana Frost who led in goals (20) and junior defenseman Emily Hudak, the assist leader (27). Not returning are 2000-01 top scorer Kelli Halcisak, (13-27-40) and Corinne Rosen. Halcisak transferred to Providence after last season and Rosen completed her eligibility.

The Imports
With the addition of Jaclyn Haines, Jeni Creary and Jennifer Desson, the number of Buckeyes who are from Canada grew to seven. Five are from Ontario, with Haines and Creary hailing from British Columbia and Saskatchewan, respectively. Fifteen are from the United States (six from Minnesota and four from Ohio) and Emma Laaksonen is from Espoo, Finland.

OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES.COM
Statistics, game recaps, team notes, a roster and schedule for the women’s hockey team and all of Ohio State’s 34 other varsity sports is available at the official Web site of Ohio State Athletics, http://ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For up-to-the-minute women’s hockey results and statistics from around the nation, visit www.collegehockeystats.com.

Next Up For The Buckeyes
Next weekend, Ohio State battles Princeton in its only home series during the month of December. The Buckeyes and Tigers will face off at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the OSU Ice Rink.