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Feb. 12, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (13-9-2, 9-8-1 WCHA) completes its four-weekend road stretch against Minnesota State (13-9-3, 6-7-3 WCHA) at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday and 5:05 p.m. EST Saturday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.

SCOUTING MINNESOTA STATE
The Mavericks are coming off a road sweep at Wisconsin last weekend. MSU fell 3-0 Saturday and 4-1 Sunday. Minnesota State has been in and out of the national polls this season. The squad is 6-5-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 10 and own three wins over teams ranked at No. 1 at the time of the game.

Sophomore Devon Nichols leads the team with 27 points (8-19-27) this season. Not far behind is junior forward Melanie Salatino with 21 points (15-6-21).

Goaltender Shari Vogt, who was named one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, leads the league with a .934 save percentage this season. Overall, Vogt has a .937 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.

BUCKEYES VS. MAVERICKS
The Buckeyes lead the Mavericks, 16-0-2, in the all-time series. OSU is 7-0-1 in Mankato, Minn. Earlier this season, Ohio State defeated MSU, 3-0, Jan. 16 and tied, 2-2, in overtime Jan. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

MINNESOTA STATE HEAD COACH
Jeff Vizenor is in his third season as the head coach of the Minnesota State women’s hockey program. Last season, Vizenor guided the Mavericks to a 10-21-3 record, their highest win total since joining the WCHA. The 1992 St. Cloud State graduate joined the MSU program after spending a season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

LAST TIME OUT VS. MSU
Ohio State upset then-No. 8/9 Minnesota State, 3-0, Jan. 16 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes followed with a 2-all tie in game two Jan. 17.

Game 1 – Both teams came out strong in the first period, each looking for a goal. Ohio State had several scoring chances on its power play at 17:04, but Minnesota State goalie Shari Vogt put up a strong defensive stand stopping 11 Buckeye shots. Ohio State gained momentum in the second period as the Buckeyes recorded two goals, while holding Minnesota State scoreless. Senior Erin O’Grady tipped in a top-shelf power-play goal from senior Heather Farrell and freshman Amber Bowman at 2:06. For OSU’s second goal, sophomore Jana Harrigan scored on a 2-on-1 on an assist from Jaclyn Haines at 11:17. The Buckeyes secured their win with an empty net goal late in the third period. After Minnesota State pulled its goalie to take an extra-man advantage with 1:15 remaining. O’Grady capitalized on the opportunity and scored her second goal of the game on an empty net at 19:05. Ohio State outshot Minnesota State 33-25 in the game. OSU goaltender Melissa Glaser recorded 25 saves and her second shutout of the season. MSU goaltender Vogt stopped 30-of-33 Buckeye chances.

Game 2 – The first period was very similar to the game Friday night, as neither team was able to score. Ohio Stated tallied 12 shots, while holding Minnesota State to nine in the period. Ohio State’s offense kicked into gear in the second period, as the Buckeyes scored two goals to take the lead. Junior Jaclyn Haines scored her second career goal on a strong shot from just inside the blue line from Jana Harrigan at 8:03. Harrigan who came directly off the Buckeye bench scored the Buckeyes’ second goal. Minnesota State came out strong in the third period, tallying a goal 46 seconds into the stanza. Andrea Jensrud scored a 5-on-3 goal to give MSU its first goal of the game. The Mavericks kept up their momentum as Kate Hainrich came from behind the net to tie the game at 10:56. Each team battled for an additional goal, but at the end of regulation time the game was forced into overtime. Despite recording several shots in overtime neither the Buckeyes nor the Mavericks could get the puck in the net. OSU outshot Minnesota State 33-31 in the game. OSU goaltender Erika Vanderveer recorded 29 saves and allowed two goals. MSU goaltender Shari Vogt stopped 31-of-33 Buckeye chances.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State earned two conference points as it split with Minnesota-Duluth last weekend in Duluth, Minn. OSU upset the then-No. 5 Bulldogs, 4-3, Friday, but fell, 5-1, Saturday. The Buckeyes earned their first victory over the Bulldogs in Duluth, Minn., and only their second win in the five-year history of the program. OSU’s first victory was Dec. 2, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio.

CAPTAIN LEADER
Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney posted three points against UMD. She scored two breakaway goals including a short-handed game-winning goal to lead the Buckeyes Friday night. Mulvaney assisted on the Buckeyes’ lone goal in the game Saturday. Mulvaney is now second on the team with 17 points (8-9-17).

FRESHMAN DEFENDER
Defenseman Amber Bowman led the Ohio State freshman class with two points in the split with Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. The Innisfil, Ontario, native scored a goal, which tied the game at 3-all and opened the door for the Buckeyes’ first victory in Duluth, Minn. Bowman also assisted on OSU’s first goal of the game to get the Buckeyes’ momentum going Friday. Bowman is eighth on the team this season with 12 points (3-9-12).

IN GOAL FOR THE BUCKEYES
OSU’s goaltenders Melissa Glaser and Erika Vanderveer recorded 66 saves combined between the two games against UMD. Glaser tallied 46 saves in 80 minutes of action, while Vanderveer posted 20 in 40 minutes.

On the season, Glaser has played in 18 games and compiled a .911 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. In seven games this season, Vanderveer has a .968 save percentage and a .74 goals-against average.

PK IN THE TOP 5
Ohio State’s fourth-ranked nationally penalty-killing unit stopped Minnesota-Duluth on 8-of-9 power-play chances on the weekend. The Buckeyes have stopped their opponents on 96-of-106 power plays this season (90.6 percent).

GOALS AND POINTS LEADER
Leading the team with 19 points this season is sophomore Jana Harrigan. The Burlington, Ontario, native also leads the Buckeyes with nine goals. Sixteen of Harrigan’s points have come in conference games.

DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight Buckeyes have tallied double-digits in points this season – Jana Harrigan (19), Meaghan Mulvaney (17), Heather Farrell (15), Jeni Creary and Emma Laaksonen (14), Tessa Bonhomme (13), Amber Bowman (12) and Erin O’Grady (11).

POWER PLAY LEADER
Senior Emma Laaksonen is leading the team with seven power-play points this season. Laaksonen has scored one power-play goal and posted six assists on the power play.

IN THE RANKS
Senior captain Emma Laaksonen is tied for 21st in the nation among defensemen with 14 points.

Freshman Tessa Bonhomme is 26th in the nation among defensemen with 13 points.

Junior Melissa Glaser’s .911 save percentage places her 20th in the nation. Glaser also is 24th in the nation averaging 2.64 goals against.

ON THE OFFENSE
Ohio State’s offense is 17th in the nation, averaging 2.58 goals per game. The Buckeyes have recorded 62 goals.

ON THE DEFENSE
The Buckeye defense is 11th in the nation averaging 2.12 goals per game. OSU’s defense has allowed 51 goals.

100 IN REACH
Senior Emma Laaksonen and junior Jeni Creary each moved closer to setting an all-time OSU career record of 99 points. Laaksonen now has 94 career points and Creary has 95. Ohio State’s career leader with 98 points is Shana Frost (1999-03).

BUCKEYES VS. OPPONENTS
The Buckeyes are leading their opponents in three categories this season. The squad has outscored its opponents by 11 goals, tallied 68 more assists and scored six more power-play goals than its opponents.

CATEGORY LEADERS
Sophomore Jana Harrigan is leading the team in three categories – points (19), goals (9), shots (81) and plus/minus (+8).

Senior captain Erin O’Grady leads the team with three power-play goals this season.

Senior captain Emma Laaksonen and freshman Tessa Bonhomme lead the assists category with 11 each.

RECORD SEASON
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 six WCHA Player of the Week honors this season. Two Buckeyes, Melissa Glaser and Erika Vanderveer, have earned the honor twice. Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney earned Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 5 and freshman Tessa Bonhomme was named Rookie of the Week 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.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES
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.

THE SCHEDULE
In the final game of the regular-season (March 6), Ohio State looks to defend the Ohio Cup trophy after defeating Findlay for three consecutive years.

The 2003 WCHA Final Five Tournament will be held March 12-14 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes are striving for the 2003 NCAA Frozen Four March 26 and 28 in Providence, R.I.

WHAT’S UP NEXT
Ohio State returns home for a match-up with the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 20-21 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio.

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.