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Feb. 23, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (15-14-3; 11-14-1 WCHA) closes out the 2004-05 season as the Buckeyes face off against Minnesota State (8-18-6; 7-16-3 WCHA) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.

The Broadcast
Both games vs. Minnesota State this weekend will be broadcast live by The Underground: Ohio State University’s only student-run radio station. The games can be heard on UNITS cable channel 4 or at www.underground.fm/sports.

Live stats from the game can be accessed by going to the women’s hockey schedule page at ohiostatebuckeyes.com and clicking the Gametracker link.

The Fun Stuff
Both nights the team is sponsoring a Stephanie Spielman Foundation Fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer, the first 200 fans to make a donation receive OSU hockey merchandise.

The game Friday is RHAC Night, with a valid BUCK-ID, students receive a free pretzel. During the first intermission figure skater Abby Guerrero, an Olympic hopeful will perform. A postgame autograph session with the entire Buckeye squad is scheduled for Saturday night.

Scouting Minnesota State
Minnesota State enters the series 8-18-6 overall and 7-16-3 in the WCHA. The Mavericks are vying for the fifth seed in the WCHA tournament, as they are tied for fifth in the league with St. Cloud State. MSU is on an eight-game losing streak, falling to Minnesota Duluth, Wisconsin, Bemidji State and Minnesota.

Four Mavericks lead the pack this season, freshman Amanda Stohr with 17 points (8-9-17), senior Melanie Salatino with 16 points (8-8-16), freshman Kristina Bunker with 16 points (4-12-16) and freshman Kerri Wallace with 11 points (1-10-11).

Splitting time in net for MSU are sophomore Laura Brennan and freshman Brittni Kehler. In 18 games, Brennan has a 2.61 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Kehler has a 2.84 gaa and a .908 save percentage in 14 games.

MSU head coach
Jeff Vizenor is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Minnesota State program. Last season, Vizenor guided the squad to a 16-14-4 record, marking its first winning season. The 1992 St. Cloud State graduate joined the MSU program after spending a season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

Buckeyes vs. Mavericks
Ohio State leads the all-time series 20-1-2. The Buckeyes are undefeated with a 9-0-1 record vs. the Mavericks in Columbus. The Buckeyes suffered their only loss to the Mavericks Feb. 13, 2004, in Mankato, Minn., as MSU topped OSU, 4-1. The loss snapped an Ohio State 17-game unbeaten streak vs. MSU.

Last time vs. MSU
In Ohio State’s first road trip of the season, the Buckeyes swept Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. OSU topped MSU, 2-1, Oct. 15 and, 4-2, Oct. 16.

Leading the Buckeyes in their sweep was Jeni Creary, who scored two goals in the third period to clinch the lead in both games.

OSU Vs. The Mavericks
Buckeye senior forward Jeni Creary has compiled a team-best 12 goals and 17 points against Minnesota State over the course of her fourth years. Junior Jana Harrigan is second on the squad with 14 points.

Senior goalie Melissa Glaser has allowed MSU two goals in five games, compiling a perfect 5-0 record, including three shutouts.

Last time out
Ohio State earned a 1-0-1 record in non-conference action at Niagara Feb. 18-19. OSU tied NU, 2-2, in overtime in game one and came back to shut out Niagara, 4-0, in game two. The win marked the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season.

The Buckeye penalty kill held Niagara scoreless on 5-of-6 power-play chances last weekend.

Freshman Erin Keys led the rookie class as she scored a goal and an assist, recording her first multiple-point game at Niagara Feb. 19.

Goalie Erika Vanderveer earned OSU’s first shutout of the season as she held Niagara to just two goals on the weekend, recording a .96 gaa and a .951 save percentage.

Keep Them Coming
Senior Jeni Creary extended her point streak to seven games this season as she led the Buckeyes with two goals and an assist last weekend at Niagara. Creary has posted six goals and five assists during her stretch. This season, Creary is second on the team with 38 points and leads the squad with 23 goals.

Vanderveer Earns League Honors
Sophomore goalie Erika Vanderveer received WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday for leading the Buckeyes as they went 1-0-1 at Niagara Feb. 18-19.

Vanderveer stopped Niagara on 37-of-39 shots in the non-conference road series. Vanderveer earned Ohio State’s first shutout of the season in game two Feb. 19 as she turned away all 16 shots faced. In the 2-2 overtime tie Feb. 18, she made 23 saves, allowing just two goals. Between the two games, Vanderveer recorded a .96 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage, marking her best performance this season.

The award marks the sixth league award of the season for Ohio State and the third of Vanderveer’s career.

Home Ice Advantage
In 16 home games this season, the Buckeyes have tallied a 9-6-1 record in the OSU Ice Rink.

The Buckeye penalty-kill has held its opponents scoreless on 63-of-78 (80.8 percent) power-play chances at home this season.

Points in the Rink
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 27 points and 10 goals in the OSU Ice Rink this season. Second is senior Jeni Creary with 19 points, on nine goals and 10 assists.

Goalie Erika Vanderveer is 5-3-1 at home this season and has compiled a 2.19 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage on home ice. Melissa Glaser is 4-3-0 at home with an .885 svpct. and a 3.00 gaa.

Two Buckeyes in Top 15
Two Ohio State defensemen are ranked in the Top 15 of the nation in points per game among defensemen. Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme is fourth averaging .96 points per game and Amber Bowman is 15th averaging .59 points per game.

Other Buckeyes ranked nationally include Jana Harrigan and Jeni Creary. Harrigan is tied for 20th averaging 1.44 points per game and is 11th averaging 1.00 assists per game. Creary is 18th in the nation averaging .72 goals per game and is tied for third with 13 power-play goals.

Talk About a Streak
Junior Jana Harrigan’s 14-game point streak was halted Feb. 18 in OSU’s 2-2 tie with Niagara. During the stretch Harrigan posted five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.

This season, Harrigan leads the squad with 46 points and 32 assists, topping her previous season-high of 31 points set as a sophomore.

Ohio State Season Mark Set
Junior Jana Harrigan set the Ohio State single-season points record as she tallied her 44th and 45th points this season vs. Wisconsin Feb. 11-12. Harrigan topped teammate Jeni Creary’s record of 44 points in a season set in 2002. This season, Harrigan has 46 points, on 14 goals and 32 assists.

Second & Third Hear Us Roar
This season, 66 of OSU’s 87 goals have come in the second (31) and third (35) periods.

Buckeye Milestone
Junior Jana Harrigan moved up to second in the Ohio State record books with 105 career points this season, six points ahead of former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04).

OSU’s all-time career points leader is senior Jeni Creary who continues to improve upon the 101 career points set last season and now has 139 points in her career.

The Difference Maker
Game two of a series could be the difference maker for the Buckeyes. So far this season, OSU is 10-5-1 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 5-9-2.

Keep your eye on the Buckeye PP
OSU’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation with an 17.5 percent success rate (30-of-171).

Power Play Maker
Defenseman Amber Bowman has made an impact on OSU’s power play this season as 14 of her 19 points have been recorded on the power play.

Play Makers on the Power Play
Five Buckeyes have tallied 10 or more points on the power play this season. Jana Harrigan (4-14-18) and Jeni Creary (13-5-18) lead the pack. They are followed by Tessa Bonhomme (3-12) and Meaghan Mulvaney (7-7) and Amber Bowman (3-11) with 14 points.

Double Digit Leaders
Thirty-two games into the season, six Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 46 points, while Jeni Creary has 38. Meaghan Mulvaney moved up to 26 points last weekend. Tessa Bonhomme has 24, Amber Bowman with 19 and freshman Mallory Peckels has 14.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 71 points this season. The group of five players has combined for 39 goals and 32 assists. Not far behind are the three juniors with 56 points (20-36). The sophomores have tallied 50 points (16-34), while the freshmen have 33 points (11-22).

Points All Around
Seventeen of 18 skaters have tallied points 30 games into the season. Sixteen of the 17 have scored at least one goal.

Six of the 17 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (2-12-14), Lisa Chesson (3-5-8), Jody Heywood (3-1-4), Pamela Patterson (1-2-3), Erin Keys (2-3-5) and Shelby Aldous (1-2-3).

Multiple-Point Leader
Senior Jeni Creary and junior Jana Harrigan both lead the Buckeyes with 11 and 12 multiple-point games, respectively. Senior Meaghan Mulvaney has eight this season.

Career Mark Set
Head coach Jackie Barto set a career mark Nov. 21 vs. Bemidji State, as she earned her 150th career win. In 11 seasons as a head coach, Barto has a 157-162-29 career record.

Keep Them Coming
Last season, Jeni Creary made her mark in the OSU record books as she became the first Buckeye to reach 100 career points. Creary concluded her junior year with two goals and an assist in the WCHA Final Five to move her career point total to 101, breaking the OSU record of 98 set by Shana Frost (1999-03).

This season, Creary has recorded 38 points to improve her career mark to 139 points (80-59).

Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (139), goals (80), power-play goals (37) and game-winning goals (15).

Defending Canada
Sophomore defenseman Tessa Bonhomme returns to the Buckeye lineup this weekend after competing for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team at the 2005 European Air Canada Cup Feb. 10-12 in Duisburg, Germany. Canada competed against Finland, Switzerland and Germany. The series vs. Wisconsin marked the sixth and seventh contests Bonhomme has not been on the Buckeye bench this season.

Earlier this year, Bonhomme was named to the Canadian National Under-22 Team.

With Team Canada she competed at the 2004 Four Nations Cup Nov. 10-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt.

She also participated at the Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 4-10 in Kitchener, Ontario. She made her presence felt at the festival, scoring one goal and assisting on four. Bonhomme led her team (Canada White) to the gold medal as she recorded a goal and a helper to earn player of the game honors in the title game.

Bring On the Awards
Ohio State has earned eight player of the week honors this season, two from USCHO.com and six WCHA accolades.

Senior Jeni Creary was named USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17, WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 25 and Dec. 14.

Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.

Junior Jana Harrigan has received two WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors this season Nov. 16 and Nov. 22. Harrigan also received USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention.

Sophomore Amber Bowman was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 7, marking her first career honor. Goalie Erika Vanderveer received WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 21.

Postseason Action
The WCHA has expanded to an eight-team championship this season, which will be held March 3-7 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The NCAA expanded its tournament to eight teams, adding regional games which will be held at campus sites March 18-20. The 2005 NCAA Frozen Four will be held March 25 and 27 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

On the Radio
Ohio State can be heard on the Internet seven times this season between USCHO.com and The Underground. The following is the broadcast schedule as of Jan. 26:

Ohio State 2004-05 Radio Broadcast Schedule Oct. 8 St. Cloud St. The Underground Oct. 22 Wisconsin The Underground Jan. 8 Minnesota-Duluth USCHO.com Jan. 14 Yale The Underground Jan. 15 Yale The Underground Jan. 22 Minnesota USCHO.com Feb. 25 Minnesota State The Underground

Live Stats and Web Information
New for the 2004-05 season, live stats from every Buckeye home game be found online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Also, keep track of the latest women’s ice hockey news, scores and stats by logging on to the Ohio State athletics website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The website also will feature an “On the Road with the Buckeyes” each road trip by junior forward Cyrstal Sayther.

Up next for the Buckeyes
Ohio State travels to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the 2005 WCHA Championships March 3-6 at Ridder Arena. The Buckeyes will be making their sixth-consecutive appearance in the conference tournament this season.