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Feb. 17, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (14-14-2 overall; 11-14-1 WCHA) completes its eight-game road stretch when the Buckeyes travel to face Niagara (11-13-2; 2-5-1 College Hockey America) at 7 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The series marks OSU’s final non-conference opponent this season and final regular season road contest.

Scouting Niagara
Niagara enters this weekend 11-13-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the CHA. NU is coming off two home losses to Wayne State last weekend. Niagara has faced one WCHA opponent this season, St. Cloud State. NU defeated SCSU, 5-1, and tied the Huskies, 3-3, in overtime.

Leading the Purple Eagles is freshman forward Ashley Riggs with 37 points, on 19 goals and 18 assists. Second on the squad with 20 points (8-1-20) is sophomore forward Chelsea Donovan. Seven Purple Eagles have tallied double-digit points this season.

Splitting time in net for Niagara is sophomore Allison Rutledge and freshman Nikki Rudy. Rutledge has a 2.34 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage with a 7-6-1 record. Rudy has seen action in 13 games this season, posting 4-7-1 record, tallying a .929 save percentage and a 2.16 gaa.

Purple Eagles Head Coach
In her seventh season at the helm of the Niagara program, Margot Page has compiled a 105-104-19 record, qualified for four consecutive conference tournaments and earned a berth to the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four. After guiding her squad to an ECAC championship title in 2002, Page earned ECAC Eastern League Coach of the Year and was a finalist for national coach of the year. Page also is serving as an assistant coach for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 Canadian National Team.

Buckeyes vs. Purple Eagles
The Buckeyes and Purple Eagles will be meeting for the second time in program history and the first time in Niagara Falls. OSU leads the all-time series 2-0. Last season, Ohio State swept Niagara in Columbus.

Last Time Out vs. Niagara
Ohio State swept Niagara in a two-game home series Nov. 29-30, 2003. The Buckeyes won 5-1 in game one and 2-1 in game two.

The Buckeyes held the Purple Eagles scoreless on all five power-play chances in the series. OSU outshot NU 84-46 between the two games.

OSU Vs. The Purple Eagles
In the series between OSU and NU last season, the Buckeyes posted seven goals and 84 assists, while the Purple Eagles recorded two goals and 46 shots.

Eleven Buckeyes tallied points in the two-game home series. OSU’s Meaghan Mulvaney led the squad with two goals and two assists. Jeni Creary scored two goals and posted an assist. Four other Buckeyes recorded two points each.

Goalies Melissa Glaser and Erika Vanderveer split time in net during the series. Glaser started game one recording 25 saves and Vanderveer started game two posting 19 saves.

Niagara Ties
Ohio State assistant coach Katie Lachapelle, in her first year with the Buckeye program, came to OSU from Niagara where she served as an assistant coach for three years under Margot Page.

Buckeyes vs. Non-Conference
Ohio State has an unblemished 3-0-1 vs. non-conference teams this season. The Buckeyes swept Yale in a home series (Jan. 14-15) and went 1-0-1 vs. Northeastern in Columbus (Nov. 13-14). Last season, OSU posted a 5-2-1 record vs. non-conference opponents.

Last Time Out
Ohio State dropped a two-game road series against then-No. 4 Wisconsin Feb. 11-12 in Madison, Wis. OSU fell, 6-3, in game one and, 7-2, in game two.

The Buckeyes’ penalty-killing unit held Wisconsin scoreless on 7-of-9 power-play attempts.

Seven Buckeyes tallied points vs. UW. Five different players scored goals.

Freshman Firsts
Freshman defenseman Lisa Chesson recorded her first multiple-point game as she scored a goal and posted an assist in game one vs. Wisconsin Feb. 11.

Talk About a Streak
After recording three points vs. Wisconsin last weekend, junior Jana Harrigan extended her point streak to 14 games. During the stretch Harrigan has posted five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.

This season, Harrigan leads the squad with 45 points and 31 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 last weekend. Harrigan topped teammate Jeni Creary’s record of 44 points in a season set in 2002.

Here I Come
OSU’s leading freshman Mallory Peckels is on a four-game point streak this season. She has posted one goal and three assists during her stretch.

This season, Peckels leads the rookies with 13 points (2-11-13) and leads the team with a +5 rating.

Keep them Coming
Senior Jeni Creary recorded a goal and an assist vs. Wisconsin extending her point streak to five games (Jan. 29-Feb. 12). Creary has posted four goals and four assists during her stretch.

Second & Third Hear Us Roar
This season, 60 of OSU’s 81 goals have come in the second (29) and third (31) periods.

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.

Points on the Road
Four Buckeyes have recorded double-digits in road games this season.

Jana Harrigan and Jeni Creary are both averaging over a point a game on the road this season. In 14 road games, Harrigan leads the squad with 18 points and 14 assists. Creary is the leading goal scorer with 12 for 16 points on the road.

Senior Meaghan Mulvaney has tallied 11 points, while sophomore Tessa Bonhomme has 10 points on the road.

Buckeye Milestone
Junior Jana Harrigan moved up to second in the Ohio State record books with 104 career points this season, five 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 136 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 9-5-1 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 5-9-1.

Nearing the Top
Four Ohio State players are gaining on the top players in the country in several categories this season. Jana Harrigan is tied for 17th in the nation averaging 1.50 points per game. She also is tied for 10th averaging 1.03 assists per game.

Jeni Creary is 18th in the nation averaging .67 goals per game and is third with 13 power-play goals this season, four short of first in the nation.

Two Buckeye sophomore defensemen are ranked this week. Tessa Bonhomme is fifth averaging .96 points per game among defensemen and Amber Bowman is 16th averaging .60 points.

Keep your eye on the Buckeye PP
OSU’s power play is ranked eighth in the nation with an 18.5 percent success rate (29-of-157).

Power Play Maker
Defenseman Amber Bowman has made an impact on OSU’s power play this season as 13 of her 18 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 leads the pack with 18 points, on four goals and 14 assists. Jeni Creary is not far behind with 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. They are followed by Tessa Bonhomme (3-11) and Meaghan Mulvaney (7-7) with 14 points and Amber Bowman (2-11) with 13 points.

Double Digit Leaders
Thirty games into the season, six Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 45 points, while Jeni Creary has 35. Meaghan Mulvaney moved up to 24 points last weekend. Tessa Bonhomme has 22, Amber Bowman with 18 and freshman Mallory Peckels has 13.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 65 points this season. The group of five players has combined for 36 goals and 29 assists. Not far behind are the three juniors with 55 points (20-35). The sophomores have tallied 46 points (14-32), 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 (2-11-13), Lisa Chesson (3-5-8), Jody Heywood (3-1-4), Pamela Patterson (1-2-3), Erin Keys (1-2-3) and Shelby Aldous (1-1-2).

Multiple-Point Leader
Senior Jeni Creary and junior Jana Harrigan both lead the Buckeyes with 11 multiple-point games this season. Senior Meaghan Mulvaney has seven 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 156-162-28 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 35 points to improve her career mark to 136 points (78-58).

Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (136), goals (78), power-play goals (37) and game-winning goals (14).

Bring On the Awards
Ohio State has earned seven player of the week honors this season, two from USCHO.com and five 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.

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 returns home for its final regular-season match-up when the Buckeyes take on Minnesota State at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 25 and 4:05 p.m. Feb. 26 in the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to the game Feb. 26 all five Ohio State seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments over the past four years.