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Feb. 4, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (12-8-2, 8-7-1 WCHA) travels to Duluth, Minn., to take on the No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (12-8-2, 8-5-1) at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at the DECC in Duluth, Minn.

THE BROADCAST
The game Saturday will be broadcast live on WDSM (710 AM) or via the Internet at: www.umdbulldogs.com. Click on the “Bulldogs on the Air” link. Follow the link to WARP radio and enter in the call letter “WDSM,” then hit “Go.” Finally, click “Click Here to Listen”.

SCOUTING NO. 5 MINNESOTA-DULUTH
The Bulldogs are coming off a bye weekend. Last time out, they swept St. Cloud State, 8-3 and 9-3 in Duluth, Minn. UMD (8-5-1 WCHA) and OSU (8-7-1 WCHA) currently are tied for third place in the WCHA.

Leading UMD this season with 44 points (17-27-44) is sophomore forward Caroline Ouellette. Not far behind with 42 points (21-21-42) is senior Jenny Potter. Jessica Koizumi also has joined the 20 plus club this season (12-8-20).

In net for the UMD this season is freshmen Riitta Schaublin and Anna-Kaisa Piiroinen. Schaublin has a 2.32 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 16 games. Piiroinen has a 2.56 GAA and a .881 save percentage in eight games.

BUCKEYES VS. BULLDOGS
The series marks the 23rd and 24th meetings between the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs. UMD leads the series 19-1-2 overall and 7-0-1 in Duluth, Minn. Earlier this season, Minnesota-Duluth swept Ohio State, 4-3 and 2-1, in Columbus, Ohio. MINNESOTA-DULUTH HEAD COACH
Shannon Miller, the 2003 American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year, has led the Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey team to three consecutive NCAA Championship titles (2001, 2002, 2003), in only four years at the helm. Miller has compiled an 108-19-13 record, earning the top spot among all current women’s college hockey coaches.

LAST TIME OUT VS. UMD
Ohio State was swept by then-No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth Oct. 24-25, 2003 in a two-game series in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes fell 4-3 Oct. 24 and suffered a 2-1 defeat Oct. 25.

Game 1 – Ohio State took the lead, as Jana Harrigan scored the first goal of the game at 10:04 of the first period. The Bulldogs fired back with three goals in the second stanza. The Buckeyes evened the scored as they posted two goals in the second period. UMD scored a goal late in the third period to win the game. The Bulldogs outshot the Buckeyes 26-21. The OSU was 0-3 on the power play and UMD was 1-3 on the power play.

Game 2 – Minnesota-Duluth scored a goal in the first period and one in the second to take control of the game. Ohio State attempted a comeback in the third period, as Jeni Creary scored a power-play goal. Despite, pulling their goalie with 49 seconds remaining, the Buckeyes dropped a second heartbreaker to UMD. The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs 34-32. Ohio State held Minnesota-Duluth scoreless on six power-play opportunities. The Buckeyes were 1-10 on the power play.

HOMETOWN HOMIES
Ohio State’s Natalie Lamme attended the same high school as Minnesota-Duluth forwards Julie Fearing and Meghan Stotts. All three players were members of the Hibbing High School women’s hockey team.

OSU’s Jeni Creary and Lacey Schultz played on the Notre Dame Hounds with UMD’s Tricia Guest.

SAME TEAM NOW OPPOSITE TEAM
Ohio State’s Jeni Creary played on the same team as Minnesota-Duluth’s Krista McArthur and Caroline Ouellette. Creary and McArthur were members of Canada’s Under-22 Team which competed in a three-game exhibition series vs. the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Team Aug. 20-23. Creary, McArthur and Ouellette played on Team Wilson at the Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 8-12 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

DID YOU KNOW?
OSU’s Emma Laaksonen and UMD’s Caroline Ouellette both competed at the 2003 Four Nations Cup Nov. 5-9 in Tibro, Sweden. Laaksonen competed for Team Finland; Ouellette was a member of Team Canada.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State suffered a 2-1 road loss to non-conference opponent then-No. 7 Mercyhurst last Saturday in Erie, Pa. With the loss, the Buckeyes fell to 12-8-2 overall this season. The contest last Saturday marked only the second meeting between OSU and MC. The Lakers lead the all-time series 2-0. The Buckeyes were outshot 36-21 by the Lakers.

CREARY COMPETING IN GERMANY
Creary will not be traveling with Ohio State to Duluth, Minn., this weekend. The junior forward is competing at the 2004 European Air Canada Cup with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team Feb. 5-7 in Germany.

PK IN THE TOP 5
Ohio State’s penalty-killing unit dropped to fifth in the nation as it held Mercyhurst to one goal on four power-play chances. The Buckeyes have stopped their opponents on 88-of-97 power-plays this season (90.7 percent).

BUCKEYE POWER PLAY
The Buckeyes scored a power-play goal at Mercyhurst, marking their third consecutive game they have scored on an extra-man opportunity. OSU has scored on 15-of-105 opportunities this season (14.2 percent).

GOALS AND POINTS LEADER
Leading the team with 18 points this season is sophomore Jana Harrigan. The Burlington, Ontario, native also leads the Buckeyes with eight goals. Fifteen of Harrigan’s points have come in conference games.

FRESHMAN LEADER
Tessa Bonhomme leads the freshman class with 13 points (2-11-13) and is tied for first on the team with 11 assists. The Sudbury, Ontario, native is 21st in the nation among defensemen and 28th among rookies with 13 points. In the WCHA conference, Bonhomme is third with 11 league points (2-9-11) this season.

A TRIPLE AT SECOND
Three Buckeyes are tied for second on the team with 14 points each – Meaghan Mulvaney (6-8-14), Jeni Creary (5-9-14) and Emma Laaksonen (3-11-14).

DOUBLE DIGITS
Eight Buckeyes have tallied double-digits in points this season – Jana Harrigan (18), Meaghan Mulvaney, Jeni Creary and Emma Laaksonen (14), Heather Farrell and Tessa Bonhomme (13) and Erin O’Grady and Amber Bowman (10).

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 16th in the nation among defensemen with 14 points.

Freshman Tessa Bonhomme is 21st in the nation among defensemen and 28th among rookies with 13 points.

Junior Melissa Glaser’s .918 save percentage places her 19th in the nation. Glaser also is 21st in the nation averaging 2.36 goals against.

ON THE OFFENSE
Ohio State’s offense is 15th in the nation, averaging 2.59 goals per game. The Buckeyes have recorded 57 goals.

ON THE DEFENSE
The Buckeye defense is tied for ninth in the nation averaging 1.95 goals per game. OSU’s defense has allowed 43 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 four categories this season. The squad has outscored its opponents by 14 goals, tallied 32 more assists, outshot its opponents by three and scored six more power-play goals than its opponents.

CATEGORY LEADERS
Sophomore Jana Harrigan is leading the team in three categories – points (18), goals (8) and plus/minus (+12).

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

Junior Jeni Creary leads the team with 68 shots.

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
Ohio State is in the middle of a four-weekend road stretch. The Buckeyes return home for two consecutive weekends to round out conference action.

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
The Buckeyes follow with their final road series playing No. 9 Minnesota State, Feb. 13-14 in Mankato, Minn. 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.

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.