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Nov. 12, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team faces the St. Cloud State Huskies at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The Buckeyes are 1-5-0 overall and in the WCHA this season and the Huskies are 2-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in WCHA action.

SCOUTING ST. CLOUD STATE
St. Cloud State has not won a game in WCHA competition this season, the Huskies are 0-2-0 in the league and 2-4-0 overall. Their two wins came against North Dakota and they were handed two loss by both Findlay (3-2 and 8-2) and Minnesota (4-1 and 5-3).

The SCSU offense is fifth in the league averaging 2.67 goals per game this season. The Huskies have scored 16 goals and allowed 25 this season.

Sophomore forward Ashley Stewart leads the squad with nine points (5-4-9) and is tied for seventh in the WCHA. Two defensemen follow Stewart with seven points each – junior Tina Ciraulo and senior Kobi Kawamoto.

In goal for the Huskies is senior Ellen Brinkman, who has a 3.01 goals-against average. Brinkman has played in four of the six games this season, tallying a .906 save percentage.

BUCKEYES VS. HUSKIES
Ohio State is 11-6-1 against St. Cloud State all-time. The game will mark the 19th meeting between the two teams. Last time out, OSU lost to the Huskies, 2-1, in St. Cloud Minn.

The Buckeyes are 6-2-0 vs. the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minn.

SCSU HEAD COACH
Jason Lesteberg is in his second year at the helm of the SCSU program. Lesteberg tallied a 11-23-0 record in his first season with the Huskies. Prior to St. Cloud State, Lesteberg served as the head coach at Bemidji State during the 2001-02 season.

LAST MEETING
The last time OSU and SCSU met was for a two-game series in St. Cloud, Minn, in which the team split. The Buckeyes won the first game, 1-0, Jan. 18 as Jeanne Chapple scored the game-winning just before the end of the first period. In game two Jan. 19, OSU’s Jeni Creary scored the first goal but the Huskies answered back with two additional goals.

LAST TIME OUT – WISCONSIN
Ohio State traveled to Madison, Wis. and split with then-No. 6 Wisconsin Nov. 1 and 2.

The Buckeyes upset the Badgers, 3-2, Nov. 1. The victory marked only the second win for Ohio State against Wisconsin in program history. The first OSU win was March 4, 2000 in the consolation game of the 2000 WCHA Final Five in Bloomington, Minn.

This season, senior Heather Farrell scored the first Buckeye goal to get the squad off to a good start 28 seconds into the game. Junior Jaclyn Haines and freshman Tessa Bonhomme each recorded their first career goal.

In the contest Nov. 2, the Badgers were able to take the lead and never let up as Wisconsin defeated Ohio State, 3-1.

Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal in the game.

UNDERCLASSMEN TAKE THE LEAD
Leading the Ohio State squad this season are two underclassmen, sophomore forward Jana Harrigan and freshman defenseman Tessa Bonhomme with four points each. Harrigan has tallied three goals and an assist. Bonhomme has recorded one goal and three assists, including the game-winning goal in the Buckeye victory Nov. 1.

PK RANKING
The Buckeye penalty-killing unit is ranked 18th in the nation stopping 21-of-25 of its opponents power-play opportunities. OSU’s PK is fourth in the WCHA.

ROOKIE SUCCESS
Defenseman Tessa Bonhomme leads the freshman class with four points (1-3-4) this season. The Ontario native scored her first career goal which happened to be the game-winning goal in the victory Nov. 1.

RANKED BUCKEYES
Freshman Tessa Bonhomme is tied at 14th in the nation among defensemen averaging 0.67 points per game.

RETURNING FROM SWEDEN
Senior Emma Laaksonen returns to the Buckeye bench this weekend, after competing for Team Finland in the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Skovde, Sweden. Team Finland earned the bronze medal in the four day competition.

GLASER IN GOAL
Junior goaltender Melissa Glaser has started all six for the Buckeyes this season. The Illinois native has tallied 162 saves. Last time out vs. Wisconsin, Glaser led the Buckeyes defensive unit as she recorded 63 saves in the two-game series in Madison.

SHOTS LEADER
Freshman Tessa Bonhomme is leading OSU with 20 shots this season.

A COINCIDENCE
In all three Friday contests this season, OSU has scored the first goal of the game. The Buckeyes are 1-2 in Friday games.

FIRST CAREER GOALS
Two Buckeyes scored their first career goals against Wisconsin. Junior Jaclyn Haines scored the Buckeyes’ second goal and freshman Tessa Bonhomme scored the game-winning goal in the contest Nov. 1.

INTERNATIONAL WCHA PLAYERS
The WCHA has many top competitors from around the nation and even internationally. Thirteen players from the league participated in the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Sweden last weekend.

Team USA, which won the gold medal, consisted of Julianne Vasichek(Minnesota-Duluth), Lyndsay Wall (Minnesota), Kerry Weiland (Wisconsin), Natalie Darwitz (Minnesota), Jenny Potter (Minnesota-Duluth), Kelly Stephens (Minnesota) and Krissy Wendell (Minnesota).

Team Canada captured silver with – Caroline Ouellette (Minnesota-Duluth) and Cara MacLeod (Wisconsin).

Members of the bronze medal winning team from Finland included Emma Laaksonen (Ohio State), Nora Tallus (Minnesota-Duluth), Suvi Vacker (Minnesota-Duluth) and Satu Kiipeli (Minnesota-Duluth).

TOUGH COMPETITION
Ohio State faced three of the Top 6 teams in the nation the first three weekends out. After falling in the first four games of the season, the Buckeyes were able to gain confidence as they upset then-No. 6 Wisconsin, 3-2, Nov. 1.

WCHA ROUND-UP
The only WCHA series over the weekend was a Wisconsin sweep over Bemidji State. Minnesota State split a non-conference road series with North Dakota.

The conference games this weekend include Ohio State traveling to St. Cloud State and Wisconsin at Minnesota State.

In nonconference action, Minnesota-Duluth hosts North Dakota and Minnesota travels to Brown.

DID YOU KNOW?
The 2003-04 Ohio State captains are senior Erin O’Grady and junior Meaghan Mulvaney. The alternate captains are seniors Jeanne Chapple and Emma Laaksonen.

HATS OFF TO MULVANEY
Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her performance as she recorded two consecutive hat tricks to lead the Buckeyes to a sweep over Toronto in exhibition action Oct. 10-11. The junior captain scored one even strength and two power-play goals in the 5-2 victory Oct. 10. The Ohio native duplicated her success Oct. 11, as she tallied one power-play and two even strength goals. Mulvaney posted 13 shots and finished +4 on the weekend.

CREARY COMPETED AT FESTIVAL
Forward Jeni 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 which was the first year for this camp and believed to be the largest camp ever. Coaches and scouts were on hand to see how the players reacted to playing in a competitive environment.

Creary competed for Team Wilson under head coach Ken Dufton of the Toronto Aeros. The group of players were divided into three teams, which were named in honor of Canada’s first three World Championship captains – Team Scherer, Team St-Louis and Team Wilson.

THE SCHEDULE
The Buckeyes are on the road this weekend as they face St. Cloud State, before returning home for two consecutive weekends. The toughest part of the schedule might be competing on the road for four consecutive weekends in January and February. The Buckeyes play every WCHA team four times during the season, a two-game trip on the road and with a two-game series at home.

In nonconference action, OSU faces Niagara, Quinnipiac and Mercyhurst for the first time in the four-year history of the program. The team travels to Erie, Pa., to take on Mercyhurst. The teams faced off for the first time last season, with an OSU loss 2-1. 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 two week homestand, taking on the Bemidji State Beavers Nov. 21-22 and the Niagara Purple Eagles Nov. 29-30 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes’ final series before the holiday break is at Northeastern Dec. 12-13.

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.