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Jan. 5, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team opens 2005 on a six-game homestand beginning with No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.

USCHO.com Game of the Week
Both Ohio State games this weekend will be broadcast on USCHO.com. Fans will be able to access the live game feed through the broadcast schedule at www.uscho.com/women.

Brian Schultz will be providing the play-by-play and Ohio State alumna April Stojak will provide color commentary.

Scouting No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth
Minnesota-Duluth (13-1-2; 11-1-2 WCHA) enters this weekend on a seven-game unbeaten streak. The Bulldogs tied Minnesota Nov. 20 and swept Ohio State (Nov. 26-27), Harvard (Dec. 4-5) and St. Cloud State (Dec. 11-12) before going on a three-week break for the holiday season. UMD’s only loss this season has come against Minnesota.

Senior forward Caroline Ouellette leads the Bulldogs with 37 points (13-24) this season. UMD’s leading scorer with 16 goals is sophomore forward Noemie Marin, who has posted 28 points. Third in line with 19 points is sophomore Jessica Koizumi. The trio of Ouellette, Marin and Koizumi have combined for 84 points this season, half of the Bulldogs’ total points.

Riitta Schaublin leads Minnesota-Duluth in net this season. The sophomore has recorded a 1.37 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. Schaublin has compiled an 11-1-1 record and four shutouts this season.

Bulldogs Head Coach
Shannon Miller has led Minnesota-Duluth to three consecutive NCAA championship titles (2001, 2002, 2003) in only four years at the helm. Miller has compiled a 128-31-15 record in five seasons.

Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs will be meeting for the 27th and 28th times in history. Minnesota-Duluth leads the all-time series 22-2-2. Earlier this season OSU fell in a two-game series in Duluth.

Last season, OSU recorded its first victory over UMD in Duluth. The Buckeyes split a two-game series against UMD Feb. 6-7, 2004. OSU defeated UMD 4-3 in game one and fell 4-1 in the second game.

Buckeyes vs. WCHA
Ohio State holds a 52-69-14 record against WCHA teams all-time. This season marks the sixth year OSU has been a member of the WCHA and the Buckeyes are 9-7-0 in league action.

Last Time vs. UMD
Ohio State was swept by then-No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, Minn. OSU lost 5-2 Nov. 26. Despite both teams tallying 43 shots a piece, OSU suffered a 6-1 loss Nov. 27.

Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme led the Buckeyes in game one as she recorded a goal and an assist. Jana Harrigan contributed two assists. In game two freshman Erin Keys scored her first collegiate goal.

The Buckeyes had a season high 43 shots Nov. 27 vs. Minnesota-Duluth, topping OSU’s previous season high of 38 shots set Nov. 14 vs. Northeastern.

Stopped in Their Tracks
Both Jana Harrigan and Jeni Creary’s six-game point streaks had halted by Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 27. Both marked the longest by a Buckeye this season. Over the course of that six-game stretch, Harrigan recorded 13 points, while Creary tallied 10.

Last Time Out
Ohio State swept North Dakota Dec. 11-12 in the OSU Ice Rink. OSU topped UND 3-1 in game one and followed with a repeat 3-1 performance in game two. Two forwards led the Buckeyes with four points each – senior Jeni Creary (1-3-4) and junior Jana Harrigan (0-4-4). With the sweep, OSU goalie Melissa Glaser improved her record to 5-5-0 this season and has started the last three games in net for the Buckeyes.

League Honors
Senior forward Jeni Creary was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Buckeyes in their sweep over North Dakota Dec. 11-12. Creary had a hand in four of the six Buckeye goals including the gamewinner Dec. 11. In addition, Creary also helped the Buckeye penalty kill hold North Dakota scoreless on all 10 power-play chances on the weekend.

Home Ice Advantage
The Buckeyes are on a seven-game unbeaten streak in the OSU Ice Rink this season. OSU has posted a 7-2-1 home record this season.

Points in the Rink
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 17 points in the OSU Ice Rink this season. Second in command is senior Jeni Creary with 14 points. Both Harrigan and Creary have each scored six goals on their home ice.

Goalie Erika Vanderveer has an unblemished 3-0-1 record and has compiled a .98 goals-against average on home ice. Melissa Glaser is 4-2-0 at home this season with a .912 save percentage.

Nearing the Top
Four Ohio State players are closing in on the top players in the country in several categories this season. Jana Harrigan is ranked 12th averaging 1.06 assists per game and is 16th averaging 1.56 points per game. Jeni Creary is tied for 11th averaging .78 goals per game, while sophomore Amber Bowman is 10th averaging .78 points per game among defensemen.

Moving On Up
Ohio State’s power play moved up one spot on the boards to eighth in the nation with a 19.8 percent success rate (20-of-101).

Play Makers on the Power Play
Four Buckeyes have tallied 10 or more points on the power play this season. Jana Harrigan leads the pack with 12 points on three goals and nine assists. Not far behind with 11 points is Jeni Creary (9-2). Sophomore defensemen Tessa Bonhomme and Amber Bowman both have tallied 10 points (2-8) on the power play this season.

Trio at the Top
Ohio State’s top line of Jana Harrigan, Mallory Peckels and Jeni Creary have combined for 58 points, almost half of the team’s total 118 points this season.

Double Digit Leaders
Twelve games into the season, five Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 28 points, while Jeni Creary has 22. Meaghan Mulvaney recorded 15 points. Amber Bowman and Tessa Bonhomme are not far behind with 13 points.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 41 points this season. The group has combined for 22 goals and 19 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 32 points (11-21). The sophomores have tallied 28 points (8-20), while the freshmen have 17 points (6-11).

Points All Around
Fifteen of 18 skaters have tallied points 16 games into the season. Fourteen of the 15 have scored at least one goal.

Five of the 14 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (1-7-8), Jody Heywood (2-1-3), Shelby Aldous (1-1-2), Lisa Chesson (1-1-2) and Erin Keys (1-1-2).

Quadruple Leader
Senior assistant captain Jeni Creary leads Ohio State in four categories this season – goals (14), power-play goals (9), game-winning goals (4) and shots (90).

Creary also has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (123), goals (71), power-play goals (33), and game-winning goals (14).

On the Sixth Day
The Buckeyes are 6-2-1 in games played on Saturday, but is 1-4-0 on Fridays. OSU is 3-1-0 in Sundays.

Multiple-Point Leader
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the pack with eight multiple-point games this season.

Not far behind with seven is senior Jeni Creary. Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme has five, while senior Meaghan Mulvaney has tallied four.

Career Mark Set
Head coach Jackie Barto set a career mark Nov. 21, as she earned her 150 career win. In 11 seasons as a head coach, Barto has a 152-154-27 career record.

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

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.

International Contender
Defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was one of 20 players representing Canada in the 2004 Four Nations Cup Nov. 10-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye to be selected to compete for the Canadian National Team and the second Ohio State player to participate in the round-robin tournament. Former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) competed for Finland in the Four Nations Cup all four years of her Ohio State career.

The Canadian roster announcement followed the seven-day Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 4-10 in Kitchener, Ontario, and represented the first step in an ongoing evaluation process for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

OSU’s Bonhomme made her presence felt at the Canada Thanksgiving 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.

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 eight points to improve her career mark to 118 points (69-49).

Postseason Action
The WCHA has expanded to an eight-team championship this season, which will be held March 3-7 at Ridder Arena, the site of the 2005 WCHA Final Five, 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 will appear on the internet seven times this season between USCHO.com and The Underground. The following is the broadcast schedule as of Oct. 20:

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 continues its home stretch as the Buckeyes play host to non-conference opponent Yale at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 14 and 4:05 p.m. Jan. 15 in the OSU Ice Rink.