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Dec. 9, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team returns to action to close out 2004 vs. North Dakota at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sunday at the OSU Ice Rink.

Scouting North Dakota
North Dakota (6-10-2; 4-9-1 WCHA) enters this weekend on a four-game unbeaten streak. The Fighting Sioux swept Quinnipiac (Nov. 26-27) and went 1-0-1 against Minnesota State last weekend. Earlier this season, UND split with both St. Cloud State and Bemidji State.

Freshman twins Cami and Cara Wooster lead the Fighting Sioux with 18 points each. Cami heads up UND with 10 goals, while Cara leads the pack with 10 assists. Junior Elizabeth Funk is not far behind with 15 points (6-9).

Junior Amber Hasbargen leads UND in net this season. Hasbargen has a 4.23 goals-against average and an .856 save percentage, while compiling a 3-6-1 record. Junior Margaret-Ann Hinkley also has seen playing time, with a 1-3-1 record she has a 4.64 GAA and an .840 save percentage this season.

UND Head Coach
Shantel Rivard is in her third season as head coach of the Fighting Sioux. She has compiled a 26-28-2 record in two seasons, including a program-best 16-14-2 mark in 2003-04. Prior to UND, Rivard served as an assistant coach at Maine for five years.

Buckeyes vs. Fighting Sioux
The Buckeyes and Fighting Sioux will be meeting for only the third and fourth times in program history. OSU and UND are tied at 1-1-0 all-time. The teams met for the first time earlier this season in Grand Forks.

Last Time vs. UND
Ohio State split a two-game road series vs. North Dakota Oct. 29-30 in Grand Forks, N.D. Game one was a back and forth battle for the lead, but UND scored the first and last goals of the game to defeat OSU 5-4 in overtime. Game two was just the opposite, the Buckeyes scored the first and final goals to top the Fighting Sioux, 5-4.

Record Setting Series
In Ohio State’s first series vs. North Dakota, the Buckeyes had a lot to cheer about.

Eleven Buckeyes recorded points between the two games, marking a first this season.

OSU set four season highs until that point in the season for most points (12), goals (5), assists (7) and shots (35).

Also, four Buckeyes recorded their first points of the season.

Vs. the Fighting Sioux
Ohio State junior Jana Harrigan leads the squad with five points against UND. Senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney heads up the assists category and second on the team with four points. Two Buckeyes, Jeni Creary and Tessa Bonhomme are tied with two points each.

Buckeyes vs. WCHA
Ohio State holds a 50-69-14 record against WCHA teams all-time. This season marks the sixth year OSU has been a member of the WCHA and the Buckeyes are 7-7-0 in league action.

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 (18-of-91).

Home Ice Advantage
Ohio State has capitalized on its home advantage several times this season, as the Buckeyes are on a five-game unbeaten streak in the OSU Ice Rink. OSU has posted a 5-2-1 home record this season.

Also on their home ice, the Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents by seven goals. OSU is holding its opposition to just four power play goals on 35 chances (88.5 percent).

Points in the Rink
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 13 points and six goals in the OSU Ice Rink this season. Second in command is senior Jeni Creary with 10 points.

Goalie Erika Vanderveer has an unblemished 3-0-1 record and has compiled a .98 goals -against average on home ice.

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 14th averaging .94 assists per game and is tied for 17th averaging 1.50 points per game.

Jeni Creary is 13th averaging .81 goals per game, while sophomore Amber Bowman broke through the Top 10 at ninth averaging .75 points per game among defensemen.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes are coming off a bye weekend. In OSU’s last time on the ice, the team fell to No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth in a road series. OSU lost 5-2 in the first game 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. Freshman Erin Keys scored her first collegiate goal in game two.

Shots, Shots & More Shots
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 were halted by Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 27. Harrigan and Creary were tied for the longest streak by a Buckeye this season. Over the course of their six-game stretch, Harrigan recorded 13 points, while Creary tallied 10.

Trio at the Top
Ohio State’s top line of Jana Harrigan, Mallory Peckels and Jeni Creary have combined for 49 points, almost half of the team’s total 100 points this season.

Scoring Sensation
Senior Jeni Creary is tied for 12th in the nation averaging .81 goals per game this season. She is tied for third averaging .50 power-play goals per game, with eight in 16 games. Creary has recorded 13 goals in 16 games for the Buckeyes 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 24 points, while Jeni Creary has 18. Meaghan Mulvaney recorded 13 points. Amber Bowman and Tessa Bonhomme are not far behind with 11 points.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 34 points this season. The group has combined for 20 goals and 14 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 27 points (11-16). The sophomores have tallied 24 points (5-19), while the freshmen have 15 points (5-10).

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 (1-6-7), Jody Heywood (1-1-2), 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 (13), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (3) and shots (83).

Creary also has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (119), goals (70), power-play goals (32), and game-winning goals (13).

On the Sixth Day
The Buckeyes are 5-2-1 in games played on Saturday, but is 1-4-0 on Fridays. OSU is 2-1-0 in Sundays.

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

Not far behind with five is senior Jeni Creary. Senior Meaghan Mulvaney and sophomore Tessa Bonhomme have 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 150-154-27 career record.

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

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

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.

USCHO.com Game of the Week
Beginning in November, USCHO.com will present the first-ever national game of the week internet broadcast for women’s hockey. Fans will be able to access the live game feeds through the broadcast schedule at www.uscho.com/women.

Two Ohio State games are included in the 21 regular-season schedule, which spreads across the four Division I conferences.

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 goes on a three week hiatus for the holiday season. The Buckeyes open 2005 with a home series against Minnesota-Duluth at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 7-8 in Columbus.