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Feb. 8, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (14-12-2 overall; 11-12-1 WCHA) takes on the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (20-7-1 overall; 14-7-1 WCHA) at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

The Buckeyes have completed four games of an eight-game road stretch, posting an 2-1-1 record. A road series at Niagara remains on the slate.

The Broadcast
The game Friday will be televised live by CSTV: College Sports Television. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Ellen Weinberg (analysis) will call the action.

Live stats from the game can be accessed at uwbadgers.com.

Scouting No. 4 Wisconsin
Wisconsin enters this weekend 20-7-1 overall and is third in the WCHA with a 14-7-1 record. The Badgers are six points ahead of Ohio State in the conference standings with six games to play. UW is coming off a home sweep over Minnesota State last weekend. UW has lost three games to Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth and one to Ohio State.

Leading the Badgers with 40 points and 20 goals this season is sophomore Sara Bauer, who is tied for 17th in the nation with OSU’s Jeni Creary, averaging .71 goals per game. Second and third on the squad are sophomore Lindsay Macy and junior Nikki Burish with 31 and 30 points, respectively. Twelve Badgers have tallied double-digit points this season.

Junior Meghan Horras leads Wisconsin in net averaging a .924 save percentage and a 1.58 goals-against average with a 13-5-1 record. Sophomore goalie Christine Dufour has seen action in nine games this season, posting a 7-2 record, tallying a .955 save percentage and a .78 gaa.

Badgers Head Coach
Now in his third season at the helm of the women’s hockey program, Mark Johnson has recorded a 67-21-9 record and an 46-18-6 record in the WCHA. He was named the 2003 WCHA Co-Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year in only his first year.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers
The series this weekend marks the second meeting between the teams this season. Earlier this year, the Buckeyes split a home series with the Badgers. Wisconsin leads the all-time series 17-3-5 and 7-1-2 in Madison. Ohio State’s lone win in Madison came last season (Nov. 1, 2003) when the Buckeyes took an early 3-1 in the first two periods to upset the then-No. 6 Badgers, 3-2.

Ohio State at the Kohl Center
The Buckeyes have competed in two games and posted a 1-1 record at the Kohl Center in the six-year history between the teams. The first two games between OSU and UW in Madison were held at the Dane County Coliseum. Six contests were played at the Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis.

Last Time Out vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State split a home series against then-No. 4 Wisconsin Oct. 22-23. The Buckeyes fell 2-0 in game one and came back to upset the then-No. 4 Badgers 3-1 in game two.

The Buckeyes held the Badgers scoreless on 9-of-10 power-play chances in the series, including stopping UW on all five opportunities in game two.

OSU has split its first series of a season vs. UW for two consecutive years. The Ohio State victory Oct. 23 marked the Buckeyes’ third win and first home win over Wisconsin in the six-year history of the program.

Tessa Bonhomme and Jeni Creary each earned player of the week honors for their performances. Bonhomme was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week, while Creary picked up WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Vs. The Badgers this Season
In the first series between OSU and UW this season, both teams recorded three goals each, while the Badgers outshot the Buckeyes 66 to 33.

Six Buckeyes tallied points in the two-game home series. OSU senior Jeni Creary led the squad with two goals. Sophomore defenseman Amber Bowman scored the game-winning goal and tallied an assist. Four players recorded assists – Tessa Bonhomme, Jana Harrigan, Meaghan Mulvaney and Mallory Peckels.

Gotta Love Overtime
Seven games between Ohio State and Wisconsin have gone into overtime in the 25 game all-time series, marking the most OTs for the Buckeyes vs. an opponent. Three of the seven have taken place in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes are 0-2-5 in overtime against the Badgers.

Last Time Out
Ohio State earned four conference points as the Buckeyes swept Bemidji State for the first time in program history. Despite being outshot 73-61, OSU downed BSU, 5-1, Feb. 4 and 4-3, Feb. 5. The Buckeye penalty-killing unit held Bemidji State scoreless on all seven power-play attempts on the weekend.

Three Buckeyes recorded four points each in the sweep over the Beavers. Senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney led the squad with three goals, including the gamewinner Feb. 4, and an assist. Senior Jeni Creary (2-2-4) and sophomore Amber Bowman (1-3-4) also tallied four points.

Junior forward Katie Sershen scored her first collegiate goal and marked her sixth career point in game one Feb. 4.

League Honors
Sophomore Amber Bowman was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for leading the Buckeyes in their first road sweep over Bemidji State last weekend, the league announced Feb. 7.

Bowman recorded a four-point weekend, marking her best performance this season. In game one, Bowman assisted on two goals, including the gamewinner, in the 5-1 victory Feb. 4. She then scored the game-winning goal and recorded a helper in the 4-3 victory Feb. 5. Bowman also played a key role in Ohio State’s power play and penalty kill, which held Bemidji State scoreless on all seven power-play chances in the series.

This season, Bowman is fifth on the Buckeye squad with 18 points, on four goals and 14 assists.

Second & Third Hear Us Roar
Six of Ohio State’s nine goals against Bemidji State were scored in the second period. The other three goals were scored in the third period.

This season, 56 of OSU’s 76 goals have come in the second (27) and third (29) periods.

Bring on the Points
Ten Buckeyes posted points vs. Bemidji State, including three players who recorded four points each – Meaghan Mulvaney (3-1-4), Jeni Creary (2-2-4) and Amber Bowman (1-3-4).

Twelve Games and Counting
After recording two points vs. Bemidji State last weekend, junior Jana Harrigan extended her point streak to 12 games. During the stretch Harrigan has posted five goals and 13 assists for 18 points.

This season, Harrigan leads the squad with 42 points and 28 assists, topping her previous season-high of 31 points set as a sophomore.

Defending Canada
Sophomore defenseman Tessa Bonhomme will not be in the Buckeye lineup this weekend as she is competing for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team at the 2005 European Air Canada Cup Feb. 10-12 in Duisburg, Germany. Canada will compete against Finland, Switzerland and Germany. The series vs. Wisconsin will mark 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 in 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 12 road games, Harrigan leads the squad with 15 points and 11 assists. Creary is the leading goal scorer with 11 for 14 points on the road.

Tessa Bonhomme and Meaghan Mulvaney each have 10 points on the road.

Buckeye Milestone
Junior Jana Harrigan recorded her 100th career point Feb. 4 as she assisted on a goal in the 5-1 victory over Bemidji State. Harrigan added to her mark, scoring her 43rd career goal Feb. 5. She is ranked second in the Ohio State record books with 101 career points, two 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 134 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 9-4-1 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 5-8-1.

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 10th averaging 1.00 assists per game.

Jeni Creary is tied for 17th in the nation averaging .71 goals per game and is tied for third with 12 power-play goals this season, two short of first in the nation.

Two Buckeye sophomore defensemen are ranked this week. Tessa Bonhomme is sixth averaging .96 points per game among defensemen and Amber Bowman is 15th averaging .68 points.

Keep your eye on the Buckeye PP
OSU’s power play is ranked eighth in the nation with an 18.1 percent success rate (27-of-149).

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. Jeni Creary and Jana Harrigan lead the pack with 16 points each. Creary has 12 goals and four assists, while Harrigan has four goals and 12 assists. They are followed by Tessa Bonhomme (3-11) with 14 points and Meaghan Mulvaney (6-7) and Amber Bowman (2-11) with 13 points.

Double Digit Leaders
Twenty-eight games into the season, six Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 42 points, while Jeni Creary has 33. Meaghan Mulvaney moved up to 23 points last weekend. Tessa Bonhomme has 22, Amber Bowman with 18 and freshman Mallory Peckels has 11.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 62 points this season. The group of five players has combined for 34 goals and 28 assists. Not far behind are the three juniors with 51 points (20-31). The sophomores have tallied 46 points (14-32), while the freshmen have 28 points (8-20).

Points All Around
Seventeen of 18 skaters have tallied points 28 games into the season. Sixteen of the 17 have scored at least one goal.

Six of the 17 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (1-10-11), Lisa Chesson (2-4-6), Jody Heywood (2-1-3), Pamela Patterson (1-2-3), Erin Keys (1-2-3) and Shelby Aldous (1-1-2).

Multiple-Point Leader
Senior Jeni Creary leads the Buckeyes with 11 multiple-point games this season. Junior Jana Harrigan has 10 multiple-point games and 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 156-160-28 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 33 points to improve her career mark to 134 points (77-57).

Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (134), goals (77), power-play goals (36) 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, the site of the 2005 WCHA Championships, 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 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 completes its eight-game road stretch when the Buckeyes travel to face College Hockey America foe Niagara at 7 p.m. EST Feb. 18-19 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.