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Feb. 1, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (12-12-2 overall; 9-12-1 WCHA) is set to face off against Bemidji State (6-18-2 overall; 2-17-2 WCHA) at 3:05 p.m. EST Friday and Saturday at John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn.

The Buckeyes are two games into an eight-game road stretch. OSU has Wisconsin and Niagara on the slate.

Scouting Bemidji State
Bemidji State enters the weekend 6-18-2 overall and 2-17-1 in the WCHA. The Beavers only sweep of the season was against Wayne State. BSU also has wins over Mercyhurst, North Dakota, Cornell and St. Cloud State.

Leading the Beavers with 20 points this season is sophomore forward Kelly Hart, who has six goals and 14 assists. Sophomore forward Kate Robinson is at the top of the list with nine goals followed by freshman forward Tara Hiscock. All five Beavers that have recorded double-digits this season are underclassmen. The squad is comprised of three seniors, 10 juniors, six sophomores and seven freshmen.

Junior Jill Luebke and freshman Emily Brookshaw are spliting time in net for BSU. Luebke has a 4.00 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage in 17 games. Brookshaw has a 2.85 goal-against average and a .908 save percentage in 13 games.

Beavers Head Coach
Now in his third season at the helm of the women’s hockey program, Bruce Olson has recorded a 16-54-0 overall record an 11-45-8 record in the WCHA. Prior to BSU, Olson had a successful career at the high school level for 23 years.

Buckeyes vs. Beavers
This weekend marks the second series between the teams this season. Earlier this year, the Buckeyes swept BSU in Columbus. Ohio State leads the all-time series 14-7-3 vs. Bemidji State. The Buckeyes trail 3-5-2 in games held in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

Last Time Out vs. Bemidji State
Ohio State earned its first sweep of the season when the Buckeyes defeated Bemidji State in a two-game home series Nov. 19-21, 2004. OSU downed BSU 4-1 (Nov. 19) and topped the Beavers 4-2 (Nov. 21).

Jana Harrigan received WCHA Offensive Player of the week for leading the Buckeyes with six points vs. BSU. Harrigan had a hand in six of the eight Buckeye goals (2-4).

Vs. The Beavers This Season
In the first series between OSU and BSU this season, the Buckeyes posted eight goals and 11 assists to the Beavers three goals and five assists.

Seven Buckeyes tallied points in the two-game home series. OSU junior Jana Harrigan led the squad with six points (2-4-6). Senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney scored three goals, including both OSU power-play goals.

Gotta Love Overtime
Five games between Ohio State and Bemidji State have gone into overtime in the 24 game all-time series. Three of the five have taken place in Bemidji, Minn. The Buckeyes are 1-1-3 in overtime against the Beavers.

Last Time Out
Ohio State earned one conference point as the Buckeyes lost and tied St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn. OSU fell 4-2 Jan. 28 and tied SCSU 2-2 in overtime Jan. 29. The Buckeye penalty-kill held St. Cloud State scoreless on 5-of-6 power plays on the weekend.

Sophomore defenseman Tessa Bonhomme led the Buckeye squad with two goals vs. SCSU. Senior Jeni Creary recorded the game-tying goal and had an assist Jan. 29.

Bring on the Points
Seven Buckeyes posted points on the SCSU weekend, including three players which recorded two points each – Tessa Bonhomme (2-0-2), Jeni Creary (1-1-2) and Jana Harrigan (0-2-2).

Only Two
Ohio State’s two penalties in game one vs. SCSU Jan. 28 marked the fewest the team has recorded this season.

This year, the Buckeyes have recorded 165 penalties for 338 minutes. OSU is ranked 21st in the nation averaging 13 penalties per game.

In Net for OSU
Sophomore Erika Vanderveer and senior Melissa Glaser split the series in net vs. St. Cloud State last weekend. Glaser recorded a .947 save percentage and 1.85 goals-against average. Vanderveer recorded a .879 save percentage.

Ten Games and Counting
After recording two assists vs. St. Cloud State last weekend, junior Jana Harrigan extended her point streak to 10 games (4-12-16). During the stretch Harrigan has posted four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

This season, Harrigan leads the squad with 40 points and 25 assists, topping her previous season-high 31 points set as a sophomore.

On A Roll
OSU’s leading goal scorer Jeni Creary recorded the game-tying goal and an assist (Jan. 29) vs. SCSU and continues to lead the Buckeyes with 18 goals this season. Creary is second on the team with 29 points.

Points on the Road
Jeni Creary is averaging a point a game on the road this season. In 10 road games, Creary leads the squad with nine goals and 10 points. Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes in points (13) and assists (10) on the road.

The Difference Maker
Game two of a series could be the difference maker for the Buckeyes the rest of the season. So far this season, OSU is 8-4-1 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 4-8-1.

Nearing the Top
Four Ohio State players are gaining on the top players in the country in several categories this season. Jana Harrigan is 21st in the nation averaging 1.54 points per game. She also is ninth averaging 1.04 assists per game.

Jeni Creary is 17th in the nation averaging .69 goals per game and is tied for third with 11 power-play goals this season, just one short of first in the nation.

Two Buckeye sophomore defensemen are ranked this week. Tessa Bonhomme is sixth averaging 1.00 points per game among defensemen and Amber Bowman is 15th averaging .58 points.

Getting Close
With her 40 points this season, junior Jana Harrigan moved up in the Ohio State record books to second with 99 career points, tied with 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 130 career points.

Keep your eye on the Buckeye PP
Ohio State’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation with an 17.5 percent success rate (25-of-143).

On The Sixth Day
The Buckeyes are 7-4-2 in games played on Saturday, but are 2-7 on Fridays. OSU is 3-1 on Sundays.

Early Risers
Ohio State has posted a 6-3-2 record in games starting before 5 p.m. this season. The Buckeyes are 6-7-0 in late games.

Play Makers on the Power Play
Five Buckeyes have tallied 10 or more points on the power play this season. Jana Harrigan leads the pack with 16 points, on four goals and 12 assists. Senior Jeni Creary is second with 14 points (11-3) this season. Followed by Meaghan Mulvaney (5-7) with 12 points, Tessa Bonhomme (3-10) with 13 points and Amber Bowman has tallied 11 points (2-9) on the power play this season.

Double Digit Leaders
Twenty-six games into the season, five Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 40 points, while Jeni Creary has 29. Tessa Bonhomme moved up to 21 points last weekend, while Meaghan Mulvaney has 19 and Amber Bowman has 14.

Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 53 points this season. The group of five players has combined for 29 goals and 24 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 47 points (17-30). The sophomores have tallied 41 points (13-28), while the freshmen have 25 points (8-17).

Points All Around
Sixteen of 18 skaters have tallied points 26 games into the season. Fifteen of the 16 have scored at least one goal.

Six of the 14 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (1-8-9), Lisa Chesson (2-4-6), Jody Heywood (2-1-3), Pamela Patterson (1-2-3), Shelby Aldous (1-1-2) and Erin Keys (1-1-2).

Multiple-Point Leader
Junior Jana Harrigan and senior Jeni Creary lead the Buckeyes with 10 multiple-point games this season. Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme has tallied six multiple-point games 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 154-160-28 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 29 points to improve her career mark to 130 points (75-55).

Jeni Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (130), goals (75), power-play goals (35) and game-winning goals (14).

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

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.

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 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 takes on No. 4 Wisconsin at 8:05 p.m. EST Feb. 4-5 in Madison, Wis. The game Feb. 4 will be televised nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV).