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Buckeyes hold “Stock the Shelves” toiletry drive for Community Kitchen, Inc. both Friday and Saturday
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team will play in the OSU Ice Rink for the final time this season when it hosts Minnesota State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, Feb. 20-21. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday and admission is free. Prior to the second game, the Buckeyes will honor their five senior members. Following that game “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will be held.
    The Buckeyes (8-21-3, 6-18-2-2 WCHA) are looking to rebound after dropping a two-game series at No. 3/4 Minnesota Duluth last weekend by scores of 4-1 and 7-2. Minnesota State (8-17-5, 5-16-5-2 WCHA) is a point ahead of OSU in the conference standings after taking No. 2 Wisconsin to a shootout last Saturday after a 3-3 tie. The Mavericks fell in the first game, 8-1.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
    Live scoring for the Ohio State-Minnesota State series will be available on the Buckeyes’ official athletics site at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to the games are available on the women’s hockey schedule page.

GIVING BACK
    The Ohio State women’s hockey team is hosting a toiletry drive to “Stock the Shelves” at Community Kitchen, Inc. both Friday and Saturday of the Minnesota State series. The Buckeyes will have bins for collecting items such as shampoo and conditioner, razors and shaving cream, combs and brushes, foot powder, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, lotions and baby care needs.
    Community Kitchen, Inc. is a local non-profit located at 640 South Ohio Ave. in Columbus. Help the Buckeyes help those in need and thank you in advance for your support!

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
    The Buckeyes remain in seventh place with 16 points in the WCHA standings. They trail sixth-place Minnesota State by a point and are ahead of eighth-place Bemidji State by five points. The OSU special teams are operating at 12.2 percent on the power play and 78.2 percent on the penalty kill.
    Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Laura McIntosh with a team-high 35 points and 27 assists. Fellow rookie forward Natalie Spooner is second with 29 points, including a Buckeye-best 20 goals. Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen is third with 28 points (12g, 16a).
    The OSU net has been patrolled by senior Liana Bonanno and sophomore Deidre Facklis the majority of the season. Bonanno, who has started nine of the last 10 games, is 7-16-2 with a 3.72 GAA and .893 save percentage. Facklis has a 1-4-1 record, 6.61 GAA and .842 save percentage in her 10 appearances.

OHIO STATE VS. MINNESOTA STATE
    The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Mavericks by a 33-5-4 record, including a 7-2-1 mark in the last 10 meetings. Ohio State is 16-2-2 against Minnesota State at home in the OSU Ice Rink. Senior forward Hayley Klassen has scored 26 percent of her career points against Minnesota State (24-of-91), including six points on two goals and four assists with the teams last met (Dec. 12-13).

A LOT ON THE LINE
    This weekend, the WCHA will be looking to the Buckeye-Maverick series to clarify the conference’s first-round playoff scenarios. Sixth-place Minnesota State enters with a one-point lead in the WCHA standings over the Buckeyes, but OSU was 1-0-1 against the Mavericks in an earlier series this season. A sweep by Ohio State would put them in sixth place.
    The Mavericks also trail fifth-place North Dakota by four points and could move into a share of fifth with a sweep over the Buckeyes and a Minnesota Duluth sweep over North Dakota. In that event, Minnesota State would win a tie-breaker for playoff seeding vs. UND on the basis of a 2-0-2 record in head-to-head competition.

WHEN LAST WE MET
    Ohio State closed out the first half of its season by taking four points from Minnesota State, Dec. 12-13 in Mankato, Minn. The Buckeyes had a 6-5 win Friday and a 6-5 SO win Saturday. Sophomore goaltender Deidre Facklis started both games of a road series for the first time in her career. She made a total of 71 saves against Minnesota State, including 38 in game two.
    Rookie Kim Theut gave the Buckeyes the win in game one, scoring with 59 seconds remaining in the third period. In game two, it was a back-and-forth contest with the teams tied four times. The Mavericks evened the score for the last time at 5-all with a 6-on-4 goal with 8.5 seconds remaining in the game. The teams played to a scoreless overtime forcing Ohio State to its first shootout. In the shootout, sophomore Jenna Kilpatrick scored in the ninth round to give Ohio State two points.
    Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen led the Buckeyes in game two with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Linemates Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh had a goal and two assists each. For the series, the line of Klassen (2g, 4a), McIntosh (2g, 3a) and Spooner (5g, 2a) combined for 18 points.

FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED WCHA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
    Senior Liana Bonanno, juniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque and sophomore Jenna Kilpatrick were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Thursday. It was the third time Bonanno received the award, second for Davis and LaRocque and first for Kilpatrick.
    This is the fourth year of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award. To earn the honor, student-athletes must be in their sophomore year of school and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Student-athletes may also qualify if their overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at their institution.

TONNESSEN HONORED AT BLUE JACKETS GAME
    As part of the National Hockey League’s month-long “Hockey is for Everyone” celebration, Michele Tonnessen lined up with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the national anthem Monday night at Nationwide Arena before they faced the Dallas Stars. The junior forward also did an interview during the first intermission with Buckeye alum Bill Davidge of the Blue Jacket’s radio broadcast.
    Tonnessen, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, was honored as the only central Ohio native currently on the Buckeye roster. She is a product of Gahanna Lincoln High School and also played with the Ohio Flames. Tonnessen grew up watching the Ohio State women’s hockey team, now in its 10th season, and dreamed of someday wearing the Scarlet and Gray sweater. She notes that the best thing about being a Buckeye is “being able to represent my home state of Ohio.”

MAC ATTACK
    Laura McIntosh is climbing two Buckeye records this season. Her 27 assists are tied for fourth in the Ohio State single-season records. Her 27 helpers are tied for the most by OSU rookie (along with Kelli Halcisak in 2000-01). The Waterloo, Ontario, native is fourth in scoring by a Buckeye freshman with 35 points and three points shy of tying former All-American Emma Laaksonen for third.

QUITE A PAIR
    Freshman forwards Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner rank among the best overall in the WCHA. McIntosh is sixth in assists with 27, while Spooner is tied for seventh in goals with 20. In freshman scoring, McIntosh is fourth with 35 points, just ahead of Spooner sixth with 29.
    In the NCAA, Spooner is sixth in freshman scoring with 1.12 points per game, followed by McIntosh in eighth with 1.09.

… AND COUNTING
    Rookie Natalie Spooner is tied for seventh with 20 goals in the OSU single-season record books. She scored three goals against North Dakota (Feb. 6-7) to become just the fifth Buckeye to reach the 20-goal mark in a season, joining Jeni Creary (three times), Erin Keys (twice), and once each for Jana Harrigan and Shana Frost. Spooner and Creary are the only two Buckeyes to score 20 or more goals as rookies.

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
    Laura McIntosh leads the Buckeyes in points with 35 and has recorded all but four of them against Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents. She is tied for ninth in points in WCHA games only with 31and her 24 assists against league teams is fourth.

2-FOR-2
    This season, the WCHA introduced a shootout format to determine the winner of tied overtime games. After not playing in one during their first 13 conference games of the season, the Buckeyes have participated in shootouts twice in their last seven league games and have won both by scores of 1-0.
    OSU’s first shootout came at Minnesota State (Dec. 13) to settle a 5-5 tie, with sophomore Jenna Kilpatrick netting the winner in nine rounds. Last weekend at Bemidji State, freshman Natalie Spooner scored the winner in round three after a 3-3 tie.

LAST TIME OUT
    The Buckeyes dropped both games of a WCHA series at No. 3/4 Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 13-14. Ohio State fell 4-1 in the first game and 7-2 in the second game. OSU had the game tied at 1-all in the first game but the Bulldogs pulled away with three unanswered goals for the win. In the second game, the Buckeyes led by a goal twice, including a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but UMD rallied with six goals in the final 15 minutes of the game for the 7-2 final.
    Scoring for the Buckeyes in the first game was freshman Melissa Feste, her third goal of the season. She has scored two goals in the last three games. Juniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque each scored in game two. It was the fifth goal of the season for both. LaRocque also had an assist in the game for her second multi-point game of the season.

NOTING THE MINNESOTA DULUTH SERIES
 Freshman Laura McIntosh set up both OSU goals Saturday. It was her 10th multiple-point game of the year. Also with assists on the weekend were sophomore Shannon Reilly and freshman Kim Theut (Friday) and senior Hayley Klassen (Saturday).
 Theut was on a three-game point streak before being held without one Saturday.
 The series marked the return of senior co-captain Morgan Marziali, who had missed the previous five games with an injury.

MOVING ON UP
    With an assist vs. Minnesota Duluth, senior forward Hayley Klassen increased her career point total to 91. The co-captain from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ranks eighth all-time in the OSU record books. She has 43 career goals to stand in fifth.
    Klassen has six multi-point performances this season, including a career-high four points against Minnesota State (Dec. 13) and is third on the team in scoring with 28 points (12g, 16a) even after missing four games with an injury.

IT’S BEEN A WHILE
    On Jan. 8, senior defenseman Megan Hostasek got to celebrate something that had been missing for a while. The Kimberley, British Columbia, native scored a goal against Minnesota that day her first since Jan. 19, 2007. It was a stretch that covered all of last season and totaled 65 games.

FOUR SCORE
    Natalie Spooner set an Ohio State record for goals in a game with four vs. Minnesota State (Dec. 12). She scored 33 seconds into the first period, then added a natural hat trick in a span of 1:56 in the second, including two goals 22 seconds apart (4:33, 4:55, 6:29). Fellow rookie Laura McIntosh scored at 7:17 for a four-goal outburst in a span of 2:44. The four goals tied the OSU record for goals in a period.

WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
    Ohio State has been without its top goal scorer, Natalie Spooner, three series this season while she was playing with Team Canada. The Scarborough, Ontario, native missed back-to-back road series at North Dakota (Nov. 1-2) and St. Cloud State (Nov. 8-9) while playing with the National Women’s Team at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid.
    Most recently Spooner missed a home series vs. Boston University (Jan. 2-3) while she was in Europe with the Canadian Under-22 Team. They won the silver medal at the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the European Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany.

FUTURE BUCKEYES
    The Ohio State women’s hockey team has signed five student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent, head coach Jackie Barto announced Nov. 25. The freshman class of 2009-10 includes: Krystina Hollowell (F, Little Casesars U-19; Clinton Township, Mich.), Chelsea Knapp (G, Lawrence Academy; York, N.Y.), Casandra “Hokey” Langan (F, London Jr. Devilettes; Chatham, Ontario), Paige Semenza (F, North American Hockey Academy; Pittston, Pa.) and Minnamari “Minttu” Tuominen (F, Espoo Blues; Espoo, Finland).

VANDERVEER A VOICE FOR THE HOCKEY NEWS BLOG
    Erika Vanderveer, a former goaltender for the women’s hockey team, has been added as a blogger to the “Hockey Insiders” section of The Hockey News’ Web site (www.thehockeynews.com). The 2007 Ohio State graduate had her first blog posted Dec. 12 and is the only female blogger for the site on either their “The Hockey News” or “Hockey Insider” blogs. The Bradford, Ontario, native is a graphic designer for the magazine and a goaltender with the Burlington Barracudas of the Canadian Women’s League.
    Vanderveer patrolled the Ohio State net from 2004-07 and concluded her career with several Buckeye records in both season and career categories, including career wins (42) and season save percentage (.920). She earned a total of eight Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week awards. While at Ohio State, Vanderveer had strong performances in the classroom as well and received a number of honors. She was a three-time Scholar All-American selection by the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association, a two-time Scholar-Athlete and three-time All-Academic Team honoree by the WCHA.

TROPHY CASE
 Natalie Spooner earned the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week award Feb. 11. Spooner factored into half of Ohio State’s scoring with three goals and an assist in a home sweep of WCHA opponent North Dakota, Feb. 6-7. She scored the fourth goal in the Buckeyes’ 4-1 win Friday. She then built the OSU lead Saturday by scoring a goal in both the first and second periods before assisting on the third Buckeye lamplighter in the 4-2 victory. The second game was Spooner’s 10th multiple-point performance of the season and sixth game with multiple goals. Spooner was plus-4 and a mainstay on the Buckeye penalty kill that was 16-of-19 for the series.
 Hayley Klassen picked up WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Dec. 17. She totaled six points in a conference series at Minnesota State, helping Ohio State take four points from the Mavericks. She had two assists in a 6-5 victory Friday and followed with a career-high four points in game two. The forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored twice and added two assists as the Buckeyes skated to a 5-5 tie and won in a shootout. Klassen and her linemates (Spooner and Laura McIntosh) combined for 18 points in the two games.
 Natalie Spooner was named WCHA Rookie of the Week Dec. 17. She continued her outstanding play, setting a Buckeye record for goals in a game while totaling seven points (5g, 2a) in a road series at Minnesota State. Spooner scored four goals in game one against the Mavericks to set the single-game goal record at Ohio State. She scored her first goal 33 seconds into the contest and added a natural hat trick in a 1:56 span in the second period. She had two goals 22 seconds apart and added a third 1:34 later (4:33, 4:55, 6:29). In the second game, Spooner had a goal and two assists.
 Natalie Spooner earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 3. She scored three of Ohio State’s five goals against No. 5/6 St. Lawrence in a nonconference series in Canton, N.Y. The Scarborough, Ontario, native had a goal in the first game and added two in the second to extend her goal streak to three games. She had a point in six of the last seven games. It was her fourth multiple-goal game.
 Laura McIntosh was named WCHA Co-Rookie of the Week Nov. 5. She shared the award with Alyssa Wiere, a forward from North Dakota. McIntosh played a part in five of six Buckeye goals in a road series at North Dakota, Nov. 1-2. The rookie forward from Waterloo, Ontario, had an assist on the second goal in game one. She followed by setting up or scoring all four OSU goals in the second game, alternating with assist, goal, assist and goal. Her line totaled 10 points that contest.
 Natalie Spooner earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week award Oct. 29.  Spooner factored into four of Ohio State’s five goals in a sweep of Bemidji State at the OSU Ice Rink (Oct. 24-25). The freshman from Scarborough, Ontario, scored twice in a 3-0 shutout of the Beavers in game one. In the second game, Spooner set up the first goal before scoring the gamewinner for the 2-1 victory.
 Liana Bonanno earned two Defensive Player of the Week awards to open the 2008-09 season. She received the honors from U.S. College Hockey Online, Oct. 6, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Oct. 8. Bonanno backstopped Ohio State to an upset sweep at then-No. 9 Providence, Oct. 3-4 in Providence, R.I. The assistant captain made a total of 70 saves with just three goals allowed to the Friars for a .959 save percentage. She made 39 saves, just three shy of her career high, in a season-opening 2-1 victory. She then made 31 saves in the second game as the Buckeyes rallied for a 3-2 win to complete the sweep. A native of Mount Sinai, N.Y., Bonanno has now made 30 or more saves in a game 19 times in her career.

A DECADE OF OHIO STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
    The Ohio State women’s hockey program is celebrating its 10th year throughout the 2008-09 season. Under the direction of head coach Jackie Barto for the duration of the program, the Buckeyes have developed into a nationally-ranked team while battling in the top women’s hockey league, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Buckeyes have an overall record of 147-182-33 (96-137-26 WCHA) during their nine-plus seasons and have never finished below fifth in the conference standings.

UP NEXT
   Ohio State begins postseason play with a best-of-three series Feb. 27-March 1 as part of the First Round WCHA Playoffs. Game times, site and opponent are to be determined.