May 7, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team celebrated its 2006-07 season with a banquet during which the team awards and 2007-08 captains were announced Sunday at the Holiday Inn on the Lane. The Buckeyes concluded the year as the 10th-ranked team in the nation with a 20-13-4 overall record, the most wins in a season in program history. They also reached the WCHA playoff tournament semifinals after finishing fourth in the conference standings with a team-best 30 points and 13-11-4 record.

Junior forward Erin Keys (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) received the Most Valuable Offensive Award after finishing the year with 48 points on 22 goals and 26 assists. Her point total was the second-most by a Buckeye in a season and earned her Second Team All-WCHA honors as well as the USCHO Most Improved Player national award.

The Most Valuable Defensive Award was given to junior defenseman Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill./Chicago Mission). Chesson, a Third Team All-WCHA honoree, finished third on the team with 37 points (13g, 24a) and ranked sixth in the nation in defenseman points per game with 1.00. She was plus-17 with eight power play goals.

Rookie defenseman Rachel Davis (Horton, Mich./Honeybaked) earned the Most Valuable Freshman Award. Davis’ playing time increased throughout the season and she saw significant minutes on both power play and penalty kill. In 37 games, she totaled a goal and four assists.

Junior forward Mallory Peckels (Minocqua, Wis./Madison Capitols) received the Seventh Player Award for her team dedication and hardworking mentality. Peckels was a mainstay on the top line and the Buckeye special teams. She scored all four of her goals on the power play and added 16 assists for a career-best 20 points.

A pair of forwards earned the Most Improved Player Awards in junior Jody Heywood (Regina, Saskatchewan/Regina Cougars) and sophomore Hayley Klassen (Warman, Saskatchewan/College of Notre Dame). Coming off a sophomore season when she totaled two points, Heywood finished 2006-07 with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. She was just the third Buckeye to score multiple shorthanded goals in a season with two. Klassen ranked fifth on the team in goals with 10 and added seven assists. She scored four power play goals and concluded with the second-best rating on the team of plus-14.

Also receiving awards: sophomore goaltender and physics major Liana Bonanno (Mount Sinai, N.Y./Sound Shore Warriors) earned the Academic Award for her achievements in the classroom, sophomore forward Morgan Marziali (St. Mary’s, Ontario/London Devilettes) was given the Scarlet and Gray award, presented by the off-ice officials to the team’s most intense competitor, and sophomore forward Olivia Antognoli (Granite City, Ill./Team Illinois U-19) earned the Buckeye Power Club Award for her hard work in the weight room and off-ice training.

Before the banquet was completed, the captains for next season were announced, as voted on by the team. Wearing the `C’ in 2007-08 will be defenseman Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves). Bonhomme was a co-captain in 2006-07 and as a junior was named an AHCA Second Team All-American as well as a First Team All-WCHA honoree. Three fellow seniors will be assistant captains in Chesson, Peckels and Heywood. It is the first such honor for all three.