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Oct. 30, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (2-4-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) faces Bemidji State (2-4-1, 2-2-0 WCHA) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn. The Buckeyes and Beavers currently are tied for third place in the WCHA standings.

SIZING UP OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are 2-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the WCHA. They started the season off by defeating Minnesota State, Mankato in two games on the road. OSU suffered four straight losses at home against New Hampshire and Minnesota.

OSU has outshot its opponents 163-154 already this season. The Buckeyes have tallied 14 goals and 24 assists, averaging 2.3 goals per game. They have had 38 penalties totaling 76 minutes in the box, averaging 6.3 penalties per game.

Sophomore Jeni Creary leads the offense with four goals and six assists. Junior Emma Laaksonen leads the defense with one goal and six assists.

ROAD WINNING STREAK
OSU is 2-0 on the road this season and is looking to continue its road-winning streak. Last year they were 2-1-1, six games into the season.

THIS TIME LAST SEASON
Six games into the 2001-02 season Ohio State was 2-2-2. OSU currently is 2-4-0 this season and has its eyes on improvement.

FAMILY TIES WITH BSU
Bemidji State recently announced the addition of Lauren Steblen to the BSU coaching staff. Steblen is the sister of Ohio State sophomore Lindsey Steblen. This meeting will be the first time the sisters have competed for opposing teams. Steblen is a 2002 graduate of Maine and is making her collegiate coaching debut this season. Her responsibilities include working with the defense, coordinating strength and conditioning programs, video breakdown and she also will be involved in recruiting.

BUCKEYES VS. BEAVERS
Ohio State and Bemidji State will be meeting for the 14th time. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 7-5-1.

In the last meeting, OSU defeated the Beavers, 5-3, in the first round of the WCHA tournament March 7, 2002.

The Buckeyes are on a two-game winning streak against the Beavers.

SCOUTING BEMIDJI STATE
The Bemidji State Beavers are 2-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the WCHA this season. The Beavers have defeated St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, Mankato.

The Beavers return all six players from their first two lines from a year ago, including second-team All-WCHA pick Amber Fryklund. Already this season, Frykland is on a six-game assist streak for BSU, which ties her for the longest streak in the five-year history of the program. She only is seven points away from becoming the first Beaver to reach 100 career points.

BSU added nine freshmen to the roster this season. Carly Napier has netted her second goal of the season against MSU, she leads the rookies in goals.

Bemidji State’s goalkeeper, Anik Cote, is fourth with a 2.01 GAA in the conference. Cote’s save percentage in conference games is .897.

BEAVERS HEAD COACH
Bruce Olson, BSU head coach, enters his first year at the helm of the Beaver program. Olson comes to BSU after a highly-successful career at the high school level which spanned more than two decades. After a four-year playing career at Minnesota-Duluth from 1975-79, Olson took over the boy’s program at Minot High School in Minot, N.D. He directed Minor High to a pair of North Dakota state runner-up finishes in 1985 and 1987. In 1987 he was named North Dakota Hockey Coach of the Year.

Olson recorded his first collegiate win against St. Cloud State Oct. 4.

LAST MEETING AGAINST
BEMIDJI STATE

The No. 4-seed Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated No. 5 Bemidji State, 5-3, in the play-in game of the 2002 WCHA Women’s Final Five at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn, advancing to the semifinal round.

Heather Farrell got the Buckeyes on the board at the 15:47 mark of the first stanza. Farrell was whistled for cross-checking at the time of the goal and just 34 seconds later, Bemidji State’s Alicia Kinsman converted on the power play.

The second period was marked by constant changes in momentum. BSU’s Kerri McEwen started the scoring at 8:15 from Guylaine Hache. Ohio State answered two minutes later, at 10:17. Shana Frost sent the puck up ice to Erin O’Grady and Jeanne Chapple for a two-on-one. Just over two minutes later, Bemidji State responded, converting on another power-play opportunity. Desson tied the game at three at the 15:38 mark when she deflected Lindsey Steblen’s wrist shot past Cote. Katie Frohreich had the second assist.

Just over a minute into the third period, Desson shifted the momentum back to Ohio State. She got control of the puck on a delayed Bemidji State penalty and flicked a wrist shot to the top shelf. Desson’s unassisted goal, her 12th of the season and second of the game, was the game winner. She leads the team with six game-winning goals this season. Chapple sealed the Ohio State victory at 13:37 with an even-strength goal from Kate Frohreich.

Shots were even at 23 apiece. Ohio State was outstanding on the penalty kill, limiting a strong Bemidji State power-play unit to two goals in seven chances with the man advantage. The Buckeyes converted on their only power-play opportunity in the game.

ABOUT BEMIDJI

Population of city – 12,073 University population – 4,800Elevation – 1,343 Average annual temperature – 37.2 degrees Averageannual snowfall – 41.1″

In northern Minnesota, Bemidji is near Itasca State Park and Lake Bemidji State Park. It has 400 fishing lakes within 25 miles. Bemidji, Minn. is known for being the first city on the Mississippi River and the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. In 1993 and 1995 Bemidji was named one of the 100 best small towns in America.

The Bemidji State University campus is bounded on the east by Lake Bemidji and on the north, west and south by the city. Stands of pine, oak and birch reflect the nearby presence of the north woods. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season sky walks and underground passages.

The John S. Glas Fieldhouse is named after Mr. John Glas the acting president from 1967 to 1968 and a vice president for administrative affairs. The facility serves as the men’s and women’s hockey arena.

WCHA STANDINGS
The Buckeyes are tied for third with Bemidji State with four points in the WCHA. Ohio State and Bemidji State are 2-2-0 in the league.

WCHA LEADERS
Ohio State players rank among the top in the WCHA.

Point Scoring: GP PPG G-A-P 7. Jeni Creary 4 2.00 3-5-8 T9. Emma Laaksonen 4 1.25 0-5-5

Power-Play Points: GP PPG G-A-P 1. Jeni Creary 4 1.75 2-5-7 2. Emma Laaksonen 4 1.00 0-4-4 T3. Emily Hudak 4 0.75 0-3-3

Defense Scoring: GP PPG G-A-P T2. Emma Laaksonen 4 1.25 0-5-5

Goals Against Average: Min. GA GAA 4. April Stojak 238:36 8 2.01

Save Percentage: Saves GA Pct. 3. April Stojak 87 8 .916

Power Play: Totals SHA PCT 1. Ohio State 8/28 0 28.6

LAST TIME OUT
MINNESOTA – GAME 2

Ohio State lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 2-1, in game two of the series at the OSU Ice Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Minnesota led Ohio State 9-3 in shots in the first period. The Buckeye defense held the Gophers scoreless during the period.

The Buckeyes had several scoring opportunities but were unable to get the puck by Minnesota’s goalkeeper, Brenda Reinen. Late in the period, the Gophers scored two goals within 1:31 of each other. Minnesota led Ohio State 2-0.

Ohio State’s Shana Frost scored on the power play from Katie Frohreich and Jeni Creary 4:24 into the third period. OSU pulled its goalkeeper with 30 seconds to go. The Buckeyes fought hard for another goal and came close several times but were unable to succeed.

Senior April Stojak played 59:30 in net for Ohio State, recording 29 saves.

Ohio State held Minnesota scoreless on all seven of its power-play opportunities. OSU was 1-for-6 on its power plays. The Gophers barely out shot the Buckeyes, 31-29.

“We are confident that if we keep playing at this level, our opportunities will turn into goals,” Barto said. “The team portrayed the characteristics that is Ohio State women’s hockey.”

MINNESOTA – GAME 1
Ohio State fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 4-0, in the first game of the two-game series at the OSU Ice Arena.

Minnesota’s Krissy Wendell started the game off with a goal 5:32 in the first period. The Buckeyes took several shots but were unable to get by UM’s goalkeeper, Jody Horak. Emily Hudak was given a penalty for roughing at 15:25, causing UM’s first power play. Ronda Curtin took advantage of the opportunity and scored at 16:14. Ohio State had its first power-play chance at 19:00, but was unable to score.

OSU started the second period off strong. Emma Laaksonen, Jeni Creary and Jana Harrigan had several shots down low for the Buckeyes, but could not get the puck into the net. The Gophers tallied a goal at 19:20 from Winny Brodt. OSU led Minnesota 10-9 in shots at the end of the period.

The Buckeyes fought hard in the third period, but were unable to net a goal. Minnesota’s Krissy Wendell scored her second goal of the game at 17:40.

Ohio State held Minnesota scoreless on one of its two power-play chances. OSU was 0-for-5 on the power plays. The Buckeyes outshot the Gophers 26-25.

STARS OF THE GAME
Shana Frost was named the No. 3 star of the game Saturday by the UM and OSU Sports Information Offices.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State sophomore Jeni Creary was named the WCHA offensive player of the week for the conference for the week ending Oct. 13.

Creary is tied for first in the WCHA in point scoring with seven points and 3.50 points per game in conference games. Creary leads OSU in scoring with seven points after the first weekend of the regular season.

“Jeni had a very solid weekend and generated a lot of scoring opportunities, particularly in our power plays,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “Jeni capitalized on her many scoring opportunities.”

OFF TO A STRONG START
Three Buckeyes had two-goal games in the MSU, Mankato series: Jana Harrigan, Jeanne Chapple and Jeni Creary.

SOPHOMORE SENSATION
Sophomore Jeni Creary leads Ohio State in points (10), goals (4) and shots (31). Creary completed the weekend with one assist and 11 shots against Minnesota.

FABULOUS FROSH
Jana Harrigan has played in six games and recorded three goals and one assist this season.

LEADING THE D
Emma Laaksonen is tied with Jeni Creary for the team lead with six assists this season. Laaksonen leads the Buckeye penalty-killing unit as it held Minnesota scoreless on all seven of its power plays Oct. 26, MSU scoreless on seven of its eight power plays Oct. 11 and shut out all eight Oct. 12.

IN THE NET
Ohio State’s goaltenders are senior April Stojak and freshman Natalie Lamme. Stojak has played 238:36 this season, recording 87 saves and her record is 1-3-0. Lamme has started two games, tallying 53 saves. Her record is 1-1-0.

BRAND NEW BUCKEYES
All three Buckeye newcomers saw action against MSU, Mankato, with Jana Harrigan scoring points. Crystal Sayther and Katie Sershen recorded playing time in both games.

OSU CAPTAINS
Ohio State returns 18 letterwinners for the 2002-03 season including nine forwards, seven defenders and two goaltenders. Nine of the letterwinners are seniors who have been at Ohio State since the beginning of the women’s ice hockey program four years ago.

NEW ASSISTANT COACH
Catherine Hanson recently was added to the OSU women’s ice hockey staff as an assistant coach. Hanson is a 1998 graduate of ProvidenceCollege, where she received a degree in psychology and a minor in German.

Her responsibilities include developing the OSU defense, coordinating the recruiting process and assisting with daily practices and games.

Hanson began her coaching career as an assistant ice hockey coach at Colgate University during the 1999 season. This past year, she was an assistant coach at Wayne State University.

She also worked at the 2001 USA Hockey Mid-American District Camp in Kent, Ohio and the 2002 USA Hockey Girls 14/15 Development Camp in Rochester, N.Y.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORIENTED
The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team and coaches recently participated in the first Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) Buddy Walk Oct. 27 at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus.

The Buddy Walk raised funds to help support DSACO’s mission “to insure all persons with Down syndrome are given the opportunity to achieve their potential.” In addition, funds will go to support the National Down syndrome Society (NDSS)’s research, education and advocacy efforts.

THE INAUGURAL CLASS
The nine returning seniors bring a lot to the hockey program this season, since they have seen the program grow and mature from the beginning of its inaugural season in 1999-00.

“I want them to leave Ohio State knowing they are going to forever be an important part of our program,” Barto said. “What they did here in their four years will be something that will be here forever because they will always be a part of our program in the present and in the future.”

THE ROAD TO DULUTH
The Buckeyes play every WCHA team four times during the season, a two-game trip on the road and a two-game series at home. OSU will be playing two of the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four teams, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth.

“The WCHA has come so far in three years and is going to be even better than last year,” Barto said. “It is the most competitive women’s hockey leagues in the country. Which means we have to be very prepared and focused for every league game. But, it is going to make us the best team we can be in the long run.”

The non-league games also are important and the opponents are strong. OSU takes on Providence, Connecticut and Mercyhurst at home this season. Away opponents include Dartmouth,

St. Lawrence, who both ranked in the Top 10 last year, and Princeton.

The 2002 WCHA Championship will be held March 6-8 in Engelstad Arena at the University of North Dakota. The Buckeyes goal is to make it to the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four March 21 and 23 in Duluth, Minn.

FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES ONLINE
Information on the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is available online at the official website of Ohio State Athletics, ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For up-to-the-minute women’s ice hockey scores, statistics and standings around the league and the nation, check out www.collegehockeystats.com. The official website of the WCHA is www.wcha.com.

UP NEXT
Ohio State returns home to face No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 8th and 9th in the OSU Ice Arena in Columbus.