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Jan. 12, 2001%^$%^$

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- Behind outstanding offensive play and solid special%^$teams, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team defeated Bemidji State, 7-4,%^$Friday night at the OSU Ice Arena. The women’s game was one of three-the%^$other two being the Ohio State men (CCHA) and the Columbus Blue Jackets%^$(NHL)-that were played simultaneously Friday night as part of “Hockey Week”%^$in Columbus. Following the conference victory, the Buckeyes improve to%^$7-11-2 overall and 5-6-2 in the WCHA, and the Beavers slip to 5-14-0 overall%^$and 5-9-0 in the WCHA.%^$

Corinne Rosen (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis./Pomfret) and Emma Laaksonen%^$(Fr., Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen) scored two power-play goals apiece and%^$added assists and Shana Frost (So., Frankford, Ont./Bayside) picked up three%^$assists with two coming on the power play. Rosen leads the Buckeyes in%^$scoring with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.%^$

Kelli Halcisak (Fr., Grosse Isle, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) gave%^$the Buckeyes the early lead when she capitalized on a Bemidji State turnover%^$at the blue line, outmaneuvered a BSU defender and delivered a backhanded%^$shot past Beaver goaltender Bre Dedrickson at 3:46 in the first stanza. Less%^$than two minutes later, Halcisak fired a shot from just in front of the blue%^$line which deflected off Rosen’s stick for a goal at 5:37. Emily Hudak (So.,%^$Marblehead, Mass./Cushing Academy) was credited with the second assist.%^$Rosen was not finished just yet. At 11:33 in the first, she collected a pass%^$from Laaksonen for her second power-play goal of the game. Bemidji State put%^$an end to the Buckeyes’ first-period scoring drive when Amber Fryklund and%^$Kerri McEwen scored at 15:23 and 17:58, respectively. OSU skated into the%^$first intermission with a 3-1 lead.%^$

The Buckeyes watched their lead disintegrate in the second, as%^$Caesare Stimson notched a power-play goal at 9:08 and tied the game at%^$three. Two Beavers were whistled for slashing-at 14:50 and 15:43-giving the%^$Buckeyes a 5-on-3 advantage. Laaksonen capitalized on the power-play%^$opportunity, knocking in her sixth of the season at 16:17 from Frost and%^$Hudak. A little over one minute later, Laaksonen added another power-play%^$goal, this one a 5-on-4, from Rosen and Frost.%^$

At 10:50 in the third, Sarah Van Riper (So., Hilliard,%^$Ohio/Hilliard-Davidson) slipped the puck past Dedrickson for her second of%^$the season from Frost. Bemidji State’s Alicia Kinsman and OSU’s Melissa%^$Pirie (So., Islington, Ontario/Etobicoke) finished out the scoring at 14:28%^$and 17:23, respectively. Jeanne Chapple (Fr., Vadnais Heights,%^$Minn./Moundsview) and Lindsey Ogren (So., North Oaks, Minn./Moundsview)%^$earned assists on Pirie’s goal.%^$

OSU outshot BSU, 45-29. Buckeye goalie April Stojak (So., Kent,%^$Ohio/Shattuck-St. Mary’s) recorded 25 saves, while Dedrickson stopped 38%^$Buckeye shots.%^$

OSU converted on 4-of-6 power-play opportunities, or 66.7%, the%^$squad’s highest single-game power-play percentage this season. The Buckeyes%^$held the Beavers scoreless through four of six opportunities.%^$

“I am very pleased with our overall effort,” Jackie Barto, OSU head%^$coach said. “We worked hard for 60 minutes. We jumped out to an early lead%^$and watched them come back but we stayed focused and got back to our%^$gameplan. Our goal was to win the third period and we did that. I’m pleased%^$with our power-play, that four goals went in, and I’m pleased with our%^$consistency.”%^$

Ohio State returns to the ice at 4:05 p.m. Saturday for the series%^$finale with Bemidji State.%^$

%^$Scoring by Period%^$

1 2 3 F%^$Bemidji State 2 1 1 4%^$Ohio State 3 2 2 7%^$

%^$Shots on Goal%^$

1 2 3 F%^$BSU 7 7 15 29%^$OSU 13 16 16 45%^$

%^$Saves by Period%^$

1 2 3 F%^$BSU-Dedrickson (60:00) 10 14 14 38%^$OSU-Stojak (60:00) 5 6 14 25%^$

%^$Penalties/Minutes%^$

1 2 3 F%^$BSU 3/6 3/6 1/2 7/14%^$OSU 4/8 1/2 2/4 7/14%^$

%^$Power Play
%^$BSU- 2 for 6 (.333)
%^$OSU- 4 for 6 (.667)