Jan. 12, 2001
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
1 2 3 F BSU 3/6 3/6 1/2 7/14 OSU 4/8 1/2 2/4 7/14
BSU- 2 for 6 (.333)
OSU- 4 for 6 (.667)