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Nov. 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (3-5-0, 1-5-0 WCHA) takes a break from league play and welcomes Connecticut (7-1-0, 4-0-0 Hockey East) to OSU Ice Rink Nov. 3-4. The game Friday begins at 7:07 p.m., with the series conclusion Saturday at 4:07 p.m.

The Buckeyes are coming off a split at home against then-No. 6 Minnesota last weekend, while UConn swept Wayne State with 4-3 and 3-2 wins in Storrs, Conn.

Haven’t Seen You in a While
Ohio State and Connecticut have not played each other since a single-game meeting in Columbus Nov. 17, 2002. They also met the year before in Connecticut, Nov. 16, 2001. The Buckeyes have won the two previous meetings (3-1 at UConn and 6-2 at OSU), although it was prior to any of the current players careers.

WCHA/Hockey East Matchups
Ohio State and Connecticut are not the only teams from the WCHA and Hockey East conferences facing each other this weekend. St. Cloud State and North Dakota of the WCHA travel to Hockey East schools Vermont and Maine, respectively, for games Nov. 3-4 as well.

Last Time Out: Minnesota
Ohio State split its home series with then-No. 6 Minnesota at OSU Ice Rink, falling 4-1 Friday before upsetting the Gophers 2-1 Saturday. The win in game two snapped a five-game losing streak for the Buckeyes and marked the first time this season an unranked team has upset any nationally-ranked opponent. The games marked the third-consecutive series Ohio State and Minnesota have split. The Gophers have won the first game while the Buckeyes have won the second game in each of the last three series.

Vanderveer Named USCHO Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week, the U.S. College Hockey Online site announced Tuesday. It is the first USCHO Player of the Week honor for a Buckeye this season and first national weekly award for Vanderveer.

Vanderveer stopped 38 of 39 shots faced in Ohio State’s 2-1 upset of then-No. 6 Minnesota Saturday at OSU Ice Rink. The win marked the first time this season an unranked team upset a nationally-ranked opponent. Fourteen of Vanderveer’s 38 saves were while the Gophers were on the power play to hold them scoreless with the man-advantage. It was her third-consecutive game with 30-plus saves and the 21st time in her career she has stopped over 30 shots. The win improved her to 2-2-0 this season. In her four starts, Vanderveer has allowed just nine goals with 122 saves for a .931 save percentage, ninth-highest in the nation.

Keys is Key in Upset of Golden Gophers
Junior Erin Keys scored both OSU goals in the game Saturday vs. Minnesota to lead the Buckeyes to a win. The two goals doubled her season total to four. It was also her third multiple-point game this year.

Her first goal 4:42 into the game was assisted by Jody Heywood. After the Gophers tied the game at 1-all with three minutes remaining in regulation, Keys scored with just 1:08 left on the clock to take the win. Tessa Bonhomme and Morgan Marziali assisted on the gamewinner. Keys also scored the game-winning overtime goal last season in Ohio State’s upset of nationally-ranked Minnesota at OSU Ice Rink.

Get Shorty
Sophomore Morgan Marziali scored unassisted while on the penalty kill for the lone Ohio State goal Friday against Minnesota. It was Marziali’s first shorthanded goal of her career and her fourth overall this season. Two other Buckeyes have scored shorthanded goals this season in Amber Bowman and Raelyn LaRocque.

More for Morgan
Morgan Marziali had a goal and an assist in the Minnesota series to up her season point total to seven. With four goals, she has already set a career high through eight games. She is just two points shy of tying her rookie mark of nine points.

Power Play Production
Through eight games, junior defenseman Lisa Chesson has scored four goals to surpass her previous season high of three. All four of her goals this season have come on the power play along with three assists to tie for the team lead with seven points with the man-advantage.

Double Digits
Four Buckeyes have tallied double-digit points through eight games, three of which are defensemen. Senior blueliner Amber Bowman is tied for the team point lead (along with forward Erin Keys) with 11. Juniors Lisa Chesson and Tessa Bonhomme have 10 points each.

Up Next
Ohio State returns to WCHA games with a series at Bemidji State Nov. 10-11. Games begin at 2:07 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday in Bemidji, Minn.