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Jan. 17, 2001

Ohio State
(8-11-2/6-6-2 WCHA)
vs.
Wisconsin
(14-5-2/8-4-2 WCHA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s hockey team (8-11-2 overall, 6-6-2 in the WCHA) is coming off its first series sweep of the season. The Buckeyes buried the Bemidji State Beavers, 7-4, Jan. 12 and 6-1, Jan. 13 in front of a home crowd at the OSU Ice Arena.

On Tap This Weekend
Ohio State travels to Madison, Wis. and conference foe Wisconsin (14-5-2 overall/8-4-2 in the WCHA) for a two-game series at the Capitol Ice Arena. The Buckeyes and Badgers face off at 2:05 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re coming off a very consistent weekend against Bemidji State,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach said. “Our goal is to put together another one like that. This is a very big weekend for us because we have the opportunity to go to Wisconsin and really work hard. We plan to play six good periods of hockey and to set the tempo high.”

Bemidji State Series Recap
Ohio State defeated Bemidji State, 6-1, Saturday afternoon. Kelli Halcisak capped off an outstanding weekend with two goals and one assist, adding to her goal and assist from Friday. Corinne Rosen notched three goals and an assist in the weekend series and Shana Frost picked up a goal and four assists through two games.

Rosen put the Buckeyes on the board first, beating out a 2-on-1 on the breakaway for an unassisted short-handed goal at 9:23 in the first stanza.

At 4:51 in the second, Frost extended the Buckeyes’ lead to two. Frost passed the puck to Heather Farrell in front of the Beaver net and Farrell fired it back to Frost, who slipped it past BSU goalie Anik Cote. Halcisak knocked in the next two goals for the Buckeyes-her first coming on the power play at 17:19. At 18:39, Halcisak scored her seventh of the season with a beautiful diving shot to the far left corner of the Bemidji net. Lill Raynard scored what would be Bemidji State’s only goal of the game at 5:04 in the third period. One minute later, OSU’s Lindsey Ogren responded with her second of the season, an unassisted goal, at 6:10. At 7:28 in the third, Erin O’Grady tallied her second of the season. Jeanne Chapple fired off a shot which Farrell tipped to O’Grady, who deflected the puck off her stick and into the net to put the Buckeyes ahead, 6-1.

Laaksonen and Rosen scored two power-play goals apiece and Frost added three assists to help the Buckeyes to a 7-4 win over the Beavers Friday night, snapping OSU’s four-game losing streak. Seven goals is the most the Buckeyes have scored on an opponent this season.

OSU outshot BSU, 91-52, through two games. Buckeye goalie April Stojak recorded 47 saves and a .904 save percentage.

The OSU power-play unit converted on 6-of-11 power-play opportunities on the weekend and the Buckeyes killed 10-of-12 penalties.

Head Coach Jackie Barto
Jackie Barto enters her second season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s ice hockey program. She was named the first head coach in the program’s history Dec. 14, 1998. Barto led the squad to an 8-26-3 overall record and a 6-15-3 WCHA conference finish in its inaugural season last year. In addition, she coached the Buckeyes in their first-ever postseason tournament, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship. There, the No. 5-seed Buckeyes upset higher seeds No. 4 St. Cloud and No. 3 Wisconsin to claim third place.

Barto came to Ohio State from Providence College, where she was the head coach of the Friars. Under Barto’s guidance, the PC women’s hockey program flourished, compiling a record of 70-53-10 in her five years at the helm.

Scouting Wisconsin
Interim head coach Trina Bourget is in her first year at the helm of a Badger program that currently is holding on to second place in the conference with 18 points. Wisconsin, which is ranked No. 7 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll this week, is coming off two conference losses to St. Cloud State.

Freshman Meghan Hunter currently leads the team and the nation in goals scored with 30. Kendra Antony (11-21=32) and Kerry Weiland (9-19=28) round out the top three Badger scorers.

Through 19 games, Jackie MacMillan has amassed a 12-5-2 record between the pipes for the Badgers. She currently has a 2.73 goals against average and an .889 save percentage.

The Badgers-Last Time Out
Wisconsin was swept and shut out for the first time this season, falling to St. Cloud State, 9-4, Jan. 12, and 3-0 Jan. 13. The Huskies’ Roxanne Stang scored a hat trick Friday to lead SCSU past the U of W for the first time. St. Cloud’s nine goals were the most the Badgers have allowed all season. Meghan Hunter scored her 30th goal and added two assists Friday.

Saturday, the Huskies shut down the Badger offense, snapping Hunter’s scoring streak at 20 games.

The Buckeyes-Badgers Series
The Badgers hold a 4-1-2 advantage overall against the Buckeyes. The two teams last met earlier this season (Nov. 10-11) at Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State dropped the first game of the series, 2-0, but bounced back in game two and tied the Badgers, 3-3.

Corinne Rosen leads all Buckeyes in points against Wisconsin. Rosen has nine from five goals and four assists.

The Race For Third Place
The Buckeyes are back in the WCHA division race after sweeping Bemidji State last weekend. Only one point separates Ohio State from third place, which currently is occupied by Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State. OSU is only four points behind second-place Wisconsin in the conference standings.

Eight Is Great
After picking up two wins last weekend, the Buckeyes boosted their overall record to 8-11-2. Ohio State’s eight wins this season equals its win total from all of last year. The squad went 8-26-3 in its inaugural 1999-2000 season.

Power-Play Powerhouses
Emma Laaksonen and Corinne Rosen scored two power-play goals apiece Friday against Bemidji State. Laaksonen leads the team and is tied at No. 3 in the WCHA in power-play goals with seven and Rosen and Shana Frost have four. Rosen sits atop the Buckeyes in scoring with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points.

Short-Handed? No Problem.
Corinne Rosen scored a short-handed goal Saturday-Ohio State’s first of the season. Last season, Rosen led the team in short-handed goals with three.

Multiple-Point Weekend
Nine Buckeyes-Jeanne Chapple, Heather Farrell, Shana Frost, Kelli Halcisak, Emily Hudak, Emma Laaksonen, Erin O’Grady, Lindsey Ogren and Corinne Rosen-skated away with multiple-points over the weekend. Frost led the way with five, from one goal and four assists, and Halcisak and Rosen followed with four, from three goals and an assist.

The Buckeye P.K.
The Buckeye penalty-kill unit went to work over the weekend, holding the Beavers to only two goals on 12 power-play opportunities.

Ohio State is No. 1 in the WCHA in penalty kills with 89-of-105, or 84.8%.

The Buckeye P.P.
Ohio State converted on four-of-six power-play opportunities Friday night. Sixty-seven percent is the Buckeyes’ highest power-play percentage this season. Saturday, the Buckeyes scored two power-play goals on five opportunities.

Currently, Ohio State is 21-for-110 on the power-play, or 19.1%.

The Comeback Kid
Buckeye frosh Kelli Halcisak has made a remarkable comeback since being sidelined for four games in December with mononucleosis. Halcisak has scored four goals and added two assists in the four games she’s been back on the ice for the Scarlet and Grey.

The Comeback Kid II
Halcisak’s 16 points, from seven goals and nine assists, are the most of any Buckeye defenseman. She is ranked seventh in the league for defenseman scoring and is tied for sixth in the freshman scoring category. Halcisak also leads the team with a +/- rating of +6.

Buckeyes In The Double Digits
Frost and Rosen each scored their 10th goals of the season in the Bemidji State series. Last year, only three Buckeyes-Rosen, Frost and Lindsey Ogren-scored 10 or more goals in the entire season. Five Buckeyes currently are scoring in the double-digits as compared to five all of last season.

The First “Goal”
Ohio State scored the first goal in each of its wins over Bemidji State last weekend. Scoring first has been a goal for the Buckeyes all season. OSU is 6-2-1 overall this season when scoring first and 2-9-1 when scored on first.

Last Line Of Defense
Sophomore April Stojak has started all 21 games for OSU this season, racking up 1,265.56 minutes, an .868 save percentage and a 2.89 gaa.

Stojak’s 2.89 gaa ranks her fourth among all WCHA goaltenders.

Six Pack On Ice
Three of OSU’s Top 5 scorers are freshmen. The six freshmen Buckeyes account for 56 of 135 total team points–Halcisak leads the pack with 16 (the most of any Buckeye defender), Emma Laaksonen and Jeanne Chapple have 13, Heather Farrell has seven, Erin O’Grady has four Leah Peyer has three.

Bad Streak Ends
The Buckeyes’ 7-4 win over the Beavers was their first win since Dec. 2, when they shut out Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0. OSU’s losing streak ended at four-consecutive games. Last season, the Buckeyes’ longest losing streak was 10 games (Oct. 30-Dec. 10).

Follow The Buckeyes Online
Information on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, was well as the 34 other Buckeye sports, is available online at the official website of OSU athletics, ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For up-to-the minute women’s hockey scores, statistics and standings around the league and the nation, check out www.collegehockeystats.com.

WCHA Championship
All seven teams in the WCHA will participate in the WCHA Championships, which will be held March 8, 9 and 10, 2001 at Recreation Center in Rochester, Minn.

Captains Announced
Corinne Rosen, Lindsey Ogren, Melissa Glaser and Emily Hudak have been named captains for the 2000-01 season.

Next Up For The Buckeyes
Ohio State travels to Findlay, Ohio to face its lone in-state rival, Findlay. The Buckeyes and Oilers will meet on Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Clauss Ice Arena.

OSU returns home Feb. 2-3 for a conference series with the MSU, Mankato Mavericks. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday.