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Jan. 24, 2001

Ohio State
(8-12-3/6-7-3 WCHA)
vs.
Findlay
(10-10-1/4-0-1 GLWHA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s hockey team (8-12-3 overall, 6-7-3 in the WCHA) is coming off an overtime loss and a tie at No. 7 Wisconsin last weekend. The Buckeyes fell to the Badgers, 3-2, Jan. 20 and tied them, 2-2, Jan. 21, at the Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis.

On Tap This Weekend
Ohio State travels to Findlay, Ohio, Super Bowl Sunday to battle Findlay (10-10-1 overall, 4-0-1 in the GLWHA) The Buckeyes and Oilers face off at 2 p.m. at the Clauss Ice Arena.

“We’re excited for the game,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach said, “We feel like we’re playing pretty well coming off two good weekends. We’re doing the little things a little better and we’re hoping that will help us generate some wins. Our overall effort has been outstanding, we just want to be prepared for this weekend.”

“The Ohio Cup” Tradition Begins
To help promote and strengthen the already intense in-state rivalry between Ohio State and Findlay, the coaches established the “Ohio Cup.” The first-ever Ohio Cup will take place Sunday at Clauss Arena, with the next one to be played at the OSU Ice Arena next season. There will be a trophy presentation at the conclusion of the game to honor the newly crowned Ohio Cup “champions.”

Wisconsin Series Recap
In front of over 1,000 fans, the Buckeyes tied No. 7 Wisconsin, 2-2, Jan. 21 in the finale of the WCHA weekend series.

The Badgers got things rolling at 5:07 in the first stanza when Sis Paulsen collected a pass from behind the net and nailed a shot to the left corner of the net past OSU goalie April Stojak for a power-play goal. Meghan Hunter extended Wisconsin’s lead to two at 12:01 with her 31st of the season. The Badgers almost took another one from the Buckeyes midway through the first when Karen Rickard went on a breakaway and took a slapshot, which Stojak saved. It was the first of several crucial saves for Stojak in the game. Ohio State came back strong in the second period, tying the game with two unanswered goals. At 12:38, Badger goalie Jackie MacMillan was busy fending off Kelli Halcisak’s blocked shot, giving Emma Laaksonen all the empty net she needed to put one in. Emily Hudak had the secondary assist on Laaksonen’s 5-on-3 power-play goal. At 17:34, Erin O’Grady snuck another one past MacMillan from Katie Frohreich and Jeanne Chapple for the Buckeyes’ second power-play goal of the game.

The two teams, tied at two after three periods, went into overtime for the second-consecutive game.

Neither team was able to score in the five-minute sudden-victory overtime period.

Corinne Rosen scored the game-tying goal and Sarah Van Riper added another to help send the Buckeyes and Badgers into overtime Jan. 20, tied at two. With 1:56 remaining inovertime, Wisconsin’s Kendra Antony scored the game-winning goal.

OSU outshot UW, 55-54, through two games. Stojak recorded 49 saves and a .907 save percentage.

The OSU power-play unit held the Badgers to one goal in seven chances over the weekend and the Buckeyes converted on 2-of-12 power-play opportunities.

Head Coach Jackie Barto
Jackie Barto is in 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.

In The National Spotlight
In the Top 10 poll released Tuesday by USA Today and American Hockey Magazine, the Ohio State women’s hockey team received one vote.

Three Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams are among the Top 10-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 3 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin.

USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Women’s #14 (As of Jan. 23) Last Team Record Week 1. Dartmouth 14-1-1 1 2. Minn.-Duluth 17-4-1 3 3. Minnesota 15-4-1 2 4. St. Lawrence 13-3-3 4 5. Harvard 11-6-0 5 6. Brown 10-3-3 6 7. Wisconsin 15-5-3 7 8. Northeastern 12-7-0 8 9. New Hampshire 14-9-0 9 10.Providence 12-7-3 10

Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State (2), OHIO STATE (1)

Scouting Findlay
Adam Brinker is in his second year at the helm of a Findlay program that currently is holding on to first place in the three-team Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association. The Oilers are coming off back-to-back wins, including a 9-0 trouncing of Connecticut Jan. 21.

Freshman Sherrie White and sophomore Melissa Oliver currently lead the team in scoring-White with 10 goals and nine assists and Oliver with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Chantelle Russell (9-6=15) and Stasia Bakhit (4-11=15) round out the top Oiler scorers.

Erin Blair and Nickie Kelly form the goaltending tandem for the Oilers this season. Through 16 games, Blair has amassed a 5-8-1 record between the pipes. She currently has a 2.63 goals against average and an .918 save percentage. Kelly is 5-2-0 and has a 2.73 gaa and an .870 save percentage.

The Oilers-Last Time Out
Findlay defeated the University of Connecticut, 9-0, Sunday for the squad’s largest margin of victory this season. The Oilers’ Janet Ploncinsky scored a hat trick and goalie Erin Blair added a goal and assist of her own.

Findlay skated to a 5-3 win over conference foe Wayne State Jan. 15.

The Buckeyes-Oilers Series
The Oilers hold a slight 1-2-0 edge over the Buckeyes in the all-time series. The two teams met earlier this season (Oct. 15) at Columbus, Ohio, in Ohio State’s 2000 home opener. OSU defeated Findlay, 4-1.

Corinne Rosen leads all Buckeyes in points against Findlay. Rosen has five from four goals and an assist.

Barto On Findlay
“Findlay is a hard-working team. They are solid in goal and I think they are much-improved over when we saw them in October. We have to be ready and on top of our game.”

The GLWHA
The Oilers are members of the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association, or GLWHA. Findlay, Mercyhurst and Wayne State are the three lone members of the GLWHA, which formed this season. Each team plays each other four times and will count two games against MSU-Mankato, Niagara, and Providence in their Div. I league schedule. The GLWHA title winner will get a bye in the playoffs. The second and third place teams will meet in a semifinal contest and the winner will play the first place team for the championship.

The Race For Fourth Place
The Buckeyes took one point away from Wisconsin after tying the Badgers Sunday. Right now, three points separates Ohio State from fourth place, which currently is occupied by St. Cloud State. OSU is only four points behind third-place Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA conference standings.

Overtime Overload
Three out of the four games Ohio State and Wisconsin have played this season have been decided in overtime. The Buckeyes have gone into overtime six times this season, for an overall record of 1-2-3 in overtime games.

Goin’ To The “Chapple”
Jeanne Chapple has scored a point in each of the Buckeyes’ past four contests. The freshman center had an assist in both games in the Bemidji State series and in both Wisconsin games. Currently, Chapple is fourth on the team in scoring with six goals and nine assists for 15 points.

Eight Is Great
After picking up two wins against Bemidji State, 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 Powerhouse
Emma Laaksonen scored the game-tying goal Sunday to help the Buckeyes to a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 7 Wisconsin. The goal came as OSU was enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage. All eight of Laaksonen’s goals this season have come on the power-play. Currently, the freshman defender is No. 2 in the WCHA in power-play goals behind UW’s Meghan Hunter.

The Buckeye P.K.
The Buckeye penalty-kill unit held the Badgers to only one goal in seven power-play opportunities.

Ohio State is No. 2 in the WCHA in penalty kills with 95-of-112, or 84.8%.

The Buckeye P.P.
Ohio State converted on 2-of-12 power-play opportunities over the weekend.

Currently, Ohio State is 23-for-122 on the power-play, or 18.9%.

Buckeyes In The Double Digits
Shana Frost and Corinne 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 Netminder
Sophomore April Stojak has started all 23 games between the pipes for OSU this season, racking up 1,394 minutes, an .872 save percentage and a 2.84 gaa.

Stojak’s 2.84 gaa ranks her fourth among all WCHA goaltenders.

The Rookies Are On A Roll
Three of OSU’s Top 5 scorers are freshmen. The six freshmen Buckeyes account for 62 of 146 total team points–Halcisak leads the pack with 17 (the most of any Buckeye defender), Emma Laaksonen and Jeanne Chapple have 15, Heather Farrell has seven, Erin O’Grady has five Leah Peyer has three.

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
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 at the OSU Ice Arena.