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Jan. 10, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (6-11-2 overall, 4-6-2 in the WCHA) is coming off a 10-day layoff after dropping its last two games. The Buckeyes fell to St. Lawrence, 4-2, Dec. 30 and Cornell, 5-3, Dec. 31. Included in OSU’s six-day road trip was a stop at Lake Placid, N.Y. where the Buckeyes faced the U.S. Women’s National Team in an exhibition contest and lost, 9-1.

On Tap This Weekend
The Buckeyes play host to the Bemidji State Beavers (5-13-0 overall, 5-8-0 in the WCHA) in a crucial conference series Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at the OSU Ice Arena.

“I’m really excited for this weekend,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “The team is excited to get back into it after not having played a league game since Dec. 9. Now that we’ve seen every team in the league once, we have a better feeling about ourselves. We’re looking forward to starting the second half of the season.”

Back In Familiar Territory
Ohio State returns home for the first time since playing host to St. Cloud State, Dec. 8 and 9. The Buckeyes took a 21-day hiatus in December before hitting the road to take on St. Lawrence, Cornell and the U.S. Women’s National Team. Ohio State is 2-6-1 overall at the OSU Ice Arena this season.

The Bemidji series is the Buckeyes’ only home series in January. The squad next will enjoy home ice advantage when it plays host to MSU, Mankato, Feb. 2-3.

Welcome, Stingrays!
Ohio State will welcome the Plymouth Stingrays, a U-12 girls’ hockey team from Plymouth, Mich., to the game Saturday against the Beavers. The athletics marketing department will distribute free OSU women’s hockey trading cards and the team will hold an autograph session following the game.

It’s A “Hockey Week” In Columbus!
At the Columbus City Council meeting Jan. 8, Mayor Michael B. Coleman officially declared Jan. 10-15 a “Hockey Week” in Columbus, with the anticipation of establishing a record for fans attending simultaneous National Hockey League (NHL) and NCAA hockey games within the same city. More than 30,000 hockey fans are expected at the three games Friday night, featuring the Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s hockey teams as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets. The OSU men’s hockey team will play host to rival Michigan at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. Jackie Barto was in attendance at the city council meeting Monday for the mayor’s declaration.

“It’s great to be home again and to be part of `Hockey Week’ in Columbus,” Barto said. “We have a lot of people supporting us and we hope to start out strong and get the fans excited.”

Last Time Out
Ohio State faced the 2000-01 U.S. Women’sNational Team in an exhibition game Jan. 2 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Despite limiting the Americans to 36 shots on goal, the Buckeyes fell, 9-1. Jayne Bucksa scored OSU’s lone goal–the first of her collegiate career–although it will not count in overall individual or team statistics. Team USA outshot OSU, 36-11. Stojak tallied 27 saves.

OSU lost to Cornell, 5-3, in a New Year’s Eve matchup.

CU’s Erica Olson hit hard and fast for the Big Red, scoring her third and fourth goals of the season in the first three minutes of play. Olson would score five points in the game. Ogren put the Buckeyes on the board at 7:26. Corinne Rosen skated the puck past the blue line on a breakaway and took a shot, which deflected off CU goalie Sanya Sandahl. Lindsey Ogren was ready for the rebound and fired the puck to the upper right corner of the net. Kelli Halcisak jumpstarted the Buckeye offense with her fourth of the season, a 4-on-4 goal, from Rosen at 13:43. Halcisak then assisted in Erin O’Grady’s first collegiate goal at 17:14.

OSU faced St. Lawrence Dec. 30 and fell, 4-2. Corinne Rosen put the Buckeyes on the board first with her seventh goal of the season. With nine seconds to go in the game in a 4-on-4 situation, Emily Hudak notched her first goal of the season from Rosen and Lindsey Ogren but it would not be enough for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye goalie April Stojak recorded 47 saves and an .839 save percentage through two games.

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 Bemidji State
Third-year head coach Ruthann Cantile’s Bemidji State Beavers (5-13-0 overall/5-8-0 in the WCHA) currently are sixth in the conference with eight points. The Beavers are coming off a series split with St. Cloud State last week.

Amber Fryklund leads all Beavers with 18 points from 10 goals and eight assists. Caesare Stimson follows with five goals and five assists for ten points.

Bre Dedrickson has spent the majority of this season between the pipes for BSU. Dedrickson has an .885 save percentage and a 4-9-0 record through 15 games.

The Beavers-Last Time Out
Bemidji State split its series with St. Cloud State, Jan. 7-8. The Beavers skated away with a 4-3 victory Sunday, scoring all four goals in the second period. Monday, despite tallying three power-play goals on five opportunities, BSU fell to SCSU, 5-4. Ricky Lee Doyle scored the gamewinner for the Huskies with two minutes left in the game.

Stimson scored twice Sunday, including a shorthanded goal, and Fryklund added two goals and an assist through two games. Amy Shepler scored two power-play goals for the Beavers Monday.

The Buckeyes-Beavers Series
The Buckeyes are 2-4 overall against the Beavers. The two teams last met earlier this season (Nov. 3-4) at Bemidji, Minn. Ohio State dropped the first game of the series, 2-1, but bounced back in game two and won, 5-2. Four Buckeyes recorded multiple points in the second game.

Corinne Rosen leads all Buckeyes in points against the Beavers with seven, from three goals and four assists.

Barto On Bemidji State
“Bemidji is going to have good goaltending. In the six times we’ve played them, their goaltender always has stepped up. They’re coming off a good weekend against St. Cloud State.”

The Race For Fourth Place
Following a 5-4 win over Bemidji State Monday, St. Cloud State surpassed Ohio State in the league standings to claim fourth place. OSU enters its series with BSU in fifth place, just one point behind St. Cloud. The Beavers are holding onto sixth place with eight conference points.

Lighting The Lamp
Although Ohio State dropped its last two games, two Buckeyes scored their first goals of the season. Emily Hudak (1-2=3) scored a 4-on-4 goal with nine seconds remaining in the game against St. Lawrence Dec. 30. Lindsey Ogren (1-5=6) notched her first of the season Dec. 31 against Cornell.

Two More Get On The Board
Freshman center Erin O’Grady and sophomore wing Jayne Bucksa each scored their first-career goals in the Buckeyes’ last two contests, although Bucksa’s does not count in overall statistics. O’Grady’s came in the Cornell game, while Bucksa tallied OSU’s lone goal in its exhibition contest with the U.S. Women’s National Team Jan. 2.

The Buckeye P.K.
The Buckeyes held the St. Lawrence Saints to one goal on six opportunities. Prior to their game against OSU, the Saints were 93 percent on the penalty kill and limited the Buckeyes to no goals on six opportunities in the game.

As of Jan. 8, Ohio State is No. 1 in the WCHA in penalty kills with 79-of-93, or 84.9%.

A Perfect 10
Corinne Rosen picked up her ninth and tenth assists against Cornell Dec. 31. Rosen also scored a goal the day before against St. Lawrence. Currently, Rosen sits atop the Buckeyes in scoring with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points.

Rosen led Ohio State in scoring in its inaugural season with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points.

Last Line of Defense
Sophomore April Stojak has started all 19 games for OSU this season, racking up 1,145.56 minutes, an .863 save percentage and a 2.93 gaa.

Stojak’s 2.93 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 43 of 107 total team points–Halcisak leads the pack with 12 (the most of any Buckeye defenseman), Jeanne Chapple has 11, Emma Laaksonen has 10, Leah Peyer has three and Erin O’Grady has two.

Halcisak is ranked No. 8 in the WCHA for freshman scoring.

Bad Streak
The Buckeyes are looking to win this weekend for the first time since Dec. 2, when they shut out Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0. OSU’s losing streak is now 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 Championships
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 Madison, Wis. and conference rival Wisconsin. The Buckeyes and Badgers hit the ice for a two-game series, Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2:05 p.m. EST at the Capitol Ice Arena.