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May 19, 2004

COLUMBUS, OhioJackie Barto, Ohio State women’s ice hockey head coach, announced five new members of the 2004-05 recruiting class. Lisa Chesson, Jody Heywood, Erin Keys, Mallory Peckels and Pamela Patterson each signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend The Ohio State University and play hockey beginning in the 2004-05 season. The five student-athletes join LaSalle, Ontario, native Shelby Aldous, who signed with Ohio State in the early signing period.

“We are excited about the incoming freshman class both as people and hockey players,” Barto said. “They have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy. They bring numerous skills and talents to our team. They come from strong hockey backgrounds and all have a passion for the game. Equally as impressive is their dedication to academics. They have all excelled in the classroom. They will make a strong contribution to our program both on and off the ice and will be outstanding representatives of The Ohio State University.”

Lisa Chesson a native of Plainfield, Ill., has competed for the Plainfield Central High School hockey team for two years. The defenseman with 12 years of hockey experience also competed on the Under-19 Chicago Mission team and Team Illinois’ Under-15 squad. Chesson has received many honors, including being named the 2000 Plainfield Central High School Female Athlete of the Year. At the 2002 Chicago Showcase, Chesson received the Sportsmanship Award and in 2003 she received the Best Defenseman Award. Chesson was selected to the Lake Placid Festival Camp in 2003 and was the only girl selected to compete in the Boy’s Varsity All-Star Game in 2004. She also was a two-year letterwinner in track and field.

“We are pleased Lisa has chosen Ohio State,” Barto said. “She is an outstanding skater with good speed and explosiveness. She can also generate offense from her position. She has a strong feel for the game and reads the ice extremely well.”

Jody Heywood, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, competed for several club teams, including the Regina Cougars and the Regina Royals. Heywood guided the Cougars to a provincial championship two consecutive seasons and the Royals to a city championship in 2001. Heywood was selected to compete at several tournaments and camps including the Canada Winter Games in 2003, where her team won the bronze medal, and the AAA Wheatland Stars tournament and camp in 2002. Heywood was named Balfour Collegiate High School’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. Heywood also participated on her high school basketball, soccer, team handball and ultimate frisbee teams. Outside of athletics, Heywood is an honor roll student, received an academic award as a freshman and sophomore and was involved in many community service activities.

“Jody is a hard working and aggressive forward,” Barto said. “She has good size and presence on the ice. She is an aggressive player who will be effective in the corners and in front of the net. We are excited to have Jody be part of our program.”

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Erin Keys was a four-year letterwinner in hockey at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. As a junior, Keys was Minnesota’s high school hockey leading scorer and in the Top 10 her freshman, sophomore and senior years. Keys led her team in points all four years compiling 288 points, 173 goals and 115 assists. She led Cretin-Derham to two conference titles and two second place finishes at sectionals. Keys received all-conference honors four consecutive years and earned all-state accolades. Keys also was named to the all-metro first, second and third teams during her high school career. She competed at the Olympic Development Camp in Lake Placid three years. Outside of hockey, Keys was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and softball. In addition to athletics, Keys was a two-year member of the student council, a member of the National Honors Society and a volunteer at the Partnership Academy.

“We are pleased Erin has chosen to attend Ohio State,” Barto said. “She is a hard working, aggressive forward. She has good puck skills, good vision on the ice and the ability to generate offense.”

Pamela Patterson is a forward from Miramichi, New Brunswick. Patterson was a three-year starter for James M. Hill High School, in which she was the Most Valuable Player in several games and tournaments. Patterson competed her senior season for the Warner Warriors in Warner, Alberta. As a member of the Warner Warriors, Patterson was the captain, leading scorer and voted Most Valuable Player. As a member of Team New Brunswick’s Under-18 squad (2000-04), Patterson competed at the 2003 Canada Games. She participated on several boys’ teams and was the first girl in Miramichi, New Brunswick, to make a boys’ AAA team. Patterson also was a member of her high school’s field hockey team, which won four provincial championships.

“We are excited to add Pamela to our program,” Barto said. “She is an aggressive forward. She will create opportunities with her skills and skating abilities. She has good vision on the ice and uses her teammates well.”

A native of Minocqua, Wis., Mallory Peckels was a member of the Lakeland Union Boy’s High School team and the Madison Capitols club team. Peckels competed on the boy’s varsity team for three years. As a senior, Peckels assisted Lakeland Union to a conference championship and to the sectional semifinals. The Madison Capitols were national runners-up in 2002, state and regional champions from 2002-04 and national qualifiers from 2002-04. Peckels was a two-year member of Team Wisconsin. Peckels also was a four-year letterwinner in track and field and soccer, in which she earned many honors. In addition to athletics, Peckels was nominated for the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award and was a member of the National Honors Society.

“Mallory is a hard working forward who possesses good speed and quickness,” Barto said. “She plays with a tremendous amount of energy and aggressiveness on the ice. She is a strong player on both sides of the puck. We are excited Mallory has chosen to be a Buckeye.”

2004-05 Ohio State Women’s Ice Hockey Recruiting Class Name Pos. Hometown High School Lisa Chesson D Plainfield, Ill. Plainfield Central Jody Heywood F Regina, Saskatchewan Balfour Collegiate Erin Keys F St. Paul, Minn. Cretin-Derham Pam Patterson F Miramichi, N.B. James M. Hill Mallory Peckels F Minocqua, Wis. Lakeland Union