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Dec. 11, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-9-2, 4-6-2 WCHA) returns to action after an idle weekend. The Buckeyes take on the No. 8 Princeton Tigers (7-3-2, 3-1-0 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink in Princeton, N.J. The road series marks OSU’s last games before holiday break.

WCHA BREAK
The Buckeyes will take a break from WCHA action, playing their next four games against teams in the ECAC conference. Ohio State returns to WCHA action Jan. 18th and 19th against St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn.

LAST SERIES – BRIEF VERSION
Ohio State swept both games in its home series against St. Cloud State. OSU shut out the Huskies, 6-0, Nov. 30, its first shutout of the year, and topped the Huskies, 6-4, Dec. 1.

The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies, 84-46, combined in the two games, 43-18 Saturday and 41-28 Sunday.

SIZING UP OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are 5-9-2 overall and 4-6-2 in the WCHA. The Buckeyes have tallied 40 goals and 62 assists, averaging 2.5 goals per game. OSU has allowed 44 goals this season, averaging 2.8 goals against per game. They have had 99 penalties totaling 212 minutes in the box, averaging 6.2 penalties per game.

IMPRESSIVE SPECIAL TEAMS
OSU has held its opponents scoreless on 70-of-82 power-play chances this season, ranking 18th in the nation with an 85.4 percentage. With a 16.5 power play percentage, the Buckeyes are ranked 12th in the nation (14/85).

DOMINATING SHOTS
The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in eight of their last 10 contests and are outshooting their opponents, 448-372, this season. They are averaging 28 shots per game compared to their opponents 23.2 shots per game.

THE SWEEP
The squad has swept two two-games series this season. The first weekend out they swept Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. OSU’s second sweep was against St. Cloud State.

BUCKEYES VS. TIGERS
The meeting Friday will mark the fourth time the Buckeyes and Tigers have faced off.

Ohio State leads Princeton, 2-1, in the all-time series. The Buckeyes have won the last two games.

The last meeting between the two teams was Dec. 15, 2001, in Columbus; OSU won 2-1 in overtime.

SCOUTING NO. 8 PRINCETON
The Tigers are 7-3-2 overall and 3-1-0 in the ECAC. They are ranked eighth in the USCHO.com and the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine polls this week. All three of Princeton’s losses have been on the road, two games against New Hampshire and one against St. Lawrence.

Senior Andrea Kilbourne leads the team with 12 points this season.

Gretchen Anderson has tallied five goals in six games for the Tigers.

Junior Meghan Van Beusekom leads the Princeton goaltenders, tallying 190 saves. She has played 445:59 minutes in net, allowing 17 goals.

Princeton has outscored its opponents by 14 and outshot it opponents by 52. The Tigers are averaging 3.08 goals per game and allowing their opponents 1.92 goals per game.

HUSKIES HEAD COACH
Jeff Kampersal is in his seventh year at the helm of the Tiger program. Last season, he led the team to a 15-11-3 record, its best mark in his six seasons behind the bench. The team finished with an Ivy League record of 6-4-0 and a conference record of 10-6-0. For his accomplishments, Kampersal was named the ECAC North Coach of the Year.

Kampersal has a 79-73-13 record in his six years at Princeton.

LAST MEETING AGAINST PRINCETON
Heather Farrell’s goal on a breakaway with 38 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Ohio State women’s hockey team past Princeton, 2-1, Dec. 15, 2001 in the series finale at the OSU Ice Rink. The win completed the Buckeyes’ sweep over the Tigers. Farrell also recorded the secondary assist on Erin O’Grady’s goal.

The Buckeyes forechecked well in the first period, keeping a lot of the action in the neutral zone, but were unable to keep the Tigers off the board. Susan Hobson scored at the 13:45 mark of the first from Gretchen Anderson off a Buckeye turnover deep in their own zone.

Less than two minutes into the second stanza, O’Grady knotted the game at one with her first goal of the season. Farrell beat out a 2-on-1 along the boards and got the puck to Lindsey Ogren who found O’Grady in front of the Tiger net. The Buckeyes were unable to score through two power-play opportunities in the second before Shana Frost drew a penalty shot when she went on a breakaway and Angela Gooldy hooked her from behind. Frost could not convert on the shot, the Buckeyes’ first penalty shot in program history.

After a scoreless third period, the teams skated into a five-minute sudden victory overtime period. Farrell got control of the puck in the neutral zone and went on a breakaway, putting her shot past Princeton goalie Sarah Ahlquist with 38 seconds remaining.

Ohio State outshot Princeton, 31-29. The Buckeyes were unable to convert on two power-play chances and held the Tigers scoreless through four opportunities.

AROUND THE LEAGUE
Ohio State is one of four teams in the WCHA that are competing this weekend.

Teams in the WCHA are 21-13-2 against non-conference opponents this year.

WCHA STANDINGS
The Buckeyes have moved back up to fourth in the WCHA with 10 points. Only two points away from Wisconsin the third team in the league. Ohio State is 4-6-2 in the league.

WCHA LEADERS
Ohio State players rank among the top in the WCHA.

Point Scoring GP PPG G-A-P T6. Jeni Creary 12 1.17 5-9-14

Power-Play Points: GP PPG G-A-P T1. Jeni Creary 12 0.67 2-6-8

Defense Scoring: GP PPG G-A-P 5. Emma Laaksonen 10 0.90 1-8-9

Goals Against Average: Min. GA GAA 3. Natalie Lamme 330:47 11 2.00

Save Percentage: Saves GA Pct. 4. Natalie Lamme 125 11 .919

Scoring Offense: Goals G/GM 4. Ohio State 28 2.33

Scoring Defense: Goals G/GM 5. Ohio State 32 2.67

Penalty Minutes: PIM PIM/G 2. Ohio State 174 14.5

Power Play: Totals SHA PCT 5. Ohio State 10/67 0 14.9

Penalty Kill: Totals SHF PCT 4. Ohio State 56/64 1 87.5

SHUTOUTS
Ohio State recorded its first shutout this season against St. Cloud State, 6-0, Nov. 30 in Columbus.

OSU’s last shutout was March 2, 2001, when the Buckeyes defeated Findlay, 1-0, in Columbus.

CENTURY PENALTY COMING SOON
The Buckeyes are only one penalty away from tallying 100 penalties this season. They have recorded 212 minutes in the penalty box, averaging 6.2 penalties per game and 13.2 penalty minutes per game. The squad has recorded 95 minors, two majors and one game misconduct.

SOPHOMORE SENSATION
Sophomore Jeni Creary has played in all 16 contests and continues to lead the Buckeyes with 19 points, on eight goals and 11 assists.

LEADING THE D
Emma Laaksonen leads the Buckeye defense with 11 assists and 14 points. She is averaging 1.00 points per game, tied for seventh in the nation among defensemen.

ATTACK OF THE FRESHMEN
Crystal Sayther led the Buckeye freshman class with three points against St. Cloud State. Sayther scored her second goal of the season 9:48 into the second period and assisted on Heather Farrell’s goal in the third stanza Nov. 30. She recorded an assist on Farrell’s goal Dec. 1.

Jana Harrigan recorded a goal and an assist against St. Cloud State Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

EXCELLENT EFFORT
Sophomore Jennifer Desson led the Buckeye offense in their sweep of St. Cloud State, recording four points in the series. Desson recorded two goals against the Huskies Nov. 30 and a goal and an assist Dec. 1.

FIRST GOALS OF THE SEASON
In the last six games, five Buckeyes have recorded their first goals of the season.

Sophomore Jennifer Desson recorded the Buckeyes’ only goals against Providence Nov. 16, marking her first two goals of the season.

Juniors Erin O’Grady and Melissa Pirie each scored their first goal of the season against UConn Nov. 17.

Senior Heather Farrell tallied her first goal of the season at Wisconsin Nov. 22.

Lindsey Steblen recorded her first goal of the season against St. Cloud State Dec. 1.

IN THE NET
Ohio State’s goaltenders are senior April Stojak and freshman Natalie Lamme. Stojak has played 575:14 this season, recording 178 saves, and her record is 3-6-1. Lamme has started five games, tallying 150 saves. Her record is 2-3-1.

FIRST SIGNEE
Jackie Barto announced the first recruit of the 2003-04 freshmen class. Tessa Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend The Ohio State University and play hockey beginning with the 2003-04 season.

Bonhomme is a 5-foot-7-inch defenseman from Sudbury, Ontario. She is a member of the Sudbury Midget “AA” Wolves under head coach Rod Schutt. She has played for the Lasalle Secondary School team since 1999 under head coach Peter Kallio.

ON THE ROAD
OSU is 2-2-2 on the road this season, defeating Minnesota State, Mankato in two games and going 0-1-1 at Bemidji State and Wisconsin.

THIS TIME LAST SEASON
Twelve games into the 2001-02 season Ohio State was 7-6-3. OSU currently is 5-9-2 this season and has its eyes on improvement.

LAST TIME OUT – ST. CLOUD STATE – GAME 1
Ohio State shutout the St. Cloud State Huskies, 6-0, Nov. 30 at the OSU Ice Arena. The victory marked OSU’s first shutout this season.

The Buckeyes led the Huskies throughout the first period. OSU’s Jennifer Desson scored early in the period assisted by Jeni Creary at 4:16. Desson scored her second goal of the game, fourth goal of the season, on a power play at 11:05. Emily Hudak and Emma Laaksonen were credited with the assists. At the end of the period, Ohio State led St. Cloud State 2-0 in goals and 14-4 in shots.

Ohio State kept up the momentum in the second period by adding 17 shots and two goals. Crystal Sayther scored off her own deflected shot at 9:48 assisted by Heather Farrell. On Ohio State’s fourth power play, Jana Harrigan scored off an assist from Creary and Hudak at 16:50.

OSU kept the Huskies off the scoreboard and tallied two more goals in the third period. Ohio State’s Farrell scored on an assist from Lindsey Steblen and Sayther 8:42 into the period. Meaghan Mulvaney followed with her third goal of the season at 12 minutes, assisted by Hudak.

LAST TIME OUT –
ST. CLOUD STATE – GAME 2

Ohio State defeated St. Cloud State, 6-4, Dec. 1 at the OSU Ice Arena. The game marked the Buckeyes’ final home game until Jan. 25 when they take on Mercyhurst.

St. Cloud State’s Carrie Holldorf recorded the first goal of the game unassisted at 7:27. Ohio State followed scoring four goals in the period. Erin O’Grady scored a short-handed unassisted goal at 9:11, the Buckeyes’ first short-handed goal of the season. OSU’s Shana Frost tipped in the puck from a shot by Jana Harrigan for Ohio State’s second goal at 12:39. Harrigan and Jeanne Chapple assisted on the goal. Jennifer Desson soon followed with a goal assisted by Emily Hudak and Jeni Creary at 12:52. Meaghan Mulvaney and Desson assisted Emma Laaksonen on a goal at 15:13. At the end of the first period, OSU led the Huskies 4-1 in goals and 13-12 in shots.

Ohio State held strong in the second period. St. Cloud State’s Katie Hauge scored at 18:32 assisted by Calise Johnson and Kelly Stewart. The Buckeyes were unable to record a goal in the period, but they outshot the Huskies 14-6.

St. Cloud State tried to make a come back in the third period recording two goals. Every time the Huskies would score the Buckeyes followed with a goal of their own. Melanie Pudsey scored St. Cloud State’s third goal at 7:27. Within 20 seconds, OSU’s Lindsey Steblen tallied her first goal of the season and the game-winning goal at 7:40. Steblen’s goal was assisted by O’Grady. St. Cloud State’s Pudsey scored her second goal of the game at 17:21 bring the Huskies within one again. Heather Farrell tallied the final goal of the game for OSU, assisted by Crystal Sayther and Hudak.

STARS OF THE GAME
Jennifer Desson was named the No. 1 star, Emily Hudak the No. 2 star and Heather Farrell the No. 3 star of the game Nov. 30 by the Ohio State Athletics Communications Office.

Erin O’Grady wa named the No. 1 star, Hudak the No. 2 star and Lindsey Steblen the No. 3 star of the game Dec. 1 by the Ohio State Athletics Communications Office.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The WCHA announced Ohio State senior captain Emily Hudak has been named the conference defensive player of the week for the week ending Dec. 1.

Hudak led the Buckeyes to a 6-0, 6-4, sweep of St. Cloud State with a team-high five points. She recorded three assists and tallied a team-best +3 in OSU’s shutout Nov. 30. She anchored a defense that allowed St. Cloud State 18 shots on goal, including four in each the first and second periods. Hudak tallied another two helpers in the Buckeyes’ victory Dec. 1.

“Emily had a solid weekend against St. Cloud State,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “She played well on both the defensive and offensive sides of the puck. Emily was also a key part of our transition game.”

OHIO STATE REPRESENTED AT FOUR NATIONS CUP
Ohio State junior defenseman Emma Laaksonen competed for Team Finland in the 2002 Four Nations Cup, Nov. 6-10 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Laaksonen participated in all four games for Team Finland.

Laaksonen has competed in the prestigious tournament as a member of Team Finland since 1997. In the 2001 Four Nations Cup, Laaksonen recorded two assists.

The Four Nations Cup, previously known as the Three Nations Cup, is a round-robin tournament that has been held the last six years (1996-2001). Canada, Finland and the United States competed until 2000, when Sweden was added to the field.

She has been a member of the Finnish Team since 1997, competing in 72 games, recording seven goals and 11 assists.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State sophomore Jeni Creary was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for the conference for the week ending Oct. 13.

Creary recorded one goal and three assists in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 victory against Minnesota State, Mankato in the season opener Friday. She led the Buckeyes with two goals, including the game-winning score, and one assist Saturday in the 3-1 win against MSU. She completed the weekend with 16 shots and a +1 rating.

“Jeni had a very solid weekend and generated a lot of scoring opportunities, particularly in our power plays,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said regarding Jeni’s accomplishments. “Jeni capitalized on her many scoring opportunities.”

OSU CAPTAINS
Ohio State returns 18 letterwinners for the 2002-03 season including nine forwards, seven defenders and two goaltenders. Nine of the letterwinners are seniors who have been at Ohio State since the beginning of the women’s ice hockey program four years ago.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORIENTED
The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team and coaches recently participated in the first Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) Buddy Walk Oct. 27 at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus.

The Buddy Walk raised funds to help support DSACO’s mission “to insure all persons with Down syndrome are given the opportunity to achieve their potential.” In addition, funds will go to support the National Down syndrome Society (NDSS)’s research, education and advocacy efforts.

NEW ASSISTANT COACH
Catherine Hanson recently was added to the OSU women’s ice hockey staff as an assistant coach. Hanson is a 1998 graduate of Providence College, where she received a degree in psychology and a minor in German.

Her responsibilities include developing the OSU defense, coordinating the recruiting process and assisting with daily practices and games.

Hanson began her coaching career as an assistant ice hockey coach at Colgate University during the 1999 season. This past year, she was an assistant coach at Wayne State University.

She also worked at the 2001 USA Hockey Mid-American District Camp in Kent, Ohio, and the 2002 USA Hockey Girls 14/15 Development Camp in Rochester, N.Y.

THE INAUGURAL CLASS
The first women’s ice hockey team at Ohio State played their first game Oct. 8, 1999, against Northeastern. The Buckeyes finished 8-26-3 overall and 6-15-3 WCHA. Nine players remain on the team – Katie Frohreich, Shana Frost, Carrie Gill, Emily Hudak, Lindsey Ogren, Chirstine Patno, Melissa Pirie, Lindsey Steblen and April Stojak.

The nine returning seniors bring a lot to the hockey program this season, since they have seen the program grow and mature from the beginning of its inaugural season in 1999-00.

“This year marks the graduation of our inaugural class of student-athletes in our program,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “They will always be an important part of the history of our program. They have helped develop a strong foundation for our program that will continue to grow in the future. What they have accomplished here in their careers will be a part of our history forever. This years senior class will bring an intangible element as they lead us through an extremely competitive schedule.”

THE ROAD TO DULUTH
The Buckeyes play every WCHA team four times during the season, a two-game trip on the road and a two-game series at home. OSU will be playing two of the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four teams, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth.

“The WCHA has come so far in three years and is going to be even better than last year,” Barto said. “It is the most competitive women’s hockey leagues in the country. Which means we have to be very prepared and focused for every league game. But, it is going to make us the best team we can be in the long run.”

The non-league games also are important and the opponents are strong. OSU takes on Providence, Connecticut and Mercyhurst at home this season. Away opponents include Dartmouth,

St. Lawrence, who both ranked in the Top 10 last year, and Princeton.

The 2002 WCHA Championship will be held March 6-8 in Engelstad Arena at the University of North Dakota. The Buckeyes goal is to make it to the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four March 21 and 23 in Duluth, Minn.

FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES ONLINE
Information on the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is available online at the official website of Ohio State Athletics, ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For up-to-the-minute women’s ice hockey scores, statistics and standings around the league and the nation, check out www.collegehockeystats.com. The official website of the WCHA is www.wcha.com.

UP NEXT
Ohio State is taking a two-week break from play during the holidays. The Buckeyes will return to action for a two-game road trip out east. OSU faces Dartmouth at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. The Buckeyes then travel to Canton, N.Y., where they will take on St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Appleton Arena.