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Feb. 25, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (10-20-2, 7-13-2 WCHA) finishes regular-season play at home this weekend. The Buckeyes play host to WCHA opponent Bemidji State (9-15-6, 5-12-5 WCHA) at 7:05 Friday and at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at OSU Ice Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

SIZING UP OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are 10-20-2 overall and 7-13-2 in the WCHA. The Buckeyes have tallied 73 goals and 114 assists, averaging 2.3 goals per game. OSU has allowed 96 goals this season, averaging 3.0 goals against per contest. They have had 183 penalties totaling 415 minutes in the box, averaging 5.7 penalties per outing.

ENDING HOME STRETCH
OSU closes its three-week home stretch this weekend against Bemidji State. The Buckeyes are 5-10-0 at home this season, defeating Connecticut, St. Cloud State twice and Minnesota State twice.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
Fourteen of the Buckeyes’ games this season have been decided by one goal. OSU is 4-10-0 in one-goal games.

LAST TIME OUT – BRIEF VERSION
Ohio State fell to No. 7 Wisconsin Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The Buckeyes were defeated 7-1 Feb. 21 and 2-1 Feb. 22.

Junior Heather Farrell recorded a goal assisted by Crystal Sayther and Erin O’Grady Friday. Sophomore Jennifer Desson netted a goal Saturday, assisted by Jana Harrigan.

NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD
OSU set a home attendance season record of 521 Saturday against Wisconsin in the OSU Ice Arena. The previous high of 397 was set Jan. 25 versus Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes’ all-time highest home attendance was 1,127 set Feb. 16, 2002 vs. Minnesota State in the OSU Ice Arena.

IMPORTANT SERIES
Ohio State clinched a spot in the WCHA Final Five after sweeping Minnesota State Feb. 14 and 15 in Columbus.

The series this weekend will determine the Buckeyes’ positioning in the tournament.

The Buckeyes are fourth in the WCHA and have a one-point lead over Bemidji State going into the series this weekend.

SENIOR SEND-OFF
Saturday will mark senior night at the OSU Ice Arena, in which Ohio State will honor Katie Frohreich, Shana Frost, Carrie Gill, Emily Hudak, Lindsey Ogren, Christine Patno, Lindsey Steblen and April Stojak in a ceremony prior to the game.

BUCKEYES VS. BEAVERS
The Buckeyes are 7-6-2 against the Beavers in the all-time series.

The last time the teams met was Nov. 1 and 2 in Bemidji, Minn. OSU tied Bemidji State, 1-1, in overtime and lost 4-2.

SCOUTING BEMIDJI STATE
The Beavers are 9-15-6 overall and 5-12-5 in the WCHA. Some of BSU’s wins include Ohio State and three games against St. Cloud State. Bemidji State also has recorded two important ties with No. 3 Minnesota and No. 6 Wisconsin.

The seniors are leading the pack, as three lead the Beavers in points this season – forward Amber Fryklund with 31 points (13-18), forward Lill Raynard with 22 points (9-13) and defenseman Lisa Peters with 17 points (3-14).

Two other Beavers have tallied double digits this season, juniors Caesare Stimson (11) and Guylaine Hache (10).

Leading Bemidji State in goal is junior Anik Cote. She has allowed 46 goals in 431 shots, a .893 save percentage. Cote has obtained a 5-10-2 record this season.

BSU is 17-of-125 on the power play this season. The Beavers’ penalty-killing unit has stopped 100-of-134 of their opponents’ chances.

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH
Bruce Olson, BSU head coach, is in his first year at the helm of the Beaver program. Olson comes to BSU after a highly-successful career at the high school level which spanned more than two decades. After a four-year playing career at Minnesota-Duluth from 1975-79, Olson took over the boy’s program at Minot High School in Minot, N.D. He directed Minor High to a pair of North Dakota state runner-up finishes in 1985 and 1987. In 1987 he was named North Dakota Hockey Coach of the Year.

LAST MEETING AGAINST
BEMIDJI STATE – GAME 2

Ohio State fell to Bemidji State, 4-2, Nov. 2 in Bemidji, Minn.

OSU dominated the first period, leading BSU 15-4 in shots and 17-2 in faceoffs. Ohio State freshman Jana Harrigan scored the first goal of the game at 12:11 from Jennifer Desson and Jeni Creary.

Bemidji State’s Katie Ward tied the game at one, 2:33 in the second period. BSU soon followed, scoring again at 3:44 to take the lead. BSU scored its third goal of the game 13:43 in the period. The Beavers won the ensuing faceoff and scored again at 13:47. Bemidji State led Ohio State 4-1 at the end of the second period.

Ohio State attempted a come back in the third period, but could not match the Beavers’ lead. Freshman Crystal Sayther scored her first collegiate goal on a pass from Emma Laaksonen 12:42 into the third period.

Freshman Natalie Lamme played 57:55 in the net for Ohio State, recording 22 saves. BSU’s Anik Cote recorded 37 saves.

The Buckeyes held the Beavers on two of their three power plays. OSU was 0-for-2 the power plays. The Buckeyes outshot the Beavers 39-26.

LAST MEETING AGAINST
BEMIDJI STATE – GAME 1

Ohio State tied the Bemidji State Beavers, 1-1 in overtime Nov. 1 in Bemidji, Minn.

The Buckeyes were unable to score on their first two power-play opportunities of the game. OSU’s first goal came 17:47 in the first period. Jeni Creary scored on an assist from Jennifer Desson.

Ohio State had several scoring opportunities, but was unable to get the puck by BSU’s goalkeeper, Jill Luebke. OSU led BSU in shots 12-8.

The Buckeyes led the game 1-0 until late in the third period. Bemidji State pulled its goalkeeper with 1:05 to go in the period and Lill Raynard scored at 19:12 to tie the game at 1-1. Regulation ended with the Buckeyes and Beavers tied.

In overtime, Ohio State and Bemidji State each had several scoring chances but neither was able to get the puck in the net. The game ended tied at one.

Freshman Natalie Lamme played all 65:00 in the net for Ohio State, recording 25 saves. Luebke recorded 27 saves.

Ohio State held Bemidji State scoreless on all five of its power-play opportunities. OSU was 0-for-5 on the power play. The Buckeyes outshot the Beavers 28-26

WCHA STANDINGS
The Buckeyes became the fourth team in the league standings when they took a pair of one-goal games from Minnesota State Feb. 14-15. OSU is one point ahead of Bemidji State in fifth.

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

Goals Against Average: Min. GA GAA 4. April Stojak 906:31 48 3.18

Winning Percentage: W-L-T Pct. 4. April Stojak 5-9-1 .367

Scoring Offense: Goals G/GM 4. Ohio State 47 2.14

Scoring Defense: Goals G/GM 4. Ohio State 71 3.23

Penalty Minutes: PIM PIM/G 2. Ohio State 317 14.4

Power Play: Totals SHA PCT 5. Ohio State 14/110 2 12.7

Penalty Kill: Totals SHF PCT 4. Ohio State 88/111 1 79.3

WCHA PIM
Ohio State is second in the WCHA with 297 penalty minutes. It is averaging 14.8 minutes per game. Minnesota-Duluth is leading the WCHA with 382 penalty minutes, averaging 17.4.

SHUTOUTS
Ohio State has recorded three shutouts this season. The first was against St. Cloud State, 6-0, Nov. 30 in Columbus. The second was a 4-0 shutout over Princeton on the road Dec. 14. The Buckeyes shut out St. Cloud State again, 1-0, Jan. 18 in St. Cloud, Minn.

THE SWEEP
The squad has swept three two-game series this season. Ohio State swept Minnesota State twice this season, once in Mankato (Oct. 11-12) and once in Columbus (Feb. 14-15). OSU’s second sweep was against St. Cloud State (Nov. 30-Dec. 1).

SOPHOMORES STILL LEADING
The sophomore class continues to lead the Buckeye squad with 71 points. Four of the five sophomores have tallied points – Jeni Creary (30), Jennifer Desson (20), Meaghan Mulvaney (16) and Jaclyn Haines (5).

APPROACHING 100 CAREER POINTS
Shana Frost and Emily Hudak are OSU’s all-time leaders in career points. They are approaching the 100-point mark. Frost has 94 points (45-49) and Hudak, the all-time assist leader, has 83 points (15-67).

DOUBLE-DIGIT BUCKEYES
Ten Buckeyes have reached double-digits in points this season. Last season, only seven players obtained more than nine points. The current record is 12 players from the 2000-01 season.

CREARY CREDITS
Jeni Creary is tied 12th in the nation with six power-play goals, she is averaging 0.19 for power-play goals per game. Creary also is tied at 17th with three game-winning goals.

RANKED ROOKIE
Jana Harrigan is ranked 16th in the nation averaging 0.75 points per game among freshman.

LEADING BUCKEYES
Sophomore Jeni Creary continues to lead the Buckeyes with 30 points, 17 goals and 13 assists, this season.

NATIONALLY KNOWN
Ranked 11th in the nation, junior Emma Laaksonen is averaging 0.77 points per game among defensemen.

LAST TIME OUT –
NO. 7 WISCONSIN – GAME 4

Ohio State fell to the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers, 2-1, Feb. 22 in front of a season-high crowd of 521 at OSU Ice Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Despite outshooting Wisconsin 10-7 in the first period, Ohio State was unable to score. Wisconsin’s Steph Boeckmann scored the first goal of the game at 6:06. The Badgers scored their second goal on the power play at 19:03 by Kendra Antony.

Ohio State came back with a goal in the second stanza. OSU’s Jana Harrigan set up Jennifer Desson for the power-play goal at 1:31.

The Buckeyes battled the Badgers in the third. Ohio State had 13 shots on goal, but could not get the puck past Wisconsin’s goalie.

Ohio State outshot Wisconsin 32-19. Ohio State held Wisconsin scoreless on 1-of-2 power-play opportunities. The Buckeyes were 1-for-5 on the power play.

Ohio State goalkeeper April Stojak recorded 17 saves in 59:25 minutes of play. Wisconsin’s Jackie MacMillan recorded 31 saves in 60:00 minutes.

LAST TIME OUT –
NO. 7 WISCONSIN – GAME 3

Ohio State was defeated by the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers, 7-1, Feb. 21 in Columbus, Ohio.

The first goal of the game was scored by Wisconsin’s Steph Boeckmann at 14:47. Ohio State was unable to get on the scoreboard in the first.

Seven goals, six by Wisconsin and one by Ohio State, were scored during the second period. Wisconsin’s Amy Vermeulen netted at goal at 1:36. UW’s Kathy Devereaux and Jackie Friesen each recorded power-play goals at 5:29 and 8:58, respectively. Ohio State’s Heather Farrell scored her sixth goal of the season at 10:03 assisted by Crystal Sayther and Erin O’Grady. Wisconsin tallied three more goals during the stanza, Friesen at 13:01 and 17:27 and Michelle Sikich at 18:46.

There was no scoring in the third period. Ohio State pressed during the stanza, recording 10 shots and holding Wisconsin to six shots.

Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 27-20. Ohio State held Wisconsin scoreless on 3-of-5 power-play opportunities. The Buckeyes were 0-for-6 on the power play.

Ohio State goalkeeper Natalie Lamme started the game and recorded 14 saves in 38:46 minutes of play, she was replaced by April Stojak saved six shots in 21:14 of play. Wisconsin’s Jackie MacMillan recorded 11 saves in 46:24 minutes and Meghan Horras tallied eight saves in 13:36 minutes

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.

HAINES DEFENSIVE POW
The WCHA announced Ohio State sophomore Jaclyn Haines named the conference defensive player of the week for the week ending Feb. 16. Haines led the Buckeye defense in a two game sweep over Minnesota State (2-1 OT, 5-4) Feb. 14-15. Feb. 14, she finished with a +1 rating and was on the ice during the Buckeyes’ overtime game-winning goal. Feb. 15, Haines led all players with three assists, went +3 and received No. 2 star of the game honors. Haines also was on the ice during OSU’s game-winning goal Saturday. Haines has played in 28 games, recording five assists and a +4 rating this season.

DEFENSEMAN IN EUROPEAN CUP
Emma Laaksonen missed the Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth series Jan. 31-Feb. 1 because she was competing in the European Challenge Cup, three games between Finland and Sweden. Laaksonen teamed up with Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Satu Kiipeli to play for Team Finland.

LAAKSONEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The WCHA announced Ohio State junior Emma Laaksonen was named the conference defensive player of the week for the week ending Dec. 15.

Laaksonen scored two goals in the 4-0 shutout against No. 8 Princeton Dec. 13. She aided the Buckeye penalty-killing unit, which held Princeton scoreless on all seven power plays during the series. Laaksonen was named the No. 1 star of the game Dec. 14.

Laaksonen is averaging 1.00 points per game, seventh in the nation among defensemen. She ranks second in points on the Buckeye squad with 16 overall.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The WCHA announced Ohio State senior captain Emily Hudak was 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.”

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.

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, Christine 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
Only five of the seven teams in the WCHA advance to the 2003 Women’s WCHA Final Five Championships.

The championship will be held March 6-8 in Engelstad Arena at the University of North Dakota.

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 heads to the WCHA Final Five in Grand Forks, N.D. The Buckeyes will face Bemidji State at 5:05 p.m. EST March 6 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.