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Oct. 8, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team officially opens its historic inaugural season on Oct. 8-9 when it takes on Northeastern University for a two-game face-off. OSU head coach Jackie Barto will look to improve her 6-8-3 overall record against the Huskies. Both Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time and will be played at the OSU Ice Arena.%^$

%^$OPENING CEREMONIES
%^$OSU Athletic Director Andy Geiger is scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck on Friday, Oct 8 versus Northeastern. Commemorative lapel pins will be given away to mark the inaugural season. %^$

%^$OSU GAINING NATIONAL RECOGNITION
%^$The Buckeyes received five votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Poll. The poll, published on Oct. 4, consists of ten voters, all coaches from Division I teams.
%^$Team (as of Oct. 4, 1999)
%^$1. Harvard (97)
%^$2. New Hampshire (88)
%^$3. Brown (79)
%^$4. Minnesota (57)
%^$5. Minnesota-Duluth (54)
%^$6. Northeastern (51)
%^$7. Dartmouth (48)
%^$8. Princeton (27)
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%^$Others receiving votes: Cornell (8), Ohio State (5), Niagara (3), Providence (3)%^$

%^$SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
%^$The Buckeyes start off the season against a competitive Northeastern team which is not only a contender in the ECAC, but one of the favorites. Despite the loss of All-American defenseman Jaime Totten, the Huskies return 18 letterwinners, including senior defensemen Jennie Setaro and Erine Metcalf. Setaro provides the Huskies with an aggressive counterattack while Metcalf excels with her heavy shot and intimidating size (5’11). Head coach Heather Lindstad, in her eighth year at the Huskie helm, led her squad to a 25-7-3 overall record last year and a fourth- place ECAC finish.%^$

%^$GUELPH EXHIBITION RECAP
%^$The Buckeyes fell, 3-1, to Guelph University in an exhibition game played at Value City Arena on Oct. 2. Freshman right wing Andrea Carlson scored the lone goal for OSU, unassisted at 8:42 in the third period.%^$

%^$BEGINNINGS WITH BARTO
%^$Head coach Jackie Barto begins her first season at the Ohio State helm. She began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Providence College. In her four years there, she compiled a successful record of 64-51-8 and captured two conference titles.%^$

%^$A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
%^$For the last five years, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) was the lone conference in the nation for women’s hockey teams. With the development of the WCHA, times have changed. Teams like Minnesota, Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State, who have had women’s hockey teams at least one year, now have a conference to call their own. Joining them will be four teams beginning its first year of women’s hockey-Bemidji State, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State.%^$

%^$OSU ICE ARENA RENOVATION
%^$In the last two months, major renovations have been made to the OSU Ice Arena tobring it into the 21st century. The facility, originally constructed in 1961, features a larger ice surface of NHL dimensions (200×85). Both bench areas and penalty boxes were refurbished and the building was brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new emergency exit was installed in the south entrance and the lockerroom areas were made more accommodating to visiting teams.%^$

%^$CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED
%^$Corinne Rosen and Kylee Reade have been named co-captains for the 1999-00 season. Defensemen Katie Frohreich also has been named assistant captain. Rosen, a native of Milwaukee, Wis. and transfer from Providence College, led the Friars with 34 points and competed in all 34 games. Reade will bring valuable leadership to the squad after competing on the OSU lacrosse team last season. Frohreich, from Baudette, Minn., was the assistant captain of the Minnesota Thoroughbreds where she led them to a state championship.%^$

%^$THE STRENGTH OF THE SQUAD
%^$While most teams are satisfied with one starter and one solid backup, the Buckeyes will have two outstanding goaltenders to choose from – Melissa Glaser and April Stojak. Barto believes both will combine to make OSU’S goaltending duo the strongest in the WCHA. Stojak is a three-time participant in the prestigious Hockey Night in Boston and was named the Most Outstanding Goalie of the event in 1997 and ’98. Also a three-time participant at Hockey Night in Boston, Glaser has won multiple awards at the event, including MVP (1998), the Senior Award for dedication and leadership (1999) and the Top Goalie Award (1996).%^$

%^$GETTING DEFENSIVE
%^$A goalie is only as good as the defense in front of it and the group of defensemen this year looks strong. A solid group of blueliners will help make life on both goalies much easier and have the potential to chip in some offensive production as well. Two defenders who should make significant contributions are Katie Frohreich and Emily Hudak. The two compliment each other well – Frohreich brings aggressiveness to the ice while Hudak has excellent vision and good size.%^$

%^$MORE ON DEFENSE
%^$Kristen Ankerson and Lindsey Steblen also will be making major contributions on the defense attack. Ankerson combines excellent skating ability with an aggressive style of play while Steblin has good puck handling skills and the ability to make good decisions on the ice.%^$

%^$STEPPING FORWARD
%^$Andrea Carlson and Lindsey Ogren, along with Shana Frost and Melissa Pirie bring a plethora of talent at the forward position. Known for her ability to create turnovers, Carlson combines tremendous skating ability with quickness that will make her a force on the forecheck. A finalist for Minnesota’s Ms. Hockey in 1999, Ogren brings a strong hockey sense and a tremendous work ethic. Frost and Pirie will bring both their size and aggressiveness to make things happen for the Buckeyes.%^$

%^$1999-00 SCHEDULE
%^$Just because the Buckeyes are a member of a new league playing a number of teams in their first year of competition, that in no way means the schedule is easy. Eight of Ohio State’s 10 non-conference games are against teams from the vaunted ECAC, a conference that has sponsored a women’s championship since the 1983-84 season. And the best competition is what they will be getting. A home series against Northeastern as well as road trips to play Yale, Princeton and New Hampshire dot the schedule. Make no doubt, these young Buckeyes will be tested.%^$

%^$JUST LIKE SCOONIE
%^$Like senior OSU men’s basketball player Scoonie Penn, Corrine Rosen has followed her former coach from Providence College to Ohio State. She competed for the Friars for two years, starting in a total of 34 games and finished third on the team in points last season (34). And again like Penn, the 5-5 forward will provide a scoring punch to this young squad with her aggressive play and great work ethic.%^$

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-GO BUCKS!-