May. 2, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team held its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Holiday Inn on the Lane in Columbus. Several players received recognition for their athletic and academic achievements.

The team’s Academic Award was presented to freshman Pamela Patterson (Miramichi, New Brunswick) for having the team’s highest grade point average her first two quarters at Ohio State.

Freshman Erin Keys (St. Paul, Minn.) was voted the Most Improved Player by her teammates. The award is given to a player who has made outstanding improvements during the season through their consistent effort and hard work. Keys played in all 37 games for the Buckeyes, tallying three goals and three assists during the season.

The Seventh Player Award was given to senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney (Sylvania, Ohio) for her contributions to the team in the 2003-04 season. The award is given to a player who typically goes unnoticed in what they do during the course of games and practices. The player gives 100 percent at all times, has a great attitude and has made significant contributions to the team. Mulvaney finished the season fourth on the team with 26 points, on 12 goals and 14 assists. She was second with seven power-play goals.

Forward Mallory Peckels (Minocqu, Wis.) received the Most Valuable Freshman award. The honor is given to the freshman who has made the greatest contributions to the program. Peckels made an immediate impact on the team, finishing the season sixth with 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists).

Junior Jana Harrigan (Burlington, Ontario) earned the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award for demonstrating outstanding offensive abilities. Harrigan led the team with 54 points (16 goals and 38 assists), setting a new season high points in the Ohio State record books. She was a two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honoree and received national recognition when she was named an honorable mention. The Most Valuable Defensive Player award recipient was sophomore Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario) for demonstrating outstanding defensive abilities and making the greatest contribution to the team from her position. Bonhomme completed the season third with 27 points (7 goals, 20 assists)and was the sole Buckeye to finish with a +3 mark. Bonhomme also was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior Crystal Sayther (Burnsville, Minn.) was the recipient of the Scarlet and Gray Award, which is given to the most intense competitor, as voted on by the off-ice officials. Sayther finished the season with nine points on five goals and four assists.

Five Buckeye seniors were honored with a highlight video and framed jerseys – Jeni Creary (Shell Lake, Saskathewan), Jennifer Desson (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Melissa Glaser (Rockford, Ill.), Jaclyn Haines (Rossland, British Columbia) and Meaghan Mulvaney (Sylvania, Ohio).