Oct. 23, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior forward Jeni Creary scored two goals to lead the Ohio State women’s ice hockey to a 3-1 upset over No. 4 Wisconsin Saturday night at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. The victory marked OSU’s first home win over Wisconsin. With the series split, the Buckeyes improve to 4-2-0 overall and in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Badgers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the WCHA.
The first period was a competitive match-up with Ohio State posting eight shots to Wisconsin’s nine. The Badgers were able to get on the scoreboard first with a goal by Sara Bauer at 8:41.
Ohio State picked up its momentum in the second period. Ohio State tied up the game at 1-all when senior Jeni Creary (Shell Lake, Saskatchewan) capitalized on the OSU’s lone power play at 7:49. Creary recorded her fifth goal of the season and sophomores Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario) and Amber Bowman (Innisfil, Ontario) also had a hand in the goal. The Badgers attempted a goal, outshooing OSU 12 to five, but were unable to get the puck past OSU’s goalie Erika Vanderveer (So., Bradford, Ontario).The Buckeyes penalty-killing unit came up big, holding the Badgers scoreless on all three opportunities. OSU tallied five shots in the stanza.
Ohio State took the lead and clinched a victory when the Buckeyes scored their second power play of the game at 10:23 in the third period. Sophomore blueliner Bowman fired in a shot on a rebound from OSU’s leading scorer Jana Harrigan (Burlington, Ontario). Senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney (Sr., Sylvania, Ohio) also assisted on the goal. In a last attempt to tie the game, Wisconsin pulled its goalie at 19:03 to gain an extra-man advantage. Ohio State capitalized on the opportunity when Creary scored an empty-net goal assisted by freshman Mallory Peckels (Minocqua, Wis.) at 19:16.
Ohio State goalie Vanderveer played the full 60 minutes in net recording a season-high 34 saves on 35 shots. Wisconsin’s goalie Christine Dufour played the 59:28 minutes in net, posting 18 saves.
The Badgers tallied 35 shots to the Buckeyes’ 21. Ohio State held Wisconsin scoreless on all five power-play chances. OSU was 2-for-4 on the power play.
Ohio State takes on the WCHA’s newest team in the league North Dakota at 8:05 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in Grand Forks, N.D. The Buckeyes will be facing the Fighting Sioux for the first time. UND’s women’s hockey team is in its second year as a Division I program.
Ohio State won only its third game and first home game over Wisconsin in the five year history of the program. The Buckeyes still trail the Badgers 3-17-5 overall and 1-8-3 in Columbus.
The Buckeye special teams put up their best performance this season. The penalty-killing unit held Wisconsin scoreless on all five power plays. The OSU power play was 2-for-4 against the Badgers.
Sophomore Erika Vanderveer recorded a season-high 34 saves in the game Saturday. Just three shy of her career record set Feb. 21, 2004.
The win marked Ohio State first upset over a ranked opponent this season.
Jackie Barto, Ohio State head coach Tonight was a great team effort. It was an important win for the girls as well as the program. I am very proud of how they performed. We worked hard, played through the puck and converted our power-plays, which is everything you need to do to beat a great team like Wisconsin.
Jeni Creary senior wing “We came out on fire especially in the second and third periods. We played really well and we were really proud of ourselves tonight.”
Erika Vanderveer sophomore goalie “Well it is my first victory over Wisconsin being here at Ohio State and it just felt great.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook #4 Wisconsin vs Ohio State (Oct 23, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)
Wisconsin (5-1-0; 3-1-0 WCHA) vs. Ohio State (4-2-0; 4-2-0 WCHA) Date: Oct 23, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: OSU Ice Rink Attendance:340 Start time:7:07 pm End time:9:14 pm Total time:2:07
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Wisconsin 1 0 0 1 Ohio State 0 1 2 3
1st period – 1, WIS, BAUER, Sara/7 (COLE, Sharon/4) 8:41. Penalties – MIKKELSON, Meaghan, WIS (hooking) 10:51.
2nd period – 2, OSU, Jeni Creary/5 (Tessa Bonhomme/4, Amber Bowman/2) 7:49 (pp). Penalties – Shelby Aldous, OSU (hooking) :48; KLETZIEN, Heidi, WIS (checking) 7:19; Meaghan Mulvaney, OSU (checking) 11:29; Katie Maroney, OSU (obstruction-interference) 14:22.
3rd period – 3, OSU, Amber Bowman/2 (Jana Harrigan/5, Meaghan Mulvaney/2) 10:23 (pp). 4, OSU, Jeni Creary/6 (Mallory Peckels/3) 19:16 (empty net). Penalties – Jeni Creary, OSU (slashing) 3:46; MACY, Lindsay, WIS (obstruction-interference) 9:51; Meaghan Mulvaney, OSU (checking) 11:34; BURISH, Nikki, WIS (cross-checking) 19:50.
Shots on goal – WIS 9-12-14 35; OSU 8-5-8 21.
Power plays – WIS 0 of 5; OSU 2 of 4.
Penalties – WIS 4 (8 min); OSU 5 (10 min).
Goalies – WIS, DUFOUR, Christine 2-1-0 (59:28 minutes, 20 shots-18 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:32, 0-0); OSU, Erika Vanderveer 3-0-0 (60:00, 35-34).
A-340 T-2:07 Three stars: 1. Erika Vanderveer 2. Jeni Creary 3. DUFOUR, Christine Referee:Jay Mendel Linesman:Thomas Bevans; Erin Blair Win-Erika Vanderveer (3-0-0). Loss-DUFOUR, Christine (2-1-0). ID-260557