Feb. 19, 2005
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team shut out Niagara, 4-0, Saturday night at Dwyer Arena in Niagara Falls, N.Y. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-14-3 on the season, while the Purple Eagles fall to 11-14-3. Senior Jeni Creary and freshman Erin Keys lead the Buckeyes with a goal and an assist each in OSU’s first shutout of the season.
Ohio State and Niagara skated to a scoreless first period. The Buckeyes recorded nine shots and had two power-play opportunities. OSU held the Purple Eagles to five shots and held them scoreless on three power-play attempts.
The Buckeyes came out strong taking a 2-0 lead in the second period. Ohio State opened the period with a goal by Jeni Creary (Shell Lake, Saskatchewan) at 2:32. Junior Jana Harrigan (Burlington, Ontario) won a faceoff in OSU’s defensive zone and pushed it out to junior Jaclyn Haines (Rossland, British Columbia) who skated around the back of the net and passed to Creary who skated in to score her 23rd goal of the season. OSU’s second goal came from senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney (Sylvania, Ohio) as she pushed the puck pasted NU’s goalie at 14:28. Freshmen Erin Keys (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelby Aldous (LaSalle, Ontario) assisted on the goal. OSU outshot NU 18 to seven in the second stanza.
Ohio State scored two additional goals in the third period to secure a Buckeye victory. OSU went up 3-0 early in the third period. OSU’s Keys scored her second goal of the season on a pass from Mulvaney and Aldous in front of the net at 5:40. Sophomore Amber Bowman (Innisfil, Ontario) scored her fifth goal of the season on a power play at 7:03 Creary and sophomore Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario) assisted on the goal. OSU outshot NU 11 to four in the final stanza.
Ohio State sophomore goalie Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario) recorded 16 saves the 59:27 minutes of action. Niagara’s Nikki Rudy tallied 34 saves in 60 minutes.
Ohio State outshot Niagara 38-16. OSU held NU scoreless on all five power-play chances. The Buckeyes converted on 1-of-8 power-play opportunities.
Ohio State returns home for its final regular-season match-up when the Buckeyes take on Minnesota State at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 25 and 4:05 p.m. Feb. 26 in the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to the game Feb. 26 all five Ohio State seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments over the past four years.
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