Oct. 21, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team faces Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the newly renovated OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are on a three-game winning streak.
The game Friday will be broadcast live by The Underground: Ohio State University’s only student-run radio station. The game can be heard on UNITS cable channel 4 or at www.underground.fm/sports.
Best Season Start
With a 3-1-0 record, the Buckeyes are off to their best start in program history. Last year, OSU lost its first four games before going on a nine-game unbeaten streak.
Scouting No. 4 Wisconsin
The Badgers (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) enter this weekend on a four-game winning streak, as they swept Wayne State in non-conference action their first weekend out and defeated Bemidji State last weekend.
Leading Wisconsin this season is sophomore forward Lindsay Macy with 13 points, four goals and nine assists. Not far behind with 10 points is sophomore Sara Bauer who is leading the team with six goals. The forward was named the USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week for scoring her first career hat trick vs. Wayne State Oct. 8.
Splitting time in net for the Badgers are sophomore Christine Dufour and junior Meghan Horras. Dufour has recorded two shutouts and 35 saves this season. Horras has recorded 30 saves on 33 shots this season, posting a .909 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
Badgers Head Coach
Now in his third season at the helm of the women’s hockey program, Mark Johnson has recorded a 47-14-8 record and an 32-11-5 record in the WCHA. Johnson was named the 2003 WCHA Co-Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year in only his first at the helm.
A former Badger, Johnson is the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 256 points in three seasons. Johnson was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic “Miracle-On-Ice” Team and had a successful 11-year NHL career. Two weeks ago he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for his individual accomplishments as a player and coach.
Buckeyes vs. Badgers
The Buckeyes and Badgers will be meeting for the 24th and 25th times in OSU program history. Wisconsin leads the all-time series 16-2-5. The Buckeyes are looking for their first victory over the Badgers in the OSU Ice Rink, as UW is 7-0-3 in Columbus, Ohio.
Last Time vs. UW
Ohio State fell 5-4 in overtime to Wisconsin in the consolation game of the 2004 WCHA Final Five March 14 in Minneapolis, Minn. Wisconsin jumped out early taking a 3-0 lead in the first period. Ohio State made a comeback, scoring three goals in the second period. Both teams kept up their momentum, with each tallying one goal in the third period. At the end of regulation, the teams were tied at 4-all. Wisconsin won the game on its second shot on goal early in overtime. UW outshot OSU 29-26. The Buckeyes held the Badgers scoreless on all three power-play chances. OSU was 1-for-6 on the power play.
Buckeyes vs. WCHA
Ohio State holds a 46-63-14 record against WCHA teams. The Buckeyes are in their sixth season as a member of the league.
Coach Barto vs. Wisconsin
Jackie Barto, Ohio State’s head coach, has compiled a 2-16-5 record against Wisconsin. Prior to OSU, Barto coached Providence, but the Friars never faced UW.
Points All Around
Ten Buckeyes already have tallied points four games into the season. Four of the 10 are rookies – Jody Heywood (1-1-2), Mallory Peckels (0-2-2), Shelby Aldous (1-0-1) and Erin Keys (0-1-1).
Last Time Out
Ohio State swept Minnesota State last weekend in Mankato, Minn., marking the Buckeyes’ first sweep of the season. OSU defeated MSU, 2-1, Friday and, 4-2, Saturday. Ohio State improved its record to 20-1-2 all-time against Minnesota State and extended its winning streak to four games vs. the Mavericks.
Leading the Buckeyes in their sweep over MSU was senior forward Jeni Creary, who scored two goals in the third period to clinch the lead both Friday and Saturday. So far this season, Creary is second on the team with four points and leads OSU with two power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
The goaltending duo of senior Melissa Glaser and sophomore Erika Vanderveer are putting up impressive numbers this season. Both have started two games in net for the Buckeyes, Glaser earned her first win of the season Friday (1-1-0), while Vanderveer claimed her second victory Saturday (2-0-0). Glaser has a 1.51 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. Vanderveer has a 1.50 gaa and a .938 save percentage.
Buckeye Special Teams
The Buckeye penalty-killing unit is off to a successful season, stopping their opponents on 15-of-18 chances. Ohio State held Minnesota State to 12-of-14 opportunities over the weekend.
Ohio State struggled on the power play Friday, converting just one of 10 chances. The Buckeyes came back with their best performance of the season Saturday, as they converted on three of nine opportunities.
Leading The Way
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the squad with five points (1-4-5) each after four games this season. The Burlington, Ontario, native also leads the Buckeyes in the assists category with four. Harrigan is the lone Buckeye to tally a point in every game so far this season.
Add two more gamewinners to senior Jeni Creary’s stats, as she scored both the game-winning goals in OSU’s sweep over Minnesota State. Creary leads Ohio State’s record books with 13 career game-winning goals.
Freshman Class Taking a Stand
In four games this season four of the nine freshmen have recorded points – Jody Heywood (1-1-2), Mallory Peckels (0-2-2), Shelby Aldous (1-0-1) and Erin Keys (0-1-1).
Freshman Mallory Peckels from Minocqua, Wis., leads Ohio State with a +4 rating. Seven other Buckeyes have at least a +1 rating.
Defensemen Tessa Bonhomme returned to the Buckeye lineup at Minnesota State after competing in the Canadian Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 3-10 in Kitchener, Ontario. She had a hand in three of OSU’s six goals on the weekend.
Ohio State’s defense is back in action as they are holding opponents to just 1.5 goals per game. This season Ohio State has allowed six goals in four games.
Keep Them Coming
Last season, Jeni Creary made her mark in the OSU record books as she became the first Buckeye to reach 100 career points. Creary concluded her junior year with two goals and an assist in the WCHA Final Five to move her career point total to 101, breaking the OSU record of 98 set by Shana Frost (1999-03).
This season, Creary has recorded four points to improve her career mark to 105 points (61-44).
Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme, who was named to the 2004 Canadian Under-22 Team, competed at the Canadian Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 3-10 in Kitchener, Ontario.
Bonhomme recorded a goal and four assists in the tournament. The Sudbury, Ontario, native assisted on a power-play goal the second night of competition against Canada’s Red Team. In the third night of action, Oct. 9, Bonhomme posted two assists vs. Russia. Bonhomme’s team, Canada White, advanced to the gold medal game of tournament where it defeated Canada’s Red Team Oct. 10. Bonhomme scored the first goal of the game and an assist to earn player of the game.
WCHA Coaches’ Poll
The WCHA released its annual Preseason Coaches Poll and Players of the Year Oct. 7. Ohio State was ranked fourth with 50 points. Minnesota, the defending WCHA and NCAA champion, was selected first for the second straight year with 70 points. Wisconsin was picked second, receiving 64 points and one first place vote. Minnesota-Duluth was ranked third with 58 points.
New to the Bunch
Ohio State added nine freshmen to the team this season, marking the biggest rookie class since the inaugural season when 18 freshmen joined the team.
The Buckeye Returnees
The Buckeyes boast 14 returning players, including seven forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders, to lead the charge in the upcoming campaign. Among the group are five seniors who will be looked upon to guide the squad to a winning season, including second-year captain Meaghan Mulvaney and alternate captains Melissa Glaser and Jeni Creary.
“We are going to have good chemistry this year,” head coach Jackie Barto, who has been with the program since its inception, said. “I am really excited about the student-athletes and the way they are coming together. Not only just our captain and alternate captains, but our senior class is dedicated to the success of the program. They are very good leaders who are going to lead from the top down.”
Addition to The Program
New to the Ohio State program this season is assistant coach Katie Lachapelle. She comes to OSU from Niagara where she served as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach. The Purple Eagles recorded a 49-49-8 record during her three-year stint and made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four. She was involved in all facets of the Niagara program including recruiting, coordinating team travel, monitoring academics and coaching the forwards.
Prior to Niagara, Lachapelle was an assistant coach at Union College for two years. A native of Lewiston, Maine, Lachapelle graduated from Providence in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in social science.
2003-04 Season Recap
Ohio State ended the 2003-04 season with a fourth-place finish in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and tournament. The season marked another successful year as the Buckeyes went 16-16-3 overall and finished 10-12-2 in league play.
The Buckeyes also set three program records. For the first time Ohio State went on a nine-game unbeaten streak (Nov. 14-Jan. 3). During that time OSU had a seven-game winning streak, from Nov. 14-Dec. 12, breaking the six-game streak in the 2000-01 season. The Buckeyes also won five consecutive conference games, breaking the previous record of four from the 2001-02 season.
Ohio State plays 18 games, 10 home and eight on the road, before heading into the holiday break.
The Buckeyes open January with three home series before entering their toughest part of the season, during which they will compete four consecutive weekends on the road. OSU concludes the regular season at home vs. Minnesota State Feb. 25-26. The Buckeyes play every WCHA team four times during the season, with a two-game series on the road and a two-game series at home.
Ohio State will face three nonconference opponents this year, including Northeastern, who the Buckeyes went 1-0-1 against last season, Nov. 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio. The Yale Bulldogs travel to the state of Ohio to face the Buckeyes in only the second meeting between the teams; their first meeting was Nov. 27, 1999 at a Providence tournament. Ohio State will make its first trek to Niagara Falls, N.Y., at the end of the season. Last year marked the first meeting between the two teams, when the Buckeyes swept the Purples Eagles in Columbus.
The WCHA has expanded to an eight-team championship this season, which will be held March 3-7 at Ridder Arena, the site of the 2005 WCHA Final Five, in Minneapolis, Minn. The NCAA expanded its tournament to eight teams, adding regional games which will be held at campus sites March 18-20. The 2005 NCAA Frozen Four will be held March 25 and 27 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.
USCHO.com Game of the Week
Beginning in November, USCHO.com will present the first-ever national game of the week internet broadcast for women’s hockey. Fans will be able to access the live game feeds through the broadcast schedule at www.uscho.com/women.
Two Ohio State games are included in the 21 regular-season schedule, which spreads across the four Division I conferences.
On the Radio
Ohio State will appear on the internet seven times this season between USCHO.com and The Underground. The following is the broadcast schedule as of Oct. 20:
Ohio State 2004-05 Radio Broadcast Schedule
Oct. 8 St. Cloud State The Underground Oct. 22 Wisconsin The Underground Jan. 8 Minnesota-Duluth USCHO.com Jan. 14 Yale The Underground Jan. 15 Yale The Underground Jan. 22 Minnesota USCHO.com Feb. 25 Minnesota State The Underground
Up Next for the Buckeyes
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.
Live Stats and Web Information
New for the 2004-05 season, live stats from every Buckeye home game be found online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
Also, keep track of the latest women’s ice hockey news, scores and stats by logging on to the Ohio State athletics website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The website also will feature an “On the Road with the Buckeyes” each road trip by junior forward Cyrstal Sayther.