Jan. 12, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team continues its six-game homestand as the Buckeyes play host to non-conference opponent Yale at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.
The both games vs. Yale will be broadcast live by The Underground: Ohio State University’s only student-run radio station. The games can be heard on UNITS cable channel 4 or at www.underground.fm/sports.
Live stats from the game can be accessed by going to the women’s hockey schedule page at ohiostatebuckeyes.com and clicking the Gametracker link.
Yale enters the series 10-8-0 and tied for first in the ECACHL with an 8-3-0 record. Out of conference the Bulldogs are 2-5 this season, following four consecutive non-conference losses to Mercyhurst, Maine and New Hampshire.
The Bulldogs’ penalty-kill is ranked fourth in the nation stopping their opponents on 99-of-110 power-play opportunities (90 percent). Yale’s power play has converted on 14.1 percent of its chances.
Seven Bulldogs have posted double-digits in points this season. Leading the pack with 17 points is senior defenseman Erin Duggan with seven goals and 10 assists. Duggan is ranked seventh in the nation among defensemen averaging .94 points per game just one spot ahead of Ohio State’s Tessa Bonhomme, who is averaging .93 points per game.
Three netminders have seen the ice for Yale this season. Leading the trio is junior Sarah Love with a 9-7-0 record. Love is averaging 2.58 goals-against and has a .909 save percentage.
Bulldogs Head Coach
Hilary Witt is in her fourth season with the Yale program and her third as the head coach. Witt is a 2001 graduate of Northeastern University, where she led the Huskies in scoring three of her four seasons and finished her career as Northeastern’s all-time leader in goals (113) and points (207). Following graduation, Witt was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
The series this weekend marks only the second and third times the teams have met. They faced off in OSU’s inaugural season at the 1999 Princeton Invitational Tournament where Yale defeated OSU, 1-0.
Last Time vs. Yale
Ohio State suffered a 1-0 defeat to Yale in the first game at the Princeton Invitational Tournament Nov. 27, 1999 in Princeton, N.J. Yale’s Amy LeClair scored late in the first period to give the Bulldogs the victory. OSU outshot Yale, 30-14.
Last Time Out
Ohio State’s seven-game home unbeaten streak was halted last weekend by No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth. OSU fell 8-3 Jan. 7 and lost by one goal Jan. 8 (3-2) in the OSU Ice Rink.
Senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney led the team with two goals on the weekend. Freshman Lisa Chesson and junior Jana Harrigan each recorded a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes.
First Goal Advantage
Ohio State scored the first goal of the game against Minnesota-Duluth Sunday however the Buckeyes eventually lost 3-2. It marked the first contest this season the Buckeyes did not win after scoring the first goal of the game.
Buckeyes vs. ECACHL
The series this weekend marks the first and only ECACHL team Ohio State will face this season. All-time the Buckeyes are 4-9-1 against current ECACHL teams. Ohio State has a 3-2-1 home-ice advantage over squads in the league. OSU has not faced an ECACHL team since Jan. 2, 2003, when Ohio State lost 6-5 at Dartmouth.
OSU vs. Non-Conference
The Buckeyes have a 1-0-1 record vs. non-conference opponents this season. The Buckeyes tied and defeated Northeastern in overtime Nov. 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio.
OSU will make is first trek to Niagara Falls, N.Y., this year. Ohio State is set to face Niagara, a College Hockey America member, Feb. 18-19. Last season marked the first meeting between the teams, when the Buckeyes swept the Purple Eagles in Columbus.
Senior assistant captain Jeni Creary tops the Buckeye charts in four categories this season – goals (14), power-play goals (9), game-winning goals (4) and shots (95).
With 22 points 20 games into the season Creary already has surpassed her of 20 points set last season.
Points in the Rink
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with 19 points in the OSU Ice Rink this season. Second is senior Jeni Creary with 14 points. Meaghan Mulvaney and Harrigan lead with seven goals each on OSU’s home ice.
Goalie Erika Vanderveer is 3-1-1 at home this season and has compiled a 1.38 goals-against average on home ice. Melissa Glaser is 4-3-0 at home with an .885 save percentage.
Keep It Coming
Forward Jana Harrigan enters this weekend on a four-game point streak. Harrigan has posted six points, on one goal and five assists, in the stretch.
Back in the Line-Up
Junior forward Katie Sershen entered the line-up and received ice time last weekend vs. Minnesota-Duluth after missing the first half of the season because of injury.
The Difference Maker
Game two of a series could be the difference maker for the Buckeyes the rest of the season. Through the first half of the season OSU is 7-3-0 in the second game of a series. In the first game of the series OSU is 3-6-1.
Home Ice Run Halted
The Buckeyes’ seven-game unbeaten streak in the OSU Ice Rink was halted by Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. OSU has posted a 7-4-1 home record this season.
Nearing the Top
Four Ohio State players are gaining on the top players in the country in several categories this season. Jana Harrigan is tied for 13th averaging 1.00 assists per game and is 16th averaging 1.56 points per game. Harrigan also is moving up in the points per game category to 22nd, averaging 1.50.
Jeni Creary is tied for 19th averaging .70 goals per game and is still tied for third with nine power-play goals this season.
Two Buckeye sophomore defensemen are ranked this week. Tessa Bonhomme is seventh averaging .93 points per game among defensemen and Amber Bowman is 11th averaging .70 points.
Go PP Go
Ohio State’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation with an 18.6 percent success rate (21-of-113).
On The Sixth Day
The Buckeyes are 6-3-1 in games played on Saturday, but are 1-5-0 on Fridays. OSU is 3-1-0 on Sundays.
Ohio State has posted a 5-2-1 record in games starting before 5 p.m. this season. The Buckeyes are 5-7-0 in late games.
Play Makers on The Power Play
Five Buckeyes have tallied 10 or more points on the power play this season. Jana Harrigan leads the pack with 13 points, on three goals and 10 assists. Not far behind with 11 points is Jeni Creary (9-2). Sophomore defensemen Tessa Bonhomme (5-5) and Amber Bowman (2-8) along with senior captain Meaghan Mulvaney (2-8) all have tallied 10 points on the power play this season.
Trio at the Top
Ohio State’s top line of Jana Harrigan, Mallory Peckels and Jeni Creary have combined for 60 points, almost half of the team’s total 128 points this season.
Double Digit Leaders
Twelve games into the season, five Buckeyes have recorded points in the double digits. Jana Harrigan leads the team with 30 points, while Jeni Creary has 22. Meaghan Mulvaney recorded 17 points. Sophomores Tessa Bonhomme and Amber Bowman are not far behind with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Seniors Leading the Way
The Ohio State senior class is leading the team with 43 points this season. The group has combined for 24 goals and 19 assists. Not far behind are the juniors with 35 points (12-23). The sophomores have tallied 31 points (9-22), while the freshmen have 19 points (7-12).
Points All Around
Fifteen of 18 skaters have tallied points 20 games into the season. Fourteen of the 15 have scored at least one goal.
Five of the 14 are rookies – Mallory Peckels (1-7-8), Lisa Chesson (2-2-4), Jody Heywood (2-1-3), Shelby Aldous (1-1-2) and Erin Keys (1-1-2).
Jeni Creary has made her mark in the career record books topping four categories – points (123), goals (71), power-play goals (33) and game-winning goals (14).
Junior Jana Harrigan leads the Buckeyes with eight multiple-point games this season.
Not far behind with seven is senior Jeni Creary. Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme and senior Meaghan Mulvaney have both tallied five.
Career Mark Set
Head coach Jackie Barto set a career mark Nov. 21 vs. Bemidji State, as she earned her 150 career win. In 11 seasons as a head coach, Barto has a 152-156-27 career record.
Still to Come
The Buckeyes are in the middle of six-game homestand before they hit the road Jan. 28-29. The toughest part of the season is still to come for OSU, during which the team will compete four consecutive weekends on the road beginning with St Cloud State Jan. 28-29. OSU concludes the regular season at home vs. Minnesota State Feb. 25-26.
Bring On The Awards
Ohio State has earned six player of the week honors this season, two from USCHO.com and four WCHA accolade.
Senior Jeni Creary was named USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17, WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 25 and Dec. 14.
Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.
Junior Jana Harrigan has received two WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors this season Nov. 16 and Nov. 22. Harrigan also received USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention.
Defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was one of 20 players representing Canada in the 2004 Four Nations Cup Nov. 10-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye to be selected to compete for the Canadian National Team and the second Ohio State player to participate in the round-robin tournament. Former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) competed for Finland in the Four Nations Cup all four years of her Ohio State career.
The Canadian roster announcement followed the seven-day Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 4-10 in Kitchener, Ontario, and represented the first step in an ongoing evaluation process for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
OSU’s Bonhomme made her presence felt at the Canada Thanksgiving Festival, scoring one goal and assisting on four. Bonhomme led her team (Canada White) to the gold medal as she recorded a goal and a helper to earn player of the game honors in the title game.
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 eight points to improve her career mark to 118 points (69-49).
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.
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 St. 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
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.
Up next for the Buckeyes
Ohio State concludes its six-game homestand as the Buckeyes take on No. 1 Minnesota at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 in the OSU Ice Rink.