Nov. 16, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (6-5-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) returns to Columbus to host North Dakota (2-8-0, 0-6-0 WCHA) in a conference series Nov. 17 and 19. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 12:07 p.m. Sunday at OSU Ice Rink.

The Buckeyes won (4-1) and tied (1-1) in a road series at Bemidji State to gain three points in the WCHA standings and extend their undefeated streak to five games. North Dakota did not play last weekend.

UND Series History
The Buckeyes have a 6-1-1 record all-time against the Fighting Sioux. After falling in their first meeting, Ohio State is undefeated in its last seven games and is currently on a three-game win streak vs. UND. Last season, OSU took three of four points in the Columbus series Nov. 18-19, skating to a 3-3 tie before winning 5-3 in game two. The Buckeyes swept the Sioux in Grand Forks (4-3 OT, 2-0).

Last Time Out: Bemidji State
Ohio State took three of four points in a WCHA series Nov. 10-11 at Bemidji State to move to a tie for fourth place in the league. It was just the second road series of the season for the Buckeyes who extended their undefeated streak to five games. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period Friday, the Buckeyes scored four unanswered goals, two in each period, for the 4-1 victory. Senior forward Katie Maroney scored twice, her first two goals of the season, while juniors Shelby Aldous and Jody Heywood each scored as well.

In the game Saturday, senior defenseman Amber Bowman scored an extra-attacker goal with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation to even the game at 1-1 and send it into overtime where the score would remain final.

Who’s Sioux?
North Dakota is 2-8-0 overall with a 0-6-0 record in WCHA games. The Fighting Sioux did not play last weekend and are looking to snap an eight-game winless streak. UND is led by Alexia Gagnon-Laplante (3g) and Randi Motsko (2g, 1a) with three points each. Fifteen Sioux have registered a point this season. Brittany Kirkham has played the majority of minutes in the UND goal, with a 2-7-0 record, 4.09 GAA and .878 save percentage.

Vanderveer WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
After back-to-back USCHO Defensive Player of the Week honors, senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer was recognized for the third week in a row, earning this week’s WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award the league announced Tuesday. She made 26 saves in each game for a total of 52 while allowing just two goals in the series. She stopped all four shots faced in overtime and 14 BSU power play shots on goal while the Beavers were 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.

Good in Goal
Erika Vanderveer has allowed just four goals in the last five games. She has stopped 153 of 156 shots faced for a .974 save percentage. For the season, Vanderveer is 5-2-1 with a 1.51 goals-against-average and .952 save percentage, the fourth-best in the nation.

That’s a First
Katie Maroney, Lacey Schultz and Michele Tonnessen each scored their first points of the season during the Bemidji State series. For Tonnessen, her assist on the final OSU goal Friday was her first career point as a Buckeye.

Get Shorty
Junior forwards Jody Heywood’s goal Friday at Bemidji State was scored shorthanded for her first career SHG goal of her career. The Buckeyes have scored four shorthanded goals by four different players this season to tie for the most in the nation.

Hold ‘Em
The Buckeyes were a perfect 7-for-7 in the penalty kills against Bemidji State last weekend. Ohio State has not allowed on opponent to score on the power play for five games in a row with a perfect 22-for-22 mark during those games.

That was Then…
Through 12 games this season, the Buckeyes have scored 41 goals while allowing 26 for a 6-5-1 record. Through the same amount of games last season, Ohio State had an identical 6-5-1 record, but scored only 31 goals while allowing 39.

More with the Man-Advantage
The Ohio State power play is 14-for-57 this season for a 22 percent conversion rate to tie for 10th in the NCAA and third in the WCHA. Junior Lisa Chesson leads the team with eight points on the power play, scoring all four of her goals this season with the man-advantage. Mallory Peckels (3g, 4a), Tessa Bonhomme (2g, 5a) and Amber Bowman (1g, 6a) are tied for second with seven PP points. Chesson’s four power play goals are tied for ninth-most in the nation.

In 36 games last season, the Buckeyes scored just 20 power play goals, going 20-for-158.

Keys is Key
Junior forward Erin Keys has been an important part of the Ohio State offense this season. She is tied for the team lead in points (13), assists (8) and plus/minus (+9). She is second in goals with five and his fired an OSU-high 38 shots on goal.

All In
Through 12 games, Eighteen of 19 Buckeye skaters have scored a point this season. Thirteen players have scored a goal and 15 have notched an assist. Ten players have tallied both.

Offensive Defensemen
Three of OSU’s top five scorers are defensemen. Amber Bowman is tied for first with 13 points, followed by Lisa Chesson in a tie for third with 12 points. Tessa Bonhomme is fifth with 11. Bonhomme ranks eighth in the NCAA in defenseman scoring with 1.10 points per game. Bowman is tied for ninth (1.08) and Chesson is tied for 12th (1.00).

Already One for the Books
Through 12 games, sophomore Morgan Marziali has already had a career season. She assisted on a goal in each of the games at Bemidji State and has recorded a point in six of the last seven games.

Marziali added an assist to her two goals Nov. 3 vs. UConn for a career-high three-points. It was her second multiple-goal game of the season.

After scoring just three goals and nine points in 32 games as a freshman, Marziali has a team-high six goals and is tied for third in points with 12.

Bonhomme, Team Canada Win Four Nations Cup
Junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme and Team Canada won the 2006 Four Nations Cup with a 5-2 victory over Team USA Nov. 12 in Kitchener, Ontario. It is the ninth Four Nations title for the Canadians in the last 11 events. Bonhomme, in her second stint on Canada’s Four Nations roster, played in three of the four games and recorded an assist. The tournament involves the women’s national teams from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland.

Bonhomme is a three-time member of the Canadian Under-22 team. She most recently was named to the 2006-07 team in August and will compete with the team in January at the 2007 European Air Canada Cup in Germany.

Career Firsts
Freshman forward Michele Tonnessen assisted on the final OSU goal Friday at Bemidji State for her first career point. Sophomore Olivia Antognoli scored Nov. 3 vs. UConn for her first goal and point as a Buckeye. Also recording career firsts this season are: Megan Hostasek (first assist – Oct. 6), Raelyn LaRocque (first goal/point – Oct. 6, first assist – Oct. 7), Rachel Davis (first assist/point – Oct. 7), Jill Mauch (first appearance in goal – Oct. 6).

Start of a New Record?
The 1-1 tie Saturday at Bemidji State was Ohio State’s second overtime contest of the season. Last year, the Buckeyes tied their own NCAA record with 10 overtime games. The team was 3-2-5 in the extra sessions.

Best of the Blueliners
Senior Amber Bowman and junior Tessa Bonhomme are climbing the Ohio State records for career points by a defenseman. Bowman ranks third all-time, followed by Bonhomme at fourth. Laaksonen (2001-04) hold the record with 99 points.

With a goal at Bemidji State, Bowman increased her career total to 77 (25g, 52a). Bonhomme has a career total of 58 (16g, 42a).

Up Next
Ohio State returns to Minnesota for a WCHA series against Minnesota State Nov. 24-25 in Owatonna. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday.