Dec. 14, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s hockey team (8-6-3 overall, 4-5-3 in the WCHA) cruised to a 3-0 win over visiting Princeton (7-4-2 overall, 3-2-0 in the ECAC Northern League) Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Jeni Creary (Fr., Shell Lake Saskatchewan/Notre Dame College) scored the gamewinner on Ohio State’s first shot of the game and assisted in Lindsey Steblen’s (Jr., Clayton, N.Y./Immaculate Heart Central) first goal of the season at the 15:41 mark of the third period. Jennifer Desson (Fr., Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul’s) recorded two assists in the shutout. Ohio State is 6-1-1 in its last eight outings.
Just 2:07 into the game, Creary scored her 15th goal of the season on the Buckeyes’ first shot of the night. Desson skated in front of the Tiger net but couldn’t get a good shot off so she dinked a pass to Creary who ripped a shot to the top shelf, beating Princeton goalie Megan Van Beusekom. The Buckeyes did not take another shot on net until over six minutes later but would hold on to a 1-0 lead through two periods as they focused on the defensive side of the puck.
Princeton outshot Ohio State, 13-3, in the second stanza by virtue of three power-play opportunities in which the Tigers took nine shots. Buckeye netminder Melissa Glaser (So., Rockford, Ill./St. Mark’s) had an outstanding game between the pipes, tallying 13 saves in the second including stopping Gretchen Anderson’s shot with her left skate at 16:24.
Emily Hudak (Jr., Marblehead, Mass./Cushing) put Ohio State up, 2-0, at 12:41 in the third period. Desson got control of the puck behind the left post of the Tiger net and passed it to Jeanne Chapple (So., Vadnais Heights, Minn./Mounds View) who took a shot, picked up her own rebound and took another shot, which was blocked by a defenseman. Hudak grabbed Chapple’s rebound and converted on a high shot which hit the crossbar and bounced in. Exactly three minutes later, Steblen made it 3-0, Buckeyes. Creary picked up the puck along the boards off a faceoff in the right circle and passed it to Katie Frohreich (Jr., Baudette, Minn./Lake of the Woods). Frohreich’s shot missed wide but the puck found its way to Steblen who was just in front of the blue line ready to deliver a perfect shot. Princeton outshot Ohio State, 29-18. The Buckeyes were unable to convert on one power-play chance and held the Tigers scoreless through three chances.
Glaser finished with 29 saves and improved to 6-3-2 on the season, while Van Beusekom recorded 15 and the loss.
The Buckeyes and Tigers meet again in the series finale tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. in Ohio State’s last home game until Jan. 4, 2002, against Bemidji State.
Dec. 14, 2001 Princeton 0, Ohio State 3 OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
Score Per Period 1 2 3 F Princeton 0 0 0 0 Ohio State 1 0 2 3
Shots Per Period 1 2 3 F PU 7 13 9 29 OSU 5 3 10 18
Scoring Summary 1st Period OSU-Creary (Desson), 2:07 2nd Period No scoring 3rd Period OSU-Hudak (Chapple, Desson), 12:41 OSU-Steblen (Frohreich, Creary), 15:41
Penalties/Minutes 1 2 3 F PU 0/0 0/0 1/2 1/2 OSU 0/0 3/6 0/0 3/6
Saves PU-Van Beusekom (60:00) 4-3-8-15 OSU-Glaser (60:00) 7-13-9-29
Power Plays PU-0-for-3 (.000) OSU-0-for-1 (.000)