Jan. 21, 2001%^$%^$

%^$%^$Box Score%^$%^$%^$%^$

%^$MIDDLETON, Wis.-In front of over 1,000 fans, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team tied No. 7 Wisconsin, 2-2, Sunday afternoon in the finale of the WCHA weekend series at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis. Following an overtime loss and tie this weekend, the Buckeyes stand at to 8-12-3 overall and 6-7-3 in the WCHA. The Badgers are 15-5-3 overall and 9-4-3 in the WCHA.%^$

%^$The Badgers got things rolling at 5:07 in the first stanza when Sis Paulsen collected a pass from behind the net and nailed a shot to the left corner of the net past OSU goalie April Stojak (So., Kent, Ohio/Shattuck-St. Mary’s) for a power-play goal. Meghan Hunter extended Wisconsin’s lead to two at 12:01 with her 31st of the season from Steph Millar. The Badgers almost took another one from the Buckeyes midway through the first when Karen Rickard went on a breakaway and took a slapshot, which Stojak saved. It was the first of several crucial saves for Stojak in the game.%^$

%^$Ohio State came back strong in the second period, tying the game with two unanswered goals. At 12:38, Badger goalie Jackie MacMillan was busy fending off Kelli Halcisak’s (Fr., Grosse Isle, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) blocked shot, giving Emma Laaksonen (Fr., Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen) all the empty net she needed to put one in. Emily Hudak (So., Marblehead, Mass./Cushing Academy) had the secondary assist on Laaksonen’s 5-on-3 power-play goal. All eight of Laaksonen’s goals this season have come on the power-play. At 17:34, Erin O’Grady (Fr., London, Ontario/Culver Academy) snuck another one past MacMillan from Katie Frohreich (So., Baudette, Minn./Lake of the Woods) and Jeanne Chapple (Fr., Vadnais Heights, Minn./Moundsview) for the Buckeyes’ second power-play goal of the game.%^$

%^$Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 8-6 in the third stanza, as neither team scored. The two teams, tied at two after three periods, went into overtime for the second-consecutive game. Three out of the four games OSU and the U of W have played this season have been decided in overtime.%^$

%^$Neither team was able to score in the five-minute sudden-victory overtime period.%^$

%^$OSU converted on two-of-seven power-play opportunites and held the Badgers scoreless through three-of-four opportunities.%^$

%^$OSU outshot the U of W, 31-28, and Stojak recorded 26 saves in 65 minutes of play. MacMillan also played 65:00 and stopped 29 Buckeye shots.%^$

%^$Ohio State is back in action Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, against in-state rival Findlay . The Buckeyes and Oilers face off at 2 p.m. at the Clauss Ice Arena in Findlay, Ohio. OSU’s next home series is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, against MSU, Mankato at the OSU Ice Arena.%^$


Scoring by Period%^$ 1 2 3 OT F%^$Ohio State 0 2 0 0 2%^$Wisconsin 2 0 0 0 2%^$

%^$Shots on Goal%^$ 1 2 3 OT F%^$OSU 10 11 8 2 31%^$UofW 11 9 6 2 28%^$

%^$Saves by Period%^$ 1 2 3 OT F%^$OSU-Stojak (65:00) 9 9 6 2 26%^$UofW-MacMillan (65:00) 10 9 8 2 29%^$

%^$Scoring Summary
%^$1st period
%^$UofW-Sis Paulsen (Meghan Hunter, Kendra Antony), 5:07, ppg
%^$UofW-Meghan Hunter (Steph Millar), 12:01
%^$2nd period
%^$OSU-Emma Laaksonen (Kelli Halcisak, Emily Hudak), 12:38, 5 x 3 ppg
%^$OSU-Erin O’Grady (Katie Frohreich, Jeanne Chapple), 17:34, ppg
%^$3rd period
%^$No scoring
%^$No scoring


Penalties/Minutes%^$ 1 2 3 OT F%^$OSU 1/2 2/4 2/4 1/2 6/12%^$UofW 1/2 4/8 3/6 1/2 9/18%^$

%^$Power Play
%^$OSU- 2-for-7 (.286)
%^$UofW- 1-for-4 (.250)