Jan. 28, 2001
FINDLAY, Ohio–The Ohio State women’s hockey team defeated its lone in-state rival Findlay, 5-4, in the inaugural edition of the “Ohio Cup,” held Super Bowl Sunday at the Clauss Ice Arena in Findlay, Ohio. The Buckeyes are the first to take home the Ohio Cup trophy, which will remain in Columbus until Findlay visits the OSU Ice Arena next season. Following the non-conference win, the Buckeyes improve to 9-12-3 overall and 6-7-3 in the WCHA. The Oilers stand at 10-11-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the GLWHA.
Kelli Halcisak (Fr., Grosse Isle, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) was a standout for Ohio State, scoring the game-winning goal and posting three assists. Emma Laaksonen (Fr., Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen) notched her ninth power-play goal of the season and added two assists and Shana Frost (So., Frankford, Ontario/Bayside) had a two-goal game.
UF’s Monell Schroeder got things rolling for the Oilers three minutes into the game with a power-play goal. Erin O’Grady (Fr., London, Ontario/Culver Academy) responded at 6:44 in the first stanza when she collected the puck from Laaksonen and one-timed it to the high left corner of the UF net. Less than two minutes later, the Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead. Emily Hudak (So., Marblehead, Mass./Cushing Academy) set up Halcisak who passed the puck to Frost in front of the net. Frost nailed the power-play goal at 8:05 in the first. At 15:34, Findlay’s Janet Ploncinsky scored her first of the game from Shelbi Fletcher and Stacia Bakhit, again on the power-play. With 1:38 remaining in the first period, Hudak and Halcisak connected again and assisted in Laaksonen’s power-play goal to put OSU ahead, 3-2, going into the first intermission.
The Oilers would steal back the lead in the second with two quick goals. Ploncinsky and Melissa Oliver scored at 6:27 and 6:36, respectively. At 9:45, the Buckeyes converted on yet another power-play opportunity. Frost tied the game at four with her second of the game and 12th of the season from Laaksonen and Halcisak. Halcisak then knocked in the gamewinner at 15:49 from O’Grady and Heather Farrell (Fr., Perth, Ontario/Pomfret).
There was no scoring in the third stanza, as the Buckeyes outshot the Oilers, 9-2.
OSU converted on three-of-six power-play opportunites, or 50 percent, and held the Oilers to two goals in five chances.
The OSU defense allowed UF only 10 shots on net, the lowest of any Buckeye opponent this season. Stojak recorded six saves and Findlay’s Erin Blair stopped 30 Buckeye shots.
“We’re happy to have won the first Ohio Cup,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “We worked hard and it was a good effort, although not our best. We stuck with it and beared down in the end. Our special teams played well for us, but it was our grit and determination in the end that got us the win.”
Ohio State is back in action at home Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, against MSU, Mankato at the OSU Ice Arena.
Scoring by Period
1 2 3 F Ohio State 3 2 0 5 Findlay 2 2 0 4
Shots on Goal
1 2 3 F OSU 13 13 9 35 UF 4 4 2 10
Saves by Period
1 2 3 F OSU-Stojak (60:00) 2 2 2 6 UF-Blair (58:38) 10 11 9 30 Empty Net (1:22) x x 0 0
UF-Monell Schroeder (Stasia Bakhit), 3:10, ppg
OSU-Erin O’Grady (Emma Laaksonen), 6:44
OSU-Shana Frost (Kelli Halcisak, Emily Hudak), 8:05, ppg
UF-Janet Ploncinsky (Shelbi Fletcher, Bakhit), 15:34, ppg
OSU-Laaksonen (Hudak, Halcisak), 18:22, ppg
UF-Janet Ploncinsky (Chantelle Russell), 6:27
UF-Melissa Oliver (unassisted), 6:36
OSU-Frost (Laaksonen, Halcisak), 9:45, ppg
OSU-Halcisak (O’Grady, Heather Farrell), 15:49
1 2 3 F OSU 2/4 1/2 2/4 5/10 UF 3/6 3/6 0/0 6/12
OSU- 3-for-6 (.500)
UF- 2-for-5 (.400)