Oct. 12, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team (2-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) plays its first road series of the 2005-06 season when they travel to Boston, Mass., to face the Huskies of Northeastern (1-0-0, 1-0-0 HE) Oct. 14-15. The two-game series will be played at Matthews Arena with game times at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Northeastern Series History
The series between Ohio State and Northeastern is even at 3-3-2 in eight meetings. The Buckeyes have not played at NU since Dec. 12-13, 2003 when OSU won 3-0 and tied 1-1 in overtime. The teams met last season for a two-game series in Columbus in which the Buckeyes took three of four points with a 1-1 tie and 6-5 overtime win. Jana Harrigan had four goals in the series, including a hat trick in the second game, and Amber Bowman tallied four assists. The first series in Buckeyes history was against Northeastern Oct. 8-9, 1999 at the OSU Ice Rink with the Huskies taking both games, 6-0 and 7-2.

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened its 2005-06 season with a sweep of St. Cloud State Oct. 7-8 at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes took the first game 2-1 Friday and followed with a 5-1 win Saturday. Junior goaltender Erika Vanderveer stopped 49 of 51 shots for a .961 save percentage. Freshman defenseman Kelly Cahill led the Buckeyes’ offense with a four-point weekend in her first collegiate series notching an assist on Friday and two goals and an assist Saturday. Juniors Amber Bowman (1-2–3) and Katie Maroney (1-1–2) also had multiple-point games on Saturday.

Scouting the Huskies
Northeastern is 1-0-0 overall and in the Hockey East as the Huskies opened their season Oct. 7 with a 4-3 victory over Boston University at Matthews Arena. NU’s goals were scored by four different Huskies: Ashley Bielawski, Amy Goodney, Jessica Coppney and Crystal Rochon. Northeastern was 0-for-8 on the power play and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill. Goaltender Melissa Hourihan made 28 saves for a .903 save percentage. NU was 3-25-4 overall in 2004-05 with a 2-15-3 mark in the Hockey East Conference. Goodney is the top returning scorer with eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, followed by Rochon with 22 points (8g, 14a). Hourihan was in net for all 32 games last season with a 3-25-4 record, 4.00 GAA and .906 save percentage.

OSU Head Coach Jackie Barto
Jackie Barto is in her seventh season behind the Ohio State bench. In six-plus seasons guiding the Buckeyes, Barto has an 91-112-19 record with a 57-77-15 mark in the WCHA. Last season, the Buckeyes’ 12 wins in conference games were the most by Barto in her six seasons, as she led the team to the WCHA Playoff Championship consolation game. She has an overall career mark of 161-165-29 (.494) in 11 seasons.

NU Head Coach Laura Schuler
Laura Schuler is in her second season at the helm of Northeastern. In her first year, the Huskies were 3-25-4 and finished sixth in the Hockey East with a 2-15-3 record. Schuler is a 1994 graduate of NU and played for the Huskies from 1989-93. She was a member of the Canadian National team for 11 years and in 1998 helped with the silver medal for Canada in the first-ever Olympic competition for women’s ice hockey in Nagano, Japan. During her tenure, the Canadian National team also won World Championship titles in 1990, 1992, and 1997.

Buckeyes Ranked Tenth
Ohio State is ranked 10th in both the U.S. College Hockey Online poll (released Oct. 10) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll (released Oct. 11). The Buckeyes received votes in the preseason USCHO poll and were 10th in the USA Today rankings. Ohio State is one of four WCHA teams to be ranked along with Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Minnesota-Duluth. Minnesota State received votes in both polls. St. Lawrence sits atop both rankings with a 1-0-0 record.

Vanderveer, Cahill Earn WCHA Player of the Week Nods
Junior goaltender Erika Vanderveer and freshman defenseman Kelly Cahill received WCHA Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Oct. 10. It was the third such honor for Vanderveer and first for Cahill. Vanderveer stopped 49 of 51 shots faced in the St. Cloud State series, with 28 saves Friday and 21 on Saturday. She has an early 1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage. For her efforts, Vanderveer was also the runner-up for the USCHO Defensive Player of the Week. Cahill helped the OSU defense limit SCSU to two goals and led the team offensively with four points (2g, 2a).

Getting Out the Brooms
The Buckeyes’ two wins against St. Cloud State was only the second time in program history that OSU has opened a season with a sweep of its opponent. The last time it happened was Oct. 11-12, 2002 at Minnesota State (W, 6-1; W, 3-1). It also was the first sweep of an opponent since the Buckeyes took two at Bemidji State Feb. 4-5, 2005, and the first home sweep since Jan. 14-15, 2005 against Yale.

Three Buckeyes Notch First Career Points
Three skaters collected their first points in an OSU sweater during the St. Cloud State series. Forward Morgan Marziali scored the opening goal of the season at the 17:35 mark in the first period on Friday. She was assisted by defenseman Kelly Cahill, who ended up with a four-point series. Cahill scored twice and added an assist on Saturday while forward Hayley Klassen scored the second Ohio State goal in the 5-1 win.

Penalty Kill Prowess
The Ohio State penalty kill is off to a perfect start in 2005-06 as the Buckeyes held St. Cloud State scoreless on seven power play opportunities Oct. 7-8. The Huskies went 0-for-3 and 0-for-4 in the series as OSU goaltender Erika Vanderveer stopped all nine shots faced.

Up Next
Ohio State continues its travels with a WCHA road trip to Minnesota-Duluth to face the Bulldogs Oct. 21-22. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The games mark the beginning of a three-series span against WCHA opponents.