Nov. 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team has added six recruits to its 2007-08 roster, head coach Jackie Barto announced Thursday. The incoming class includes three Minnesota natives as well as recruits from Alaska, Illinois and Toronto.

“We are very excited about the incoming freshman class,” Barto said. “They are outstanding people as well as hockey players. They will bring a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy along with excellent skills and passion for the game. They all come from strong hockey backgrounds and want to achieve at the highest level.

“As impressive is their dedication to academic success. They all have excelled in the classroom and we believe they will make a strong contribution to our program. They will be great representatives of Ohio State both on and off the ice.”

Teal Bishop, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, is a 5-feet-7-inch defenseman and currently attends the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt. Prior to attending NAHA, Bishop played with Fairbanks Arctic Lions boys bantam and midget teams. She has captained NAHA the last two seasons and was named Defenseman of the Year in 2004. In 2004-05, she won the state championship with the Arctic Lions and advanced to nationals in Richmond, Va. Bishop is a three-time participant in the USA Hockey Pacific Team Festival.

“We are pleased to have Teal become a Buckeye,” Barto said. “She is a strong skating defenseman with good speed and quickness. Teal has good vision and creativity on the ice, and is capable of generating offense at her position. She had a good sense for the game and a strong work ethic.”

Deidre Facklis is a 5-8 goaltender from Wilmette, Ill., who currently is a member of the New Trier High School boys’ varsity team. She has started the last two seasons with the Trevians and recorded seven shutouts with a 2.20 goals-against-average in 2005-06. She helped the team to the 2006 Chicago Metro Founders Cup Championship. Facklis attended the USA Hockey Select 15/16 Festival in 2004 and 2005. “Deidre is a good athlete with size and presence in the net,” Barto said. “She is a fundamentally sound goaltender who has good quickness and balance. We are excited to have Deidre join our program.”

New Prague, Minn.-native, Jenna Kilpatrick is a 5-7 forward from New Prague High School. She is a seven-time member of the Trojan varsity hockey team and has been named Team MVP each of the last six seasons. A four-year captain and six-time all-conference honoree, Kilpatrick finished the 2005-06 season as the state’s top scorer. She has totaled 402 points on 228 goals and 174 assists through 136 career games. Kilpatrick has led New Prague to three Missota Conference championships and three Minnesota state high school tournament appearances, including runner-up as a sophomore. She has attended four USA Hockey National Select Development Camps.

“Jenna will bring good size and presence on the ice,” Barto said. “She is a strong skating forward who will make a contribution in all three zones. She has the ability to create offense and has excellent vision on the ice. We are excited Jenna has chosen to be a Buckeye.”

Christina Mancuso is a 5-7 forward from Toronto, Ontario, who most recently played with the Toronto Junior Aeros. This season she is an assistant captain of the Junior Aeros, after captaining the Midget Aeros in 2005-06. Mancuso led her Havergal Collegiate High School team in goal scoring last season with 24 and finished the season with 39 points in 20 games to earn the team MVP award as the assistant captain. She was named a member of the 2006 Toronto Star All-Star Team and led the Midget Aeros to the league championship last season.

“Christina is a hard-working and aggressive forward with good size and strength on the ice,” Barto said. “She will be effective in the corners and in front of the net. She has the ability to create offense and we are excited to add Christina to our program.”

Sandra Nelson, a 5-4 defenseman from Spring Lake Park, Minn., is a four-year starter with Spring Lake Park High School. She has captained the team the last two seasons and earned All-Suburban Conference honors those years as well. She led the Panthers in defenseman scoring in 2005 and 2006 with 26 and 36 points, respectively. Nelson has earned a total of 10 varsity letters at Spring Lake Park with four from hockey and six as a member of the golf team. She participated in the 2006 Phase II USA Development Camp and was a member of the U-19 Walser team in 2005 and 2006.

“Sandy is a strong skating defenseman with a solid work ethic and defensive skills,” Barto said. “She sees the ice well and makes good decisions with the puck. We are pleased Sandy has chosen Ohio State.”

Also a Minnesota native, Shannon Reilly is a 5-5 defenseman from Chanhassen who attends Benilde-St. Margaret’s. She is a four-year member of the hockey team and has earned all-conference the previous three seasons. Reilly, a two-time captain, was named all-state and all-metro in 2005-06 and was an all-state honorable mention in 2004-05. She has lettered in hockey and golf at Benilde-St. Margaret’s three times each. Reilly is a three-time participant in the USA National Development Camp.

“Shannon is an outstanding skater who has good speed and footwork,” Barto said. “She is an offensive-minded defenseman and will generate scoring opportunities from her position. She has a good feel and vision on the ice. We are excited to have Shannon join our program.”