Oct. 20, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio —After playing its first four games of the season in the friendly confines of the OSU Ice Arena, the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (0-3-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) embarks on its first road trip. The Buckeyes travel to St. Cloud, Minn. on Oct. 22-23 to play fellow winless Western Collegiate Hockey Association member St. Cloud State (0-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA). Friday’s game is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. (eastern) start while Saturday’s game will begin at 4:05 p.m. (eastern).
OSU opened the WCHA portion of its schedule at home last weekend with a two-game series against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes dropped the first game of the series, 2-l, on Friday and notched a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday. With the tie, the Buckeyes earned their first-ever WCHA point.
FROST HAS THREE-GAME SCORING STREAK
Shana Frost, an OSU freshman forward, has scored a goal in three of the four Buckeye games to date. Frost scored both Buckeye goals in the games versus Wisconsin and notched her first goal of the season against Northeastern on Oct. 9. Frost also had an assist versus Northeastern, giving her a total of four points. She currently leads the team in goals and points and is tied for 16th in the WCHA in points.
TWO OF A KIND
Freshmen goalies Melissa Glaser (0-2-0) and April Stojak (0-1-1) have shown why head coach Jackie Barto believes the two will become the strongest goaltending duo in the WCHA. Both have shared the goaltending role so far, with each starting two games.
Stojak has played 125 minutes between the pipes while Glaser is not far behind with 119:50. Stojak has an 0-0-1 record against conference opponents and leads the WCHA in conference games only with a 0.92 goals against average and a .973 save percentage. Glaser posts an 0-1-0 mark and a .935 save percentage against conference opponents which ranks her third in the WCHA.
Stojak was a three-time participant in the prestigious Hockey Night in Boston and was named the Most Outstanding Goalie of the event in 1997 and ’98. Also a three-time participant at Hockey Night in Boston, Glaser has won multiple awards at the event, including MVP (1998), the Senior Award for dedication and leadership (1999) and the Top Goalie Award (1996).
OGREN GETS FIRST-EVER GOAL
Lindsey Ogren is credited with scoring the first goal in OSU women’s ice hockey history. Ogren scored the goal on Oct. 9 at 6:28 in the first period off an assist from teammate Emily Hudak. Hudak becomes the program’s first player to notch an assist.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
In just its second year of existence as a varsity program, the St. Cloud State women’s ice hockey team is off to an 0-2-0 start. The Huskies opened the season last weekend with a a two-game series against No. 4 Minnesota, a WCHA opponent, in which the Gophers defeated SCSU, 10-1 and 10-1.
Head coach Kerry Brodt-Wethington is in her second year at the helm for the Huskies. Brodt-Wethington, a 1995 graduate of St. Cloud State, led her team to an 8-14-2 record in its inaugural season. Just eight of the 20 players listed on the 1999-00 roster were members of the inaugural team, including 1998-99 leading scorer Gina Grosso (14 goals, 22 points).
BEGINNINGS WITH BARTO
Head coach Jackie Barto is in her first season at the Ohio State helm. She began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Providence College. In her four years there, she compiled a successful record of 64-51-8 and captured two conference titles.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
For the last five years, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) was the lone conference in the nation for women’s hockey teams. With the development of the WCHA, times have changed. Teams like Minnesota, Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State, who have had women’s hockey teams at least one year, now have a conference to call their own. Joining them are four teams beginning its first year of women’s hockey-Bemidji State, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State.
OSU ICE ARENA RENOVATION
Major renovations have been made to the OSU Ice Arena to bring it into the 21st century. The facility, originally constructed in 1961, features a larger ice surface of NHL dimensions (200×85). Both bench areas and penalty boxes were refurbished and the building was brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new emergency exit was installed in the south entrance and the lockerroom areas were made more accommodating to visiting teams.
Corinne Rosen and Kylee Reade are co-captains for the 1999-00 season. Defenseman Katie Frohreich is assistant captain. Rosen, a native of Milwaukee, Wis. and transfer from Providence College, led the Friars with 34 points and competed in all 34 games. Reade brings valuable leadership to the squad after competing on the OSU lacrosse team last season. Frohreich, from Baudette, Minn., was the assistant captain of the Minnesota Thoroughbreds where she led them to a state championship.
A goalie is only as good as the defense in front of it and the group of defensemen this year looks strong. A solid group of blueliners help make life on both goalies much easier and have the potential to chip in some offensive production as well. Two defenders that make significant contributions on the ice are Katie Frohreich and Emily Hudak. The two complement each other well – Frohreich brings aggressiveness to the ice while Hudak has excellent vision and good size.
MORE ON DEFENSE
Kristen Ankerson and Lindsey Steblen also make major contributions on the defense attack. Ankerson combines excellent skating ability with an aggressive style of play while Steblen has good puck handling skills and the ability to make good decisions on the ice.
Andrea Carlson and Lindsey Ogren, along with Shana Frost and Melissa Pirie bring a plethora of talent at the forward position. Known for her ability to create turnovers, Carlson combines tremendous skating ability with quickness that makes her a force on the forecheck. A finalist for Minnesota’s Ms. Hockey in 1999, Ogren brings a strong hockey sense and a tremendous work ethic. Frost and Pirie bring both their size and aggressiveness to make things happen for the Buckeyes.
Just because the Buckeyes are a member of a new league playing a number of teams in their first year of competition, that in no way means the schedule is easy. Eight of Ohio State’s 10 non-conference games are against teams from the vaunted ECAC, a conference that has sponsored a women’s championship since the 1983-84 season. And the best competition is what they will be getting. A home series against Northeastern as well as road trips to play Yale, Princeton and New Hampshire dot the schedule. Make no doubt, these young Buckeyes will be tested.
JUST LIKE SCOONIE
Like senior OSU men’s basketball player Scoonie Penn who followed head coach Jim O’Brien to OSU from Boston College, Corrine Rosen has followed her former coach from Providence College to Ohio State. She competed for the Friars for two years, starting in a total of 34 games and finished third on the team in points last season (34). And again like Penn, the 5-5 forward will provide a scoring punch to this young squad with her aggressive play and great work ethic.