Oct. 28, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (1-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 WCHA) travels to Minnesota for the second-consecutive week on Oct. 30-31 to challenge No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth (4-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 WCHA), fellow Western Collegiate Hockey Association member, for a two-game series. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. (eastern) face-off while Sunday’s contest will begin at 2:05 p.m. (eastern).

The Buckeyes were in St. Cloud, Minn. last weekend for a two-game series with WCHA foe St. Cloud State. OSU came away from the weekend with a split, losing the first game, 3-2, in overtime and winning the second, 6-2.

The road victory over SCSU on Oct. 23 goes down in history as the first-ever win for the program. “I’m very pleased with the effort of our team,” head coach Jackie Barto said. “It’s a great feeling and a great confidence booster for our team to get the first win in the program’s history.”

Freshmen Shana Frost and Lindsey Ogren were recognized by the WCHA this week for their multiple-point performances in OSU’s victory over St. Cloud State.

Frost was named Player of the Week while Ogren was selected as Rookie of the Week for the week ending Oct. 24. Frost scored two goals and added two assists for four points. She put the Buckeyes up, 1-0, with her first tally of the contest early in the first period. In the third period, Frost scored again to give OSU a 3-2 lead. That goal proved to be the game winner. Ogren tallied two goals and one assist, equaling three points in the win. She knotted the game at two midway through the second period before assisting Frost on the eventual game-winner. Ogren added a second goal late in the third period.

Frost has scored a goal in four of the six Buckeye games to date. She had a multiple-goal game against St. Cloud State on Oct. 23 and scored both Buckeye goals in the games versus Wisconsin. Frost tallied her first goal of the season on Oct. 9 versus Northeastern. She currently leads the team in goals (5) and points (8) and is tied for seventh in the WCHA in points. Center Corinne Rosen has notched a team-leading five assists this season, good for a sixth-place tie in the WCHA. Rosen had a career-high three-assist game versus St. Cloud State.

Freshmen goalies Melissa Glaser (0-3-0) and April Stojak (1-1-1) 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 three games.

Stojak has played 185 minutes between the pipes while Glaser is not far behind with 182:36. Stojak has a 1-0-1 record against conference opponents and leads the WCHA in conference games only with a .942 save percentage and is third with a 1.44 goals against average. Glaser posts an 0-2-0 mark and a .914 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).

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.

In just its first year of competition as a varsity sport, the Minnesota-Duluth women’s ice hockey team is off to an impressive start. The Bulldogs are ranked sixth in the country in the Oct. 25 U.S. College Hockey Online poll, and currently lead the WCHA with a 4-0-0 overall and conference mark. UDM is coming of a two-game sweep of fellow WCHA member Bemidji-State last weekend, 12-3 and 8-6.

Head coach Shannon Miller, who directed Canada to a silver medal in women’s ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, is the Bulldogs’ head coach during its historical first season. Miller spent the greater part of the 1990s as a coach with the Canadian Hockey Association.

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 70-53-10 and captured two conference titles.

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.

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.

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.

1999-00 SCHEDULE
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.

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.