Oct. 13, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio —The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) opens its conference schedule this weekend by playing host to fellow first-year team Wisconsin (0-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA). The two-game series between the winless teams will be played on Oct. 15-16 at the OSU Ice Arena. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. face-off while Saturday’s action begins at 4 p.m.%^$

%^$Weekend Recap
%^$The Buckeyes are coming off a season- opening weekend that saw them lose two games to No. 6 ranked Northeastern, 6-0 and 7-2. Over 900 people, combined over the two nights, packed the OSU Ice Arena to watch the historic games.%^$

%^$Ogren Gets First-Ever Goal
%^$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.%^$

%^$Great Goaltending Duo
%^$Freshmen Melissa Glaser and April Stojak showed why head coach Jackie Barto believes the two will become the strongest goaltending duo in the WCHA last weekend. The two shared the goaltending role in the two games against Northeastern. Glaser stopped 51 shots Friday night while Stojak made 35 saves on Saturday. Stojak is 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).%^$

%^$OSU Gaining National Recognition
%^$The Buckeyes received five votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Poll. The poll, published on Oct. 4, consists of 10 voters, all coaches from Division I teams.
%^$Team (as of Oct. 4, 1999)
%^$1. Harvard (97)
%^$2. New Hampshire (88)
%^$3. Brown (79)
%^$4. Minnesota (57)
%^$5. Minnesota-Duluth (54)
%^$6. Northeastern (51)
%^$7. Dartmouth (48)
%^$8. Princeton (27)

%^$Others receiving votes: Cornell (8), Ohio State (5), Niagara (3), Providence (3)%^$

%^$Scouting The Badgers
%^$Similar to Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is also in its first year of existence. The Badgers began their inaugural season last weekend by losing a pair of games to WCHA foe Minnesota-Duluth, 8-1 and 4-2. Head coach Julie Sasner is at the helm for the Badgers. Sasner spent six years as head coach at Cornell and owns a 53-63-6 lifetime mark. She was named the 1995 Coach of the Year by the American Women’s Hockey Association.%^$

%^$Beginning With Barto
%^$Head coach Jackie Barto begins 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 will be four teams beginning its first year of women’s hockey-Bemidji State, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State.%^$

%^$OSU Ice Arena Renovation
%^$In the last two months, 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.%^$

%^$Captains Announced
%^$Corinne Rosen and Kylee Reade have been named co-captains for the 1999-00 season. Defensemen Katie Frohreich also has been named 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 will bring 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.%^$

%^$Getting Defensive
%^$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 will help make life on both goalies much easier and have the potential to chip in some offensive production as well. Two defenders who should make significant contributions are Katie Frohreich and Emily Hudak. The two compliment 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 will be making major contributions on the defense attack. Ankerson combines excellent skating ability with an aggressive style of play while Steblin has good puck handling skills and the ability to make good decisions on the ice.%^$

%^$Stepping Forward
%^$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 will make 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 will 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.%^$

%^$Just Like Scoonie
%^$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.%^$

%^$A Season Of Firsts
%^$Time of first game’s start – 7:02 p.m.
%^$First game’s attendance – 438
%^$Final score of first game – L, 6-0
%^$Player to take the first face-off – Corrine Rosen
%^$First goal – Lindsay Ogren (6:28 1st, 10/9 vs. NU)
%^$First assist – Emily Hudak (10/9 vs. NU)
%^$First Save – Melissa Glaser
%^$First power-play goal – Lindsy Ogren (5×4 on 10/9 vs. NU)
%^$First Penalty – Emily Hudak (Checking, 0:50 1st, 10/8 vs NU)
%^$First song on PA system – “Start Me Up” – Rollilng Stones%^$