COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team gets the 2018-19 season underway this weekend when it faces the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. The season opener gets started at 6 p.m. on Friday, with the series finale set for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday at the Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena.
Coach Muzerall’s Weekly Interview
Looking Back on 2017-18
Expectations were high coming into the 2017-18 season, but nobody knew just how far the Buckeyes would go. The team tallied 24 wins, crushing the previous record of 20, and won 14 WCHA contests, another program record. After earning the first NCAA tournament bid in team history the Buckeyes continued to prove they belonged, shutting out No. 4 seed Boston College to punch their ticket to the Frozen Four. Though the team fell in overtime to Clarkson, the team had cemented itself as a national contender.
Jincy Dunne on Her Summer with USA Hockey
Buckeyes Shine in USA/Canada U-22 Series
A trio of Buckeyes spent a week in Calgary back in August getting to practice and play with some of the best women’s hockey players in the world while getting to represent their countries in a three game series.
While Emma Maltais suited up for the Canadian team, coached by OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall, Jincy Dunne and Lauren Boyle donned the red, white and blue for the United States.
After not tallying any points in the series opener, a pair of Buckeyes got on the scoresheet in the second game. Maltais notched the first Buckeye point of the series with an assist on the first goal of the game. Not to be outdone, Dunne picked up her first assist of the series after her shot was re-directed into the back of the net, tying the game at 1-1. The 2018 captain for the Buckeyes wasn’t finished as she scored the game winning goal as the U.S. team took the second game 3-1.
In the series finale, the U.S. team took an early 1-0 lead before Maltais scored her lone goal of the series to tie the game, 1-1, before eventually falling to the U.S. team 2-1.
Both Maltais and Dunne finished with one goal and one assist each for the series. Despite not tallying any points, Boyle had her share of ice time in the series, including sharing a line with Dunne for the series finale.
Emma Maltais on Her Hockey Canada Experience
Andrew Cassels Joins the Staff
Retired NHL player and former ECHL coach Andrew Cassels joined the Buckeye hockey staff as an interim associate head coach on September 24. Cassels enjoyed a 16-year NHL career with stops in Montreal, Hartford, Calgary, Vancouver, Washington and Columbus. He tallied 732 points during his career, including a career year with the Hartford Whalers in the 1992-93 season where he scored 85 points from 21 goals and 64 assists. Cassels appeared in 1,015 games during his NHL career. He also spent one year as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Cyclones
Erin Langermeier on Being Named a Captain
WCHA Preseason Honors
Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne was named to the Preseason All-WCHA Team, and sophomore Emma Maltais received votes for the team, picked by the WCHA coaches. Dunne finished the 2017-18 season with 24 assists, tied for second place in the WCHA. She also earned AHCA All-America and All-USCHO honors, as well as being named First Team All-WCHA. The Buckeyes were picked to finish third in the league.
Madison Field on Earning the “A” This Season
Returning Offensive Firepower
OSU returns nearly 80 percent of its goal scoring from the 2017-18 season, including the top three goal scorers in Tatum Skaggs, Madison Field and Emma Maltais. The players accounting for almost 73 percent of the assists tallied last season are back for another year as well, led by Maltais and Dunne, who tied for the team lead with 24.
Olivia Soares on Being Named an Assistant Captain
The Buckeyes have only faced the Bobcats one time in the history of both programs, a 6-1 win for OSU in Columbus back in the 2003-04 season. Multiple Buckeye greats wound up on the scoresheet, with Tessa Bonhomme notching an assist, Emma Laaksonen scoring a goal and tallying an assist, Jana Harrigan getting an assist, Jeni Creary racking up two assists and Amber Bowman assisting on the final goal of the game.