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Sept. 29, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— A new season of Ohio State women’s hockey is upon us: the Buckeyes open up their 2016-17 campaign against the Rensselaer Engineers in Troy, New York.

An online stream is available here and live stats can be found here. Other information including game notes, rosters, schedules, and statistics can be found at our women’s hockey game day page this weekend and throughout the season.

This is the first-ever meeting between Ohio State and RPI. Traditionally, the Buckeyes are used to strong starts to the season; they haven’t lost a game on their opening weekend since the 2007-08 season.

Brand New Buckeyes

There will be a lot of new faces on the ice and on the bench for Ohio State this season. Nadine Muzerall was named the fourth head coach in program history on September 10 and shortly after that she brought in Jess Koizumi as her associate head coach. Muzerall, most recently an assistant coach at Minnesota, and Koizumi, most recently an assistant coach at Yale, will look to guide a group of Buckeye hockey players that includes 10 newcomers this season.

Jacyn Reeves (Union), Ariana DePinto (Yale), and Liv Halvorson (Providence) join the Scarlet and Gray after spending last year with different teams. Elise Riemenschneider, Samantha Bouley, Rebecca Freiburger, Olivia Soares, Katie Mikkelsen, Crystal Sorem, and Kaylee Remington are the new freshmen for Ohio State

Welcome Back

Ohio State returns 12 players this season from its 2015-16 team. Katie Matheny and Breanne Grant comprise the senior class, while Jessica Dunne, Julianna Iafallo, Alex LaMere, Dani Sadek, and Lauren Spring will join them as upperclassmen on the roster. Lauren Boyle, and All-WCHA Rookie team performer last season, leads the returning crop of sophomores as well as Maddy Field and Erin Langermeier.

In addition to them, the Buckeyes will welcome two familiar faces back to the ice this weekend after not appearing in any games last season. 2014-15 WCHA All-Rookie team honoree Kassidy Sauve returns from injury and Jincy Dunne will make her collegiate debut after redshirting last season.

Buckeye Bits

The Buckeyes will return six double-digit point scorers from last season, led by Sadek and her 22 points. Field’s 10 goals lead all returners and was among the highest goal totals for a freshman in the WCHA last season. Sadek also brings back the highest power play point total from last year, when she led the team with nine.

Sauve will look to return to her excellent form that she displayed during her freshman season when she posted six shutouts and a goals against average of just 1.98.

Being in the WCHA, this probably comes as no surprise, but Ohio State had a grueling end to last season schedule-wise. It played its final eight games against ranked opponents, the only team in the country to do so. It’ll face its first top-10 team next weekend in a two-game set against Wisconsin to open up conference play.

About the Engineers

Owning a record of 1-1 on the season, RPI will look to build off its record of 10-17-7 from last year. Katie Rooney is the highest returning scorer for the Engineers, totaling 17 points in 2015-16. Joining her are three other double-digit point producers from last season, as well as goaltender Lovisa Selander. The sophomore earned a decision in all but two games for RPI last season, allowing just 2.11 goals per game and saving 92.7 percent of shots on goal that came her way.

Last weekend the Engineers split with Maine, winning 3-1 and losing 2-0.