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Jan. 4, 2017

Columbus, Ohio— For the first time since the calendar flipped over to 2017, Ohio State (8-10-2, 4-10-2 WCHA) will hit the ice for a pair of hockey games. It’ll open up the second half of its schedule with a two-game set at Penn State (5-11-4, 4-3-1 CHA) with games beginning at 6:00 on Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.

Friday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Saturday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Updates will also be posted on our Twitter (@OhioState_WHKY).

National Pride

Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall will be an assistant coach for Canada’s U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup. The tournament will run from January 4-7 and competition will be split between Telfs, Austria and Fussen, Germany.

The tournament features two groups of four teams. Muzerall and Team Canada are in Group A along with the Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden. Group B is comprised of Austria, Finland, Russia, and Switzerland. The schedule begins with an exhibition game featuring Canada and Germany on Jan. 2 before true competition begins on Jan. 4

Muzerall is no stranger to a Hockey Canada coaching staff. Earlier this year she was an assistant coach for a three-game series against the United States that took place in Calgary (during which Canada took two of the three games), and she has served as a camp coach at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp. Back in July she was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.

Last Time Out

Ohio State’s last time out on the ice was its weekend series with No. 1 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes lost both games against the Badgers, in the process closing out the season series between the two teams. Most notably, freshman goaltender Kaylee Remington made her first career start in the Saturday game, making 40 saves on the day, including 14 in the scoreless first period. She’s now totaled almost 125 minutes in goal this season, every second of which has been spent facing a Top 3 opponent.

Going Camping

Ohio State defenseman Jincy Dunne was invited to USA Hockey’s Women’s Winter Training Camp back in December. A redshirt freshman from O’Fallon, Mo., Dunne leads the Buckeyes with seven assists and is second on the team with nine points. Both of those totals put her in the Top 5 nationally among all freshmen defensemen.

A total of 37 players were invited by USA Hockey including 11 current college hockey players. Dunne was one of seven WCHA players that received an invitation and she was the third-youngest player participating in the camp.

Quotable

“I thought she did great. She was getting peppered and hammered. There were a couple bad goals, but you only look at the goalie when it goes in, you don’t see the breakdown that happened 20 seconds before that. We were pleased with her efforts and really happy that she rose to the challenge.” –Head coach Nadine Muzerall on Kaylee Remington’s performance in her first career start.

Holiday Spirit

Sure, the holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive our Christmas Countdown and our fantastic rendition of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree! In case you missed any of it, everything can be found here.

Brand New Buckeyes

The NCAA’s early signing period was this month, and head coach Nadine Muzerall and her staff had five future student-athletes ink National Letters of Intent.

Lisa Bruno, Emma Maltais, Elizabeth Schepers, Tatum Skaggs, and McKenna Wesloh all signed NLI’s to continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State, and all five have already experienced great success in their young hockey careers. Between the five of them they have won national championships, league championships, and put up some incredibly numbers on the ice. Find out more about the newest members of the Ohio State family. You can also watch them sign their National Letters of Intent here.

Buckeye Bits

  • Here are your statistical leaders for Ohio State at the moment:

Goals: Maddy Field (6)
Assists: Jincy Dunne (7)
Points: Field (12)
SOG: Field (63)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood)
Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)/Maddy Field (2, Nov. 11 at St. Cloud State)
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)

  • Ohio State’s penalty kill sits at .915 right now, good for fifth in the country. They have killed 29 straight penalties dating back to the Oct. 15 game against Bemidji State.
  • Maddy Field is tied for fifth among WCHA underclassmen in goals scored.
  • When it comes to getting shots on net, Field has been the best threat for Ohio State this season. She leads the team with 67 shots and 3.35 per game; no other Buckeye averages more than three per game, and just two (Dani Sadek and Lauren Boyle) average at least two.
  • She’s excelled at blocking shots all season, and the numbers show it; Jincy Dunne leads all freshmen across the NCAA with 45, and that number puts her in the Top 10 nationally. Teammates Dani Sadek and Jessica Dunne also rank in the Top 15 nationally of that category.
  • The Buckeyes enjoy playing non-conference games: they’re 4-0 this season with a goal differential of 13-1.
  • Boyle’s hat trick against Lindenwood on Nov. 5 was the first by a defenseman this season in all of DI college hockey this season, men or women

About the Nittany Lions

Penn State holds a record of 5-11-4 on the season so far, including a 1-0-1 record against common opponents (Lindenwood). The Nittany Lions are currently riding a seven game winless streak, with their last victory coming on Nov. 11.

As a team they have an above average power play unit, ranking seventh in the country in that area, though their penalty kill is below average. Individually they are led by two productive players on offense: Laura Bowman and Amy Peterson. They have registered 25 and 21 points, respectively, this season, making them two of the highest scoring players in College Hockey America. They have four others with double-digit point totals, including two freshmen (Brooke Madsen and Katie McMillan).

In goal it has been a combination of Hannah Ehresmann and Daniela Paniccia. Paniccia has seen the majority of the action, starting 12 games to Ehresmann’s eight. In her 12 starts she has earned a record of 5-5-2 and has allowed 2.26 goals per game. Ehresmann has yet to earn a victory; she currently holds a record of 0-6-2 and has allowed 3.27 goals per game.