COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 21st season of Ohio State women’s hockey begins this weekend with the fifth-ranked Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for two games against No. 4 Minnesota at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 21 and 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 22.
The Buckeyes will be returning to the place where they saw the highlight of their 2020 season: it was at Ridder Arena where Ohio State rallied in overtime twice to win last season’s WCHA Final Faceoff title last March, the first in program history.
How to Follow Along
Both games this weekend will be streamed live on BTN Plus (subscription required). Additionally, live stats will be available at gophersports.com as well as a Gameday central page with all the coverage links.
Briefly on the Buckeyes
Head coach Nadine Muzerall returns for her fifth season guiding the Buckeyes. A two-time WCHA Coach of the Year, she has accumulated a .607 win percentage (82-50-17) and a .540 win percentage in conference play (46-38.16).
Muzerall led the Buckeyes to new heights in the 2019-20 season as the team posted its third-straight 20-win season and tied a single-season win record, previously set by Muzerall and the Buckeyes in 2017-18. Along the way, Ohio State tallied eight wins against Top 10 opponents, including six victories over Top 3 teams. The Buckeyes also won their first ever WCHA Championship in just their second conference championship appearance. In the Final Faceoff, Ohio State defeated Minnesota and Wisconsin in overtime to give the Buckeyes their first automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State returns its top three point scorers from 2019-20: senior Emma Maltais (19-40-59), senior Liz Schepers (22-21-43) and senior Tatum Skaggs (17-25-42). Goaltender Andrea Braendli also returns after posting a school-record with 20 wins last year while finishing with a 1.89 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
Other experienced returnees include junior Sophie Jaques, who has played in 73 career games, junior Madison Bizal, also a73-game veteran, and Lisa Bruno, a senior who has played in 111 games.
Recent History vs. Minnesota
Meet the Newcomers
Ohio State added four freshmen to its roster for 2020-21: Jenna Buglioni (Port Moody, B.C. / Greater Vancouver Comets), Riley Brengman (China, Mich. / Belle Tire), Shani Rossignol (Notre Dame de Lourdes, N.B. / Team Atlantic) and Amanda Thiele (Milford, Mich. / Belle Tire).
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