COLUMBUS, Ohio — Never a group to run from a challenge, the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team unveiled its 2019-20 schedule on Wednesday where the Buckeyes are set to play 12 games against 2019 NCAA tournament teams.
Ohio State opens the season with a home series against the St. Lawrence University Saints on September 27-28. The Bucks and the Saints split a series in Canton, N.Y. where SLU took the opener 3-2 before OSU exploded for six goals in a 6-1 win in the finale.
October’s slate, and conference play, gets underway with a trip to St. Cloud to face the St. Cloud State University Huskies on Oct. 4-5. The Buckeyes went 4-0 against SCSU last season. Business picks up as OSU returns to Columbus for a series with reigning national champion Wisconsin on Oct. 11-12. The Buckeyes split with the then No. 1 ranked Badgers in Columbus last season. A trip to Mankato, Minnesota for a series with the Minnesota State Mavericks is next for OSU. The Buckeyes hit the ice in Mankato on Oct. 18-19 looking to improve on last season’s split with the Mavericks. The Bucks return to Columbus to host last season’s national runner-up Minnesota Golden Gophers for alumni weekend on Oct. 25-26. OSU ran into a buzz saw when they faced Minnesota last season in Columbus, dropping both games in the home series.
The Scarlet and Gray hit the road to start November with a series at Bemidji State on Nov. 1-2, looking to avenge last season’s sweep suffered at the hands of the Beavers. After a bye week, OSU welcomes Minnesota Duluth to Columbus for a series on Nov. 15-16. The following weekend sees the Bucks head to New York for a series with Colgate on Nov. 22-23. The teams split last season’s series in Columbus. Ohio State closes November with a home series against Cornell on Nov. 29-30, the first time the teams will meet since the 2000-01 season. Cornell advanced to the 2019 Frozen Four.
Despite only having one series in December, OSU will have its hands full when it faces Princeton in a two-game series in Las Vegas on Dec. 13-14. Princeton is coming off an NCAA tournament appearance last season.
The Bucks take the ice for the first time in 2020 when they host Minnesota State on Jan. 10-11. A trip to Minneapolis for a series with Minnesota on Jan. 17-18 is up next, OSU split last season’s series in Ridder Arena. The Buckeyes close out January with back-to-back home sets as Quinnipiac comes to town on Jan. 24-25 looking to get revenge for last season’s sweep at the hands of the Bucks in Hamden. Bemidji State comes to Columbus the following weekend for a series on Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The Buckeyes last faced the Beavers on senior day 2019 where OSU emerged victorious.
February marks the final month of the regular season, and the Bucks have a full slate as they prepare for the post season. After the Bemidji State game on Feb. 1 OSU heads to Duluth for the road series against the Bulldogs on Feb. 7-8. The following weekend sees the Scarlet and Gray march into Madison on Feb. 14-15 for a series against Wisconsin, the same rink where the Bucks earned two shootout wins against the Badgers last season. Finally, the regular season comes to an end with a series against St. Cloud State in Columbus on Feb. 21-22.
The postseason gets underway in the final weekend of February with the first round of the WCHA tournament on Feb. 28-March 1. Using the same format, the first round is a best of three series where the higher seed hosts, with the regular season champion getting a bye into the WCHA Final Faceoff in Minneapolis on March 7-8. Following that the Buckeyes look to return to the NCAA Tournament, set to get underway with quarterfinal action on March 14 at campus sites. The 2020 Frozen Four will take place in Boston on March 20-21.