January 25, 2023

Buckeyes Face Off Against Minnesota State This Weekend


No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. RV St. Cloud State

Date: Jan. 27/28, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET
Venue: OSU Ice Rink
Watch: B1G+ ($)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State | Minnesota State
Rosters: Ohio State | Minnesota State


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State women’s hockey team hosts No. RV Minnesota State for a pair of WCHA conference contests in Columbus this weekend on Jan. 27-28. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday from the OSU Ice Rink.

Both of this weekend’s games will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required). Admission for Ohio State women’s hockey games is free. The program will host a postgame skate following Saturday’s game. Fans are invited to bring their own skates or rent a pair for free from the OSU Ice Rink.

Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • Ohio State wrapped up the regular season series against St. Cloud State last weekend, sweeping the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minn. Jenn Gardiner led the Buckeyes with four points on the weekend and scored the overtime game-winner in the second game of the series.
  • Gardiner continues to lead the team with 40 points this season. She has recorded 14 goals and 26 assists. The Surrey, B.C. native is seventh in the country in points per game (1.54) and assists per game (1.00). She is just the sixth player nationally to hit 40 points this year.
  • Sophie Jaques added her team-high 18th goal in last weekend’s series at St. Cloud. The defenseman ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (.69).
  • Emma Maltais is tied with Gardiner for the team lead with 26 assists. She joins Gardiner in the top-10 nationally in assists per game (1.08) and leads the conference in the category.
  • Paetyn Levis’ game-winning goal in game one of the last series was her eighth of the year, good for eighth nationally.
  • Ohio State has seen play split between goaltenders Amanda Thiele and Raygan Kirk this season. Thiele owns an 11-1-1 record for the Buckeyes, while Kirk leads the goalie crew with a .919 save percentage and 1.83 goals against average in 10 games played. Thiele ranks fifth nationally, and first in the WCHA, in win percentage (.885) and Kirk follows in sixth in the country (.850).
  • The Buckeyes rank top five nationally in multiple categories this season. Ohio State is first on the power play (.329) and second in goals (116), scoring offense (4.46), power play goals (25) and faceoff win percentage (.576). The team is third in assists (186), team points (302) and win percentage (.885) and fourth in scoring margin (2.73). Ohio State ranks fifth with seven shutouts on the year.
  • Ohio State has won its last eight games and is unbeaten in 16 of the last 17 games.
  • For the ninth week in a row, Ohio State ranks No. 1 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
  • The Buckeyes are second in the WCHA standings with 51 points, two points behind first-place Minnesota.

Series History – Buckeyes vs. Mavericks

  • The Buckeyes and Mavericks meet for the second time this season after opening the 2022-23 campaign in Mankato, Minn. Ohio State swept Minnesota state in the season-opening series with 2-1 and 5-4 wins.
  • Gabby Rosenthal and Jenn Gardiner recorded multi-point performances in each game and Amanda Thiele made a combined 32 saves to help the Buckeyes start the year 2-0-0.
  • The Buckeyes are 78-14-10 against the Mavericks. At the OSU Ice Rink, Ohio State is unbeaten in the last 26 matchups, and is 17-0-1 against the Mavericks at home in Coach Muzerall’s tenure.

Up Next

Ohio State closes the regular season series against Minnesota with a pair of games in Minneapolis on Feb. 3-4. Puck drop between the top-two teams in the league is set for 7 p.m. ET Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.