No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 6/8 Wisconsin
Date: Jan. 13/14, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. ET
Venue: OSU Ice Rink
Watch: B1G+ ($)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State | Wisconsin
Rosters: Ohio State | Wisconsin
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State women’s hockey team is back on home ice this weekend for the first time since November. The Buckeyes (18-2-2, 13-2-1 WCHA) face off against the No. 6/8 Wisconsin Badgers (16-5-1, 12-3-1 WCHA) Jan. 13-14 at the OSU Ice Rink.
Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. The games will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required). Admission and parking for Ohio State women’s hockey games are free.
Buckeyes in a Nutshell
- In their last series of 2022, the Buckeyes swept Lindenwood with 9-1 and 6-0 wins. In game one, Emma Maltais took over as the Ohio State record holder for career assists and Jenn Gardiner tallied her 100th career point. In game two, Makenna Webster recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season, and the Buckeyes earned the 400th win in the history of the program.
- This weekend’s matchup against Wisconsin is one of three remaining home series of the Buckeyes’ 2022-23 regular season. The Buckeyes will play Minnesota State (Jan. 27-28) and St. Thomas (Feb. 10-11) to close out the regular season home slate.
- Entering this weekend, Ohio State is 6-2-2 against ranked opponents this season.
- The Buckeyes remain at the top of the national polls as they start the second half of the season. The team is receiving all 20 first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll and 18 of 19 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
- With 12 conference games left to play this season, Ohio State is tied for first in the WCHA with Minnesota with 41 points. Behind the Buckeyes and the Gophers is Wisconsin with 37 points.
- Gardiner leads the team with 35 points this season on 11 goals and a team-high 24 assists. She is first in the conference and second nationally in assists per game (1.09). The Surrey, B.C. native is second in the country in total assists and fourth in total points.
- Sophie Jaques’ 16 goals are the second most in the country this season and most by a defenseman. She is tied for the most power play goals scored this year with eight.
- Ohio State continues to lead the country on the power play, earning a .375 rating this year.
- Ohio State ranks third nationally in scoring offense (4.25 goals/game). The Buckeyes are also rated third in faceoff wins (.576) and total goals (85).
- The Buckeyes finished their non-conference schedule 5-0-1 this year. The team is unbeaten in its last 16 games against non-conference opponents.
- Gabby Rosenthal has tallied a point in all but two of the 20 games she has played this season. She is on a team-best ten game point streak that dates back to a one-point outing at St. Thomas (Nov. 5).
- Rosenthal is two points from 100 for her career. Gardiner and Paetyn Levis have already reached the century mark this season.
- Raygan Kirk was named one of 27 players on the 2023 Women’s Goalie of the Year Award watch list. She has earned a .918 save percentage in eight starts for the Buckeyes this year. The Ste. Anne, Manitoba native has a 6-1-1 record, including two shutouts, this season.
Series History – Buckeyes vs. Badgers
- Ohio State holds a 20-75-10 record against Wisconsin all-time.
- The Buckeyes have won their last three matchups against the Badgers.
- In the last meeting between the teams, Ohio State earned a 2-1 win over Wisconsin for a spot in the 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff championship game.
- Under Coach Muzerall, the Buckeyes are 6-6-0 against Wisconsin at the OSU Ice Rink, winning three of the last four matchups on home ice.
IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships
- Ohio State signees Jocelyn Amos, Jordan Baxter and Joy Dunne are playing at the 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships in Sweden this week.
- Amos and Baxter are skating for Hockey Canada, with Amos selected to wear the “C” for her country in the tournament.
- Dunne was chosen to captain the Team USA squad at this year’s world championships.
- Team Canada took the 3-1 win over the United States in the teams’ final preliminary game on Wednesday, but Dunne scored the lone goal for Team USA.
The Buckeyes are back on the road following this weekend’s matchup against Wisconsin. The team will play St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn. on Jan. 20-21. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. ET Friday and 3 p.m. ET Saturday.