COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey head coach Nadine Muzerall will lead Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in a series against the Under-22 Select Team from the United States this weekend where she’ll be coaching one of her own players, and coaching against a pair of Buckeyes representing the U.S.
No stranger to wearing the maple leaf for Canada, Emma Maltais will once again suit for her country. Maltais is among the 10 players that also represented Canada at the 2018 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany. The Burlington, Ontario native had one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in Buckeye history, tallying 40 points on her way to winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year award.
Jincy Dunne continues to prove why she’s one of the best blue liners in the nation, earning a spot on the USA U22 roster. Dunne wrapped up her best season yet with an American Hockey Coaches Association Second Team All-American honor. The redshirt junior posted a career-high 26 points, and her 24 assists tied the team lead and tied for second place in the WCHA. She finished the season with All-WCHA First Team honors, and will serve as a captain for the upcoming season.
Joining Dunne on the U.S. squad is Lauren Boyle. The defenseman had a banner year for the Scarlet and Gray, notching a career-high 26 points. Boyle scored the game winning goal for the Buckeyes in their NCAA quarterfinal clash at No. 4 Boston College back in March. Boyle’s tenacity on the defensive end was only matched by her ability to make plays throughout the season, dishing out 21 assists as the Buckeyes rattled off a program best 24 wins.
These selections came after both the U.S. and Canada held camps where each nation’s best young players battled for spots. Madison Field had a nice showing during the Canadian camp, tallying multiple assists throughout the exhibition games. Tatum Skaggs and Dani Sadek also went to the U.S. camp but did not make the cut for the Select Team.
The three game series is set to get underway on Thursday in Calgary, Alberta. Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday, and the action will wrap up with a game on Sunday. All the games will stream live on HockeyTV.com, a membership is required to access the games.