December 1, 2021

No. 2 Buckeyes Close 2021 Slate Against No. 9 Bulldogs


No. 2 Ohio State at No. 9 Minnesota Duluth
Date: Dec. 3/4, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. ET
Venue: Amsoil Arena
Watch: Friday (B1G+) | Saturday (B1G+)
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Game Notes: Ohio State
Rosters: Ohio State | Minnesota Duluth
Season Stats: Ohio State | Minnesota Duluth

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey closes 2021 with a top 10 road matchup this weekend as the No. 2 Buckeyes take on the No. 9 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Dec. 3-4 in Duluth, Minn. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET Friday and 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET Saturday.

The series between the Buckeyes (14-2-0, 12-2-0 WCHA) and Bulldogs (7-5-0, 6-4-0 WCHA) can be streamed on B1G+ (additional subscription required).

Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • Ohio State picked up two non-conference wins in the D1 in D.C. tournament over Thanksgiving weekend in its last outing. The Buckeyes took down St. Lawrence and Penn State in its first set of regular-season non-conference games since the 2019-20 season.
  • The Buckeyes enter their last series of 2021 at the top of the conference standings with 12 league wins on the year. The Buckeyes own 37 points in their favor and lead second-place Wisconsin by four points.
  • The Buckeyes continue to be rated second in the latest edition of the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The team is receiving 135 points in the USCHO poll and 171 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
  • Sophie Jaques and Andrea Braendli picked up WCHA honors for the Buckeyes this week. The conference announced Monday that Jaques was named Defender of the Week and Braendli earned Goaltender of the Week. On Tuesday, the WCHA named Jaques the repeat Defender of the Month. Jaques earned three of the conference’s four weekly honors awarded in November. Braendli earned her third weekly goaltender award of the year.

Notable Notes

  • Jenn Gardiner leads the Buckeyes with 29 points this season on 10 goals and 19 assists. She is one point shy of doubling her previous season high of 15 from both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
  • Sophie Jaques paces Division I players with eight power play goals this season, recording nearly half of Ohio State’s nation-leading 18 power play goals on the year.
  • With 83 goals this season, the Buckeyes are averaging a nation-best 5.19 goals per game. The team has scored at least four goals in all but three games this season.
  • Ohio State is 4-2-0 on the year on the road against conference opponents. The Buckeyes have faced two ranked opponents this season in Minnesota and Wisconsin, meeting both on enemy ice. The team is 2-2-0 in those contests, sweeping the then-ranked No. 6 Golden Gophers on the first road trip of the year and giving up two games to the top-ranked Badgers.
  • The Buckeyes’ 14-2-0 record to start to the year is the best start in program history. Ohio State is on an eight-game win streak.
  • Madison Bizal, Gardiner, Clair DeGeorge, Jaques and Paetyn Levis are on eight-game point streaks, beginning against St. Cloud State on Oct. 29.
  • Twenty-two of the 25 Buckeye skaters have recorded at least a point this season. Of the point scorers this season, 16 have recorded a goal.
  • Second-year Buckeye assistant coach Zoe Hickel returns to her alma mater this weekend. She was a two-year captain for the Bulldogs during her career from 2011-15 and led the team in scoring her senior year.

History vs. Minnesota Duluth

  • Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth meet for the 100th time in series history on Friday. The Buckeyes hold a 20-71-8 record against the Bulldogs.
  • In the Muzerall era of Buckeye women’s hockey, the series is tied at 9-9-1.
  • Last season, Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth met three times with the teams splitting the regular-season series and Ohio State winning the Final Faceoff semifinal game against the Bulldogs, 7-2.
  • During last year’s regular season meeting, the Buckeyes earned their first win on the Bulldogs’ home ice since the 215-16 season.
  • Minnesota Duluth also played in the D1 in DC Tournament, defeating St. Lawrence 4-3 and falling 2-3 to Penn State.

Around the WCHA

  • The entire league hits the ice this weekend as St. Cloud State hosts Bemidji State, Minnesota State hosts St. Thomas and Wisconsin hosts Minnesota.
  • Aside from the ranked matchup in Duluth between the second-ranked Buckeyes and No. 9 Bulldogs, the No. 5 Golden Gophers make the trip to Madison, Wis. to meet the No. 1 Badgers.