October 21, 2021

No. 2 Buckeyes Set to Face No. 1 Wisconsin


No. 2 Ohio State at No. 1 Wisconsin
Date: Oct. 23/24, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. ET
Venue: LaBahn Arena
Watch: Saturday (B1G+) | Sunday (BTN)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State
Rosters: Ohio State | Wisconsin
Season Stats: Ohio State | Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top two women’s hockey teams in the nation face off this weekend as No. 2 Ohio State meets No. 1 Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24. Both the Buckeyes (6-0-0) and Badgers (8-0-0) are undefeated headed into the series.

Saturday’s game will be streamed on B1G+ (additional subscription required) and Sunday’s game will be broadcast nationally on BTN with Sloane Martin and Annie Pankowski on the call.

Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • Ohio State is 6-0-0 on the year after starting the season with sweeps of St. Thomas, then-ranked No. 4 Minnesota and Bemidji State. Ohio State opens the season with six wins for the first time in program history. The previous best season opening streak was five wins to start the 2012-13 campaign. Starting the season against three conference opponents, the Buckeyes have also earned their longest WCHA win streak in program history.
  • The Buckeyes remain ranked second in this week’s USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The No. 2 ranking ties the program-high which was also achieved on Feb. 17, 2021.
  • Buckeye forward Jenn Gardiner was named WCHA Forward of the Week after a team-high five-point performance against Bemidji State. She scored back-to-back goals and added an assist against the Beavers, helping Ohio State to a 7-0 win in the first game of the series. In game two, Gardiner added two more points with an assist on the first and third Buckeye goals. The junior finished +4 on the weekend.

Notable Notes

  • Jenna Buglioni and Gabby Rosenthal lead the Buckeyes with five goals apiece this season. Rosenthal scored four goals against Bemidji State, including a hat trick in the first game of the series. Buglioni has scored against every opponent she’s faced this season.
  • In addition to leading the team in goals, Buglioni is tied with Jenn Gardiner for the most points on the team with 11. She has registered a point in each of Ohio State’s games this season and two points in four games on the year. The sophomore sits atop the conference leader board in points and is tied for seventh nationally in points per game and goals per game.
  • Gardiner has recorded team-high seven assists on the year and ranks sixth nationally in assists per game (1.17).
  • Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 28-5 on the year. The team holds a 240-123 shot advantage over its opponents.
  • The Buckeyes are one of five teams in the country with a perfect 1.000 penalty kill percentage. Ohio State also leads the nation in scoring defense (0.33).
  • Ohio State Head Coach Nadine Muzerall earned her 100th career win in game one of the series against Bemidji State. Muzerall, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the Buckeyes, has amassed a career record of 101-57-17 overall and 63-43-16 in conference play.
  • Through six games, 18 of 25 players on the roster have recorded a point.
  • The Buckeye goaltender crew of Andrea Braendli, Raygan Kirk, Quinn Kuntz and Amanda Thiele has allowed just five goals on the year for a .83 goals against average. Braendli, who is 4-0-0 on the year, leads the group with 89 saves.

History vs. Wisconsin

  • Ohio State is 17-73-10 (.220) in the all-time series against Wisconsin.
  • The Buckeyes and Badgers have met four times in the postseason in the last three seasons, including the team’s first WCHA Final Faceoff championship win in 2020.
  • Since the 2018-19 season, nine of the 16 contests between the two programs have been decided by one point or in a shootout.
  • Wisconsin joins the Buckeyes as the only other undefeated team in the WCHA this season.
  • Ohio State and Wisconsin last met in the 2021 Frozen Four in the semifinal game that the Badgers ultimately won, 4-2. Gabby Rosenthal and Sara Saekkinen scored goals for the Buckeyes in the matchup.

Around the WCHA

  • No. 4 Minnesota plays No. 3 Colgate this weekend to round out the lineup of top teams in the nation facing each other this week.
  • A conference showdown between Minnesota Duluth and St. Thomas is also on deck for this weekend as well as non-conference matchup between Bemidji State and Clarkson.

Captaining the Buckeyes

  • Paetyn Levis, Gabby Rosenthal and Liz Schepers captain the Buckeyes this season. Schepers will don the captain’s C while Levis and Rosenthal will serve as alternate captains.
  • Schepers is a two-time captain as she was also named captain for the 2020-21 campaign.
  • Levis and Rosenthal are in their senior seasons while Schepers is a graduate student and playing her fifth season for the Buckeyes.

Meet the Newcomers

  • Ohio State added 10 newcomers to its roster for 2021-22, including eight transfers and two freshmen.
  • The group includes: Raygan Kirk (Ste. Anne, Man. / Robert Morris), Teagan Grant (New Liskeard, Ont. / Wisconsin), Hadley Hartmetz (Phoenixville, Pa. / Boston College), Kenzie Hauswirth (Farmington, Minn. / Quinnipiac), Clair DeGeorge (Anchorage, Alaska / Bemidji State), Madisyn Wiebe (North Vancouver, B.C.), Lauren Bernard (Madison, Ohio / Clarkson), Lexi Templeman (Staffa, Ont. / Robert Morris), Jamie Grinder (Richmond, B.C. / Delta Hockey Academy) and Emily Curlett (Columbiaville, Mich. / Robert Morris).