September 29, 2021

No. 3 Buckeyes Hit the Road to Face No. 4 Minnesota

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No. 3 Ohio State at #4 Minnesota
Date: Oct. 1/2, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. ET
Venue: Ridder Arena
Watch on B1G+: Friday | Saturday
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State | Minnesota
Rosters: Ohio State | Minnesota
Season Stats: Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first top-five showdown of the season is set to take place in Minneapolis this weekend as the No. 3 Ohio State women’s hockey team meets No. 4 Minnesota on Oct. 1-2 in Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 8:01 p.m. ET on Friday and 4:01 p.m. ET on Saturday with games available to stream on B1G+ (additional subscription required).

Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • Ohio State opened the season last weekend with a sweep of St. Thomas, defeating the Tommies 6-0 and 4-1 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
  • Ohio State remains ranked third in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls behind Wisconsin and Northeastern.
  • Buckeye netminder Andrea Braendli earned WCHA player of the week honors in the conference’s first installment of the weekly awards for the 2021-22 season. The senior earned the WCHA Goaltender of the Week accolade after posting a shutout against St. Thomas in last Friday’s season-opener.
  • Jenna Buglioni leads Ohio State with four points after the first weekend of the season. She recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in each game against St. Thomas. The sophomore has 10 career goals and nine assists for 19 points in her Buckeye career.
  • Buckeye newcomers Clair DeGeorge, Lexi Templeman and Emily Curlett scored their first goals as Buckeyes in the opening series of the season. Hadley Hartmetz and Lauren Bernard also added their first Buckeye points with assists against St. Thomas.

Notable Notes

  • The Buckeyes are 7-6-2 at Ridder Arena in the Muzerall-era of the program. Ohio State won its first WCHA Final Faceoff Championship at the arena in 2020. The last time Ohio State played in the arena, the team dropped a 2-3 overtime result to Wisconsin in the WCHA Final Faceoff.
  • With the two wins over St. Thomas, Muzerall improves to 97-57-17 at the helm of the Buckeyes, three wins shy of 100 for her career. She improves to 59-43-16 in conference play.
  • With one assist against St. Thomas, Liz Schepers has recorded 90 career points in her Ohio State career. She has tallied 42 goals and 48 assists in her Buckeye career.
  • Senior defenseman Sophie Jaques recorded her 50th career point last weekend, adding an assist against the Tommies to bring her career total to 51 points on 16 goals and 35 assists.
  • Brook Bink, who scored the Buckeyes’ first goal of the 2021-22 season on Sept. 24, also recorded her third game-winning goal of her career. Emily Curlett’s goal on Sept. 25 was her first game-winning goal since the 2019-20 season and fifth of her career.
  • The trip to Minnesota marks a homecoming of sorts for a few members of the Buckeye staff. Head coach Nadine Muzerall played for Minnesota and spent five seasons as an assistant for the Gophers before being named head coach at Ohio State. Assistant coach Emily West is also a former Gopher player and graduated in 2012. Kelsey Cline, who is in her first season as the Buckeyes’ director of operations, is another Minnesota alumna who played for Muzerall at Minnesota. In addition, seven Buckeye student-athletes are from the state of Minnesota.

History vs. Minnesota

  • Ohio State is 19-78-5 against Minnesota in the all-time series. The Buckeyes lead the series 11-8-1 since the start of the 2017-18 season.
  • The Buckeyes met the Gophers six times last season, including four straight matchups. Last season was the first time in program history that the Buckeyes faced the same opponent more than five times in a season.
  • The last time the Buckeyes and Gophers met, Ohio State swept then-No. 2 Minnesota in Minneapolis. Ohio State earned a 2-1 victory in the first game and a 3-2 win to take the series in the second game. The Buckeyes won the season series against the Gophers, taking four of the six games on the year between the two teams.

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).

Around the WCHA

  • Six WCHA teams are in action this weekend, including Ohio State.
  • Bemidji State and St. Thomas meet in the Tommies’ first homes series since joining Division I and the WCHA. Minnesota Duluth visits Minnesota State as well.
  • Four programs from the WCHA are ranked in the top 10 in the latest pools from USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

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