September 22, 2021

Ohio State Opens 2021-22 Season Against St. Thomas

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No. 3 Ohio State vs. St. Thomas
Date: Sept. 24/25, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. ET
Venue: OSU Ice Rink
Watch on B1G+: Saturday | Sunday
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State | St. Thomas
Rosters: Ohio State | St. Thomas

** Parking Note: Due to the football game on Saturday, women’s hockey fans are advised to arrive prior to 1 p.m. and park in the Lane Avenue Garage. The Lane Avenue Garage has limited capacity and will close to arriving fans at 1 p.m. Those arriving after 1 p.m. can park in any day-of-game lot, with the closest to the rink being the Fawcett Center and Riverside lots. Parking is $20. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State women’s hockey team opens the 2021-22 season this weekend, hosting St. Thomas Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25 at the OSU Ice Rink. Puck drop is set for 6:01 p.m. ET on Friday and 2:01 p.m. ET on Saturday with both games streaming on B1G+ (additional subscription required).

Buckeyes In a Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from last season and welcome 10 newcomers to the roster this year.
  • The team is currently ranked third in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls behind Wisconsin and Northeastern.
  • Ohio State was picked to finish second in this year’s WCHA preseason poll after receiving 40 total points, and one first place vote, in a vote of conference head coaches. Wisconsin was picked to finish first in the league, receiving seven first-place votes and 49 total points. Ohio State was followed by Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and St. Thomas.
  • Goalkeeper Andrea Braendli was named to the WCHA’s Preseason All-Conference team for the second consecutive year. Clair DeGeorge and Liz Schepers each received votes.
  • Brandli, a senior from Zurich, Switzerland, was a second-team All-WCHA selection in 2020-21 along with being an HCA Goalie of the Year Award Finalist. She had an 11-7-0 record in 18 games last season.
  • Schepers, Paetyn Levis and Gabby Rosenthal will captain the Buckeyes this season. Schepers is a two-time captain while seniors Levis and Rosenthal earn their first captain honors as alternates this season.

About Last Year

  • Ohio State finished the 2020-21 season 13-7-0 overall and 11-5-0 during the WCHA regular season.
  • Wrapping up the season third in the WCHA, the Buckeyes earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA tournament after earning an at-large bid.
  • The team defeated Boston College, 3-1, in the quarterfinals to advance to its second Frozen Four appearance in four years. Ohio State ultimately fell to Wisconsin in the semifinals.

Notable Notes

  • Head coach Nadine Muzerall enters her sixth season guiding the Buckeyes. A two-time WCHA Coach of the Year, she has accumulated a .612 win percentage (95-57-17) and a .546 win percentage in conference play (57-43-16).
  • Ohio State returns three of its top five point producers from 2020-21: graduate Liz Schepers (6-9-15), sophomore Jenna Buglioni (8-7-15) and junior Jennifer Gardiner (8-7-15). Goaltender Andrea Braendli also returns after becoming the program’s winningest goaltender (47 career wins) last year, finishing the season with a 1.99 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
  • Other experienced returnees include seniors Sophie Jaques, Paetyn Levis and Madison Bizal. The trio has skated in over 90 games for the Buckeyes headed into this season.
  • Fourteen members of the women’s ice hockey team were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year. To be eligible for Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors, student-athletes must carry a grade-point average of 3.7 for the previous academic year.
  • Seven past and present Buckeyes participated in the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships in Calgary this past summer, including Emma Maltais and Andrea Braendli. Maltais went on to win gold in the tournament with fellow Buckeye alumna Natalie Spooner for Canada while Braendli recorded a tournament-high 181 saves for Team Switzerland.
  • Maltais plans to return to the Ohio State program for the 2022-23 season after centralizing with the Canadian National Team this year.

Making History vs. St. Thomas

  • The season-opening series marks the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Tommies as St. Thomas is set to play its first season as a Division I program.
  • In the last 20 years at the DIII level, St. Thomas never had a losing record. The program ranked third or better in the MIAC every year and registered a 208-89-36 record over the last 13 seasons.

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

  • Ohio State’s meeting with St. Thomas is the first game of the 2021-22 WCHA conference season. For the first time since the 2016-17 season, the conference is made up of eight teams with the addition of St. Thomas this year.
  • Both Minnesota and Wisconsin will face non-conference foes this weekend in Merrimack and Lindenwood, respectively.
  • Four programs from the WCHA are ranked in the top 10 of both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls headed into the season.

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