November 25, 2020

Ohio State Opens Home Schedule vs. No. 1 Wisconsin


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a season-opening series split against Minnesota, the fourth-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team skates at the OSU Ice Rink for the first time this season when it hosts No. 1 Wisconsin. Puck drop is slated for 6:07 p.m. on Friday evening and 2:37 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus (subscription required).

The Basics
No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Wisconsin | Friday, Nov. 27 / Saturday, Nov. 28 | 6:07 p.m. / 2:37 p.m. | OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio
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 Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes rebounded for a 4-0 setback on Saturday to defeat Minnesota 2-1 on Sunday. Ohio State goals came from Liz Schepers and Tatum Skaggs while Emma Maltais had two assists.
  • Ohio State is up one spot in this week’s USCHO poll to No. 4. There are three WCHA teams in the top five: No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 3 Minnesota and No. 4 Ohio State.
  • In goal, Andrea Braendli had 39 saves on the weekend with a 25-save effort in Sunday’s win. She stopped 21 shots in the final two period and 14 in the third period alone.
  • The Buckeyes held a 71-44 advantage in shots over the weekend series with Maltais taking a team-high and Gabby Rosenthal contributing 10.
  • Teghan Inglis blocked a team-high eight shots while Sophie Jaques had six. The Buckeyes defense held Minnesota scoreless over the final 57 minutes of Sunday’s win.

Scouting the Badgers

  • Ranked No. 1 in this week’s USCHO poll, Wisconsin is coming off a bye on opening weekend and will be playing its first games of the 2020-21 season.
  • The Badgers were 28-5-3 in 2019-20 with a 17-4-3 mark in the WCHA.
  • Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson enters his 17th season with Wisconsin and has a career record of 522-9-246, making him the winningest coach in NCAA women’s hockey.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: A Series History

  • The Buckeyes were 1-2 against Wisconsin last season but the one victory was a 1-0 overtime win in the WCHA Final Faceoff title game.
  • In 2018-19, Ohio State went 1-1-2 against the Badgers, including a 1-0 win at the OSU Ice Rink on Jan. 11.
  • In 2017-18, the Buckeyes swept both games from Wisconsin in Columbus, winning 1-0 and 3-1 against the No. 1-ranked Badgers.

Home Sweet Home

  • Over the last four season, Ohio State is 48-19-7 at the OSU Ice Rink and has won at least 13 home games in each of the last three seasons.
  • In 2017-18, the Buckeyes were a program-best 16-2-2 at home.

Statistically Speaking

  • Emma Maltais’ two assists last Sunday give her 144 career points, the most among active players on the roster
  • Four players have over 100 games of career experience: Maltais (112), Schepers (114), Skaggs (114) and Lisa Bruno (113).
  • Both Maltais and Skaggs have over 100 career points. Skaggs’ goal on Sunday gives for 106 points for her career.
  • Schepers in 25 points away from joining Maltais and Skaggs in the 100-career points club.
  • Braendli has 1,552 saves in 62 career games with a 37-16-7 record.

No Fans at Home Games

  • Last Wednesday, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics determined that family members of the players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will no longer be permitted into any university sporting event.
  • The decision by the department to not allow any fans aligns with the Columbus Department of Health’s stay at home advisory, which was issued Wednesday. The advisory started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and will remain in place until Dec. 18.