Nov. 10, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall and her staff have signed five future Buckeyes for the 2017-18 season.
Lisa Bruno, Emma Maltais, Elizabeth Schepers, Tatum Skaggs, and McKenna Wesloh have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State, and all five have already experienced great success in their young hockey careers.
A defenseman from Whitby, Ontario, Lisa Bruno is currently a member of the Durham Lightning of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL). Team captain for this season, has suited up for the Lightning since the 2012-13 season, having skated in 90 games and recording 37 points (five goals, 32 assists). In 2015-16 she tallied a team-high 20 assists, which were the most of any defenseman in the entire league and tied for 11th overall. This year she has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in 12 games for the Lightning, helping to anchor one of the stingiest defenses in the league; Durham has allowed 18 goals so far, putting it in the Top 5 in the PWHL in goals allowed. The team owns a 7-2-2-1 record so far this year and during a four-game unbeaten stretch (3-0-1) Bruno had at least a point in each contest.
A forward from Burlington, Ontario, Emma Maltais currently plays for the Oakville Hornets of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL). The team’s all-time points leader with 119 as of this writing, she leads the league so far this year with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and has nine multi-point games. A team captain, she has led her team to an unbeaten record of 15-0-2, the only team in the league without a loss. With Maltais leading the way, Oakville has scored 76 goals on the season, 30 more than the next-best team. She has suited up 78 games for the Hornets in her career, scoring 43 goals and dishing out 76 assists. She helped lead the team to a third place finish in 2015, posting six points during postseason play. She was second in the PWHL that year with 54 points, and she helped lead her team to an Ontario Women’s Hockey Association championship by scoring the game-winning goal in triple overtime. Maltais skated with Team Canada’s U18 team at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championships this past January, and also helped them win their annual series against Team USA in 2015 by scoring two goals as the youngest player on the entire team.
A forward from Mound, Minnesota, Elizabeth Schepers will play for Mound Westonka High School this season. A team captain for the White Hawks, she helped lead the team to a record of 17-5-3 and an appearance in the section playoffs. She made headlines with her six point (four goals, two assists) postseason performance in her team’s 7-0 win over No. 7 ranked St. Peter. For the season, Schepers tallied 57 points on 33 goals and 24 assists. Her point and goal totals put her in the Top 15 in the state of Minnesota. She also registered 10 game-winning goals and 13 power play points during the 2015-16 season. She has been an all-conference performer every season she’s played at the varsity level, and last year earned honorable mention all-state distinctions while leading Mound Westonka to a conference title. Outside of playing for the White Hawks, Schepers has suited up for the Junior White Caps and Velocity Hockey ‘98.
A forward from Hartland, Wisconsin, Tatum Skaggs currently plays for the Chicago Mission U19 team of the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). Since their first game this season on Sept. 2, the Mission have compiled a record of 22-3-1-1 and boast a goal differential of 112-29. In national competition, Skaggs and the rest of the Mission have performed incredibly well. She was one of the key players on the 2015 squad that took home a championship from 2015 Toyota USA Hockey Nationals, a year in which Chicago went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team and defeated powerhouse and No. 2-ranked Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.). Skaggs scored the game-winning goal in the championship game, securing the first national championship for Chicago since 2008. She has experience competing on the national level as well, earning an invite to USA Hockey’s U18 Select Camp in 2015. Early on in her hockey career, she earned a trip to USA Hockey National Camp while still a member of her U14 team, the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals.
A forward from Zimmerman, Minnesota, McKenna Wesloh will be playing for the Minnesota Revolution Academy’s U19 team. She has posted 30 points in just 16 games so far this year, scoring 15 goals and recording 15 assists. She has five games with at least three points in 2016 and she registered a hat trick in her teams win over the Ottawa 67’s on Sept. 17. Minnesota Revolution Academy currently own a record of 10-3-3. Last season, Wesloh was second on the team in points with 23 in 32 games, posting 11 goals and 12 assists and seven multi-point games. Prior to her time with the Revolution, she played at Elk River High School for two years, last appearing in 2013-14 and helping the team to 22 wins during her time there. She has also attended multiple USA Hockey camps, most recently being one of 66 athletes to receive an invitation to the 2016 USA Hockey U18 Women’s Camp.