September 13, 2022

Trio of Buckeyes Named to Preseason All-WCHA Team


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State women’s hockey players were voted by Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) coaches to the Preseason All-WCHA Team, the conference announced Tuesday. Defender Sophie Jaques, forward Emma Maltais and goaltender Amanda Thiele represent Ohio State on the six-player list.

Jaques, the 2022 WCHA Defender of the Year, earns conference preseason honors for the first time in her career. Last season for the Buckeyes, Jaques led the team with an Ohio State defenseman record 59 points. She finished second in the country in assists per game (1.00) and power play goals (11) and was named to both the WCHA Final Faceoff and NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament teams. The civil engineering graduate student also was named Ohio State’s first top three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Maltais, who returns to the Ohio State roster after centralizing with Hockey Canada for the 2021-22 season, was voted to her third career preseason all-conference team. The 2018 Rookie of the Year also received a vote for preseason conference player of the year. During her senior campaign in 2020-21, the Burlington, Ont. native tallied a team-high 11 assists and added five goals for 16 points. She was a named a Second Team AHCA All-American and a Patty Kazmaier Top 10 Finalist for the second consecutive year. With 158 career points (55 goals, 103 assists), she currently ranks fourth among all-time Buckeyes and is just the second player in program history to collect 100+ assists.

Thiele is the lone goaltender named to the preseason all-conference team. Last year for the Buckeyes, she recorded 465 saves and posted an 18-3-0 record. She owns the program record for season goals-against average (1.31) and finished the 2021-22 campaign with a .939 save percentage. Thiele was also named to the 2022 Final Faceoff All-Tournament Team in her first appearance in the tournament.

Ohio State was also voted second in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. The Buckeyes earned three first-place votes and 43 total points to come in just one point behind Minnesota.

The Buckeyes earned No. 1 overall rankings in both the DCU/ and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason polls. The Buckeyes took 17 of 20 first-place votes in the DCU/ poll and 16 of 19 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

This year marks the first time Ohio State has earned the top spot in either national preseason poll. The Buckeyes earned their first No. 1 ranking in program history following their 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff championship win. The 3-2 overtime victory over Minnesota in the conference tournament title game also earned the team the top seed in the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State is set to open the 2022-23 season on the road with a series at Minnesota State Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The team hosts its home opener Oct. 7-8 against St. Cloud State at the OSU Ice Rink.