July 26, 2022

Twelve Buckeyes Invited to USA Hockey Women’s National Festival


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twelve Ohio State women’s hockey players have been invited USA Hockey’s Women’s National Festival, the organization announced Tuesday. The camp will be held Aug. 8-13 at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, N.Y.

Current Buckeyes invited to camp include Lauren Bernard, Madison Bizal, Riley Brengman, Hadley Hartmetz, Paetyn Levis, Sydney Morrow, Emma Peschel, Amanda Thiele and Makenna Webster. Alumnae Clair DeGeorge, Jincy Dunne and Liz Schepers will also be in attendance. Overall, 116 athletes were invited to Buffalo.

Three teams will be selected from this camp, including the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Under-18 Select Team and Collegiate Select Team. The national team will compete at the IIHF Women’s World Championships in August while the select teams will head to Calgary to play a three-game series against Canada.

Dunne, a 2020 Ohio State graduate, most recently competed for the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She helped Team USA to a silver medal finish. Last summer, she made her first senior worlds team, winning silver with the Women’s National Team at the 2021 Women’s World Championships in Calgary.

Seven of the current Buckeyes who have made the camp roster have previously earned medals for Team USA at the U18 level. Most recently, incomers Morrow and Peschel helped the United States to a silver medal finish at the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championships. In 2020, goaltender Thiele helped Team USA take gold at the U18 Worlds in Bratislava, Slovakia. Rising senior Lauren Bernard won silver with the U18 team in Japan at the 2019 tournament. Bizal, Hartmetz and Webster teamed up to win gold in 2018 and DeGeorge helped the team to gold in 2017.

This year’s festival marks the fifth invite for DeGeorge, Hartmetz and Webster. Thiele and Bernard will play at their third National Festival while Bizal, Morrow and Peschel will play at their second. In 2021, Schepers was invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp. Levis and Brengman are set to make their National Festival debut this summer.

The 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championships will be contested Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Denmark. The United States will play in Herning for the preliminary rounds. Quarterfinals will be contested in both Herning and Frederikshavn before the semi-finals and medal games in Herning.