COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 2 Ohio State women's hockey team remains undefeated on the year, as the team picked up a 7-0 victory over Bemidji State on Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The win marked the 100th career victory for Buckeye head coach Nadine Muzerall as the team improved to 5-0-0 this season.
How it Happened
Liz Schepers started the night off with her first goal of the season. The graduate captain took advantage of the early power play opportunity and knocked in the team's first score at 6:58.
Jenn Gardiner decided to take control of the second period herself, scoring two back-to-back goals in the span of two minutes. Her first came at 13:15 and the second followed at 15:16.
The Buckeyes hammered home the win in the third period, scoring four goals in the final 20 minutes of play. Gabby Rosenthal's three consecutive goals highlighted the final frame as the senior scored a hat trick within nine minutes. Lauren Bernard also added a goal, kicking off the Ohio State scoring spree at 3:27 into the period.
In goal, Andrea Braendli and Quinn Kuntz split time as Braendli recorded 50:00 minutes in net and Kuntz closed out the final 10 minutes for Ohio State.
- In her 174th game coaching the Buckeyes, Nadine Muzerall earned her 100th career win as a head coach. She now owns a record of 100-57-17 (.624).
- Gabby Rosenthal's third period hattrick is tied for the most points in a single period in program history. This feat has been accomplished three times in the history of the team, with the last player to reach this record being Charly Dahlquist on Dec. 16, 2018. Rosenthal's three points in a period also ties for a program-best points in a single period. The record has been achieved 17 times and she was the last player to reach the record on Feb. 15, 2020. In her 90th career game skating for the Buckeyes, Rosenthal registered her highest scoring game of her career and tied her career high single-game points, which she has reached three times.
- Jenna Buglioni extends her point streak to five games with three assists on the night. She has recorded two points on one goal and one helper in three of the team's four games this season and multiple points in four of the five contests.
- Ohio State opens the season with five wins for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. The record ties for the best season-opening record in program history which has been achieved three times. The team also opened the 2010-11 season on a 5-0-0 run. The undefeated run of all conference games matches the program's best WCHA win streak which was last achieved during the 2005-06 season.
- Liz Schepers scored her first goal of the season against Bemidji State. The goal is her 43rd goal and her 91st point of her career.
- Jenn Gardiner's two-goal game is her fifth game with two scores. The last time she recorded two goals was against Bemidji State last season on 1/2/21.
- A couple of Buckeyes earned their first points donning the scarlet and gray sweater in the win over Bemidji State. Lauren Bernard picked up her first goal of the season while Kenzie Hauswirth added her first point with an assist.
- Playing 10 minutes on the night, Quinn Kuntz picked up two saves for the Buckeyes. The junior has played in three career games for Ohio State and stopped eight shots.
- Andrea Braendli is now 20 saves shy of 2,000 for her career (1,980).
Shots: Ohio State 53, Bemidji State 13
Saves: Bemidji State (Dowhy) 29, Ohio State (Braendli) 11
Power Play: Ohio State 2-4, Bemidji State (0-2)
Faceoffs: Ohio State 27, Bemidji State 22
Ohio State Scoring: Rosenthal (3-0-3), Gardiner (2-1-3), Buglioni (0-3-3), Bizal (0-2-2), Bernard (1-0-1), Schepers (1-0-1), Curlett (0-1-1), Levis (0-1-1), Hauswirth (0-1-1), DeGeorge (0-1-1), Jaques (0-1-1)
The Buckeyes and Beavers meet for game two of the series tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 16. Puck drop is set for 3:01 p.m. Admission to all women's hockey games at the OSU Ice Rink is free.