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Claudia Kepler
Claudia  Kepler

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Verona, Wis.

High School:
Verona Area

Last College:
Madison Capitols (AAA)

Height:
5-4

Position:
Forward

Career Honors

WCHA Rookie of the Week (Nov. 6, 2013; Jan. 29, 2014)
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 7, 2014)

2015-16 (Junior Season)

Played in 34 games, leading the team with 14 goals and dishing out 11 assists … her 25 points were the most by a Buckeye this season … had four multi-point games in 2015-16, including a four point effort against Minnesota State on Jan. 23 in which she scored twice and had two assists … had two game-winning goals on the year, both against the Mavericks … had a five game span during which she recorded nine points, during which Ohio State went 3-1-1 and she was a +6 on the ice

2014-15 (Sophomore Season)

Appeared in 36 games during her sophomore season... her 12 goals were the most in the team for the second straight year... in total she recorded 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists... during the Buckeyes' six-game winning streak she contributed a point in every game and eight points total... five multi-point performances, matching her total from the preivous season... accounted for 120 shots on the year, the most on the team... scored team's lone goal in season-opening 1-0 victory over New Hampshire.

2013-14 (Freshman Season)

Appeared in all 37 games for the Buckeyes during rookie campaign... led the team in goals with 13, becoming first freshman to do so since 2009-10 season... tallied 19 points on 13 goals and six assists... scored first-career goal Nov. 2 at Wisconsin... had five-game goal-scoring streak from Jan. 19-Feb. 1 (six total goals in that stretch), which was tied for second-longest streak in program history... had five multi-point performances and two, two-goal performances... fired 119 shots on goal, second most on the team... scored Ohio State's lone short-handed goal of the season in a win Jan. 25 vs. Minnesota State... scored two power play goals... credited with 16 blocked shots... had second-most goals out of WCHA freshmen.

Prior to Ohio State: While attending Verona Area High School, Kepler played forward for the Madison Capitols of the Tier 1 Elite League, serving as captain her senior season. During the 2011-12season she tallied 77 points (44 goals, 33 assists) and helped lead the Capitols to third place at nationals... In two seasons with the Capitols 16U squad, Kepler registered 105 scoring points... She took part in USA Hockey Player Development Camp each year from 2009-12... Kepler also played third base for Verona in softball and was named Second Team All-Conference her junior season and First Team All-Conference during her senior year.

Personal: Daughter of Dave and Karen... has a twin brother, Nolan... other hobbies include working out, cooking, boating and camping... graduated with highest honors from Verona Area High School and was two year member of the National Honor Society.

Career Statistics

Year GP G A PTS Shots P-PIM +/- PP SH GW
2013-14 37 12 7 19 119 16-40 -2 2 1 0
2014-15 36 12 11 23 120 9-29 +1 1 1 3
2015-16 18 7 5 12 51 11-22 -4 2 0 1
TOTAL 91 31 23 54 290 26-91 -5 5 2

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WCHA Statistics

Year GP G A PTS Shots P-PIM +/- PP SH GW
2013-14 28 8 5 13 94 14-36 -1 2 1 0
2014-15 28 9 9 18 101 6-23 +3 0 1 1
2015-16 14 7 4 11 42 10-20 -4 2 0 1
TOTAL 70 24 18 42 137 30-79 -2 4 2 2

THE KEPLER FILE

Career Game Highs

Goals 2

5x, last Oct. 23, 2015 vs. Minnesota State

Assists 2

twice, last Jan. 4, 2015 at Penn State

Points 3 2x, last Oct. 23, 2015 vs. Minnesota State
PIM 15 Nov. 1, 2014 vs. St. Cloud State
Shots 10 3x, last Feb. 20 2015 vs. Minnesota Duluth
Plus/Minus +2

7x, last Nov. 20, 2015 at St. Cloud State

Career Milestones

First Goal - Nov. 2, 2013 at Wisconsin

First Assist - Oct. 5, 2013 at Mercyhurst