Head Coach Nate Handrahan
June 27, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team released its 2012-13 schedule Wednesday. Head coach Nate Handrahan and the Buckeyes will face four teams ranked among the Top 10 in both national women's hockey polls, including national champion Minnesota. The squad also will play two conference series in Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, marking the first time the women's hockey team has played in the venue.
"This schedule will be a challenge to our team," Handrahan said. "The WCHA offers the most competitive league schedule in the nation with no nights off. We wanted to put together a different non-conference schedule with new teams like Lindenwood, 2012 Division III national champion and now Division I newcomer RIT and perennial power Princeton in order to create some new rivalries and experiences."
Ohio State kicks off the season in Columbus, hosting Lindenwood in a two-game series at the OSU Ice Rink, Sept. 28-29. The Buckeyes open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season on the road, traveling to Minnesota Duluth Oct. 5-6. The squad then hosts WCHA opponent North Dakota Oct. 12-13 before facing defending NCAA champion Minnesota on the road Oct. 19-20. The Buckeyes close out the month hosting the Beavers of Bemidji State Oct. 26-27.
The team travels to St. Cloud, Minn., for a WCHA series vs. St. Cloud State Nov. 2-3 before taking a two-week breather from competition. The Buckeyes return to the ice and host national powerhouse Wisconsin for a conference series at the Schottenstein Center Nov. 16-17. They then hit the road for two-straight series, facing Princeton in a non-conference series Nov. 23-24 before heading to Minnesota State Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
The Buckeyes conclude the first half of the season with a non-conference series against RIT at the OSU Ice Rink Dec. 8-9.
Following an exhibition game against Durham West in Columbus on Jan. 5, the squad returns to WCHA competition as they travel to Wisconsin Jan. 10-11. Ohio State hosts two-straight WCHA series at the OSU Ice Rink to close out January.
The Buckeyes face Bemidji State on the road Feb. 1-2, before hosting the Golden Gophers the following weekend Feb. 8-9. The team hits the road one last time as it travels to Grand Forks, N.D., for a series vs. North Dakota Feb. 15-16. Ohio State will celebrate its senior class and host the final series of the year, playing Minnesota State at the Schottenstein Center Feb. 22-23.
Postseason play begins March 1-3 with the WCHA First Round Playoffs, a best-of-three series with the top four team's hosting. Minnesota hosts the WCHA Final Faceoff March 8-9 at Ridder Arena. NCAA Regionals will be held at various sites March 15-16 with the final four teams returning to Ridder Arena for the NCAA Frozen Four March 22 and 24.
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