Ohio State Buckeyes women's ice hockey

The Ohio State Buckeyes women’s ice hockey team represents Ohio State University in NCAA Division I competition in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The team plays homegames at OSU Ice Rink, located on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes athletic logo
UniversityOhio State University
Head coachNadine Muzerall
4th season, 82–50–17 (.607)
ArenaOSU Ice Rink
Capacity: 1,415 (hockey)[1]
LocationColumbus, Ohio
ColorsScarlet and Gray[2]
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament appearances
2018, 2020
Conference Tournament championships
Current uniform
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The Buckeyes competed in the WCHA championship tournament in March 2001, defeating the St. Cloud State Huskies in the first round and No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second round to advance to the championship game. The Buckeyes were defeated by eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. The Buckeyes had an 18-16-3 overall record, including 11-10-3 in the WCHA, and finished No. 8 in the national polls. During the regular season, they were 12-5-1 in their last 18 contests and finished 7-1-0.

The 2001-02 season saw the Buckeyes defeat several nationally ranked teams, including the No. 3 University of New Hampshire Wildcats and the No. 4 St. Lawrence Saints, and tie the No. 6 Dartmouth Big Green. Five players received postseason honors, including Jeni Creary, who was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year and All-WCHA First Team selection after leading the nation in scoring for the first half of the season, and Emma Laaksonen, who earned JOFA/AHCA Second Team All-America accolades and All-WCHA Second Team honors despite missing ten games while representing her native Finland at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

In the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes reached the 20-win mark for the first time in program history, finishing the season with a 20-13-4 record. They set a program record for the longest unbeaten streak at ten games (9-0-1, Oct. 28-Dec. 8), posted a team-best 30 points in the WCHA with a 13-11-4 conference record and had a 12-5-3 home record while finishing fourth in the league standings. They swept the Minnesota State Mavericks in the best-of-three league playoff tournament and advanced to the WCHA semifinals against eventual national champion Wisconsin. The Buckeyes completed the season as the 10th-ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey national polls.

Head coach Jackie Barto recorded her 200th career win November 24, 2007 with a 4-1 victory against St. Cloud State at the OSU Ice Rink.

In 2008, Tessa Bonhomme was Ohio State's first two-time Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women's hockey student-athlete in the nation. She was also the team captain of the 2007-08 Buckeyes. Bonhomme was also named WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, the first Buckeye to receive either award.

Jody Heywood was a two-time finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2007 and 2008, the first Buckeye on either men's or women's teams to be a finalist for the award.

In 2009, Liana Bonanno became the program's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America at-large selection, earning a place on the third team.

Natalie Spooner scored 21 goals in 2009, leading the team and earning the program's No. 7 spot for single-season goals. She had a six-game point streak from Nov. 15 to Jan. 9 that included a five-game goal streak to tie for the second-longest in program history. On December 12, 2008, she set the program record for goals in a game with four in a 6-5 win at Minnesota State, including a natural hat trick in the second period in a span of 1:56.[3]

The opening game of the 2009-10 season was Barto's 500th career game as coach.

Laura McIntosh was recognized as the WCHA offensive player of the week for October 19, 2011. She had a record-breaking weekend in the Buckeyes’ conference series sweep of St. Cloud State, during which she was credited with four points, seven shots on goal and a +5 plus/minus rating. On October 14, she scored her first goal of the season and assisted on a Hokey Langan goal. The assist made McIntosh Ohio State’s all-time leader in career points against WCHA opponents, surpassing Jana Harrigan’s 110 league points in 2006. The following day, McIntosh scored two points, assisting on Ally Tarr’s shorthanded game-winning goal and scoring the Buckeyes' third goal of the game.[4]

Three players reached milestones in a January 27, 2012 defeat of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Spooner scored two goals, McIntosh had three assists and Langan had two assists. McIntosh’s assists moved her into a tie at the top of the program's all-time career points list. Her 160 career points are now tied with Harrigan's. Spooner's goals were both on the power-play, bringing her season total to seven. With the goals, Spooner reached the 150 career point mark, good for third all-time in program history. Langan's assists helped her reached the 100-point milestone, only the eighth Buckeyes player to reach the mark.[5]

On March 8, 2020, the Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 1-0 in overtime to earn the program's first WCHA championship.

Season by season resultsEdit

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Jackie Barto (WCHA) (1999–2011)
1999–00 Jackie Barto 8–26–3 6–15–3 5th
2000–01 Jackie Barto 18–16–3 11–10–3 5th
2001–02 Jackie Barto 18–15–4 9–12–3 4th
2002–03 Jackie Barto 12–22–3 8–13–3 4th
2003–04 Jackie Barto 16–16–3 10–12–2 5th
2004–05 Jackie Barto 17–17–3 10–15–3 4th
2005–06 Jackie Barto 13–18–5 12–15–1 5th
2006–07 Jackie Barto 20–13–4 13–11–4 4th
2007–08 Jackie Barto 17–17–3 11–14–3 5th
2008–09 Jackie Barto 8–25–3 6–20–2 7th
2009–10 Jackie Barto 17–15–5 12–13–3 6th
2010–11 Jackie Barto 14–19–3 8–17–3 6th
Jackie Barto: 158–206–38 103–156–29
Nate Handrahan (WCHA) (2011–2015)
2011–12 Nate Handrahan 16–16–4 13–14–1 6th
2012–13 Nate Handrahan 19–15–3 12–13–3 5th
2013–14 Nate Handrahan 15–17–5 9–14–5 5th
2014–15 Nate Handrahan 17–16–3 12–13–3 6th
Nate Handrahan: 67–64–15 46–54–12
Jenny Potter (WCHA) (2015–2016)
2015–16 Jenny Potter 10–25–1 6–21–1 7th
Jenny Potter: 10–25–1 6–21–1
Nadine Muzerall (WCHA) (2016–Present)
2016–17 Nadine Muzerall 14–18–5 7–16–4 5th
2017–18 Nadine Muzerall 24–11–4 14–6–4 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
2018–19 Nadine Muzerall 20–13–2 12–10–2 3rd
2019–20 Nadine Muzerall 24–8–6 13–6–5 1st
Nadine Muzerall: 82–50–17 46–38–15
Total: 317–345–71

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Barto served as the program's first head coach, leading the team from 1999-2011 and finishing with a record of 178-209-42 (.464). During her first ten years as head coach, the program received 14 All-WCHA honors. She served on the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship Committee from 2000-06 and is a member of the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association.[6] She retired in April 2011 after 12 seasons at Ohio State.[7]

In May 2011, Nate Handrahan became the program's second head coach.[8] He coached the team for four seasons, finishing with a record of 67-64-15. He resigned on March 9, 2015 amid a sexual harassment investigation.[9]

On April 12, 2015, Jenny Schmidgall-Potter was named the program's third head coach.[10]

In September 2016, Nadine Muzerall was named the program's fourth head coach.

Buckeyes in professional hockeyEdit

Player Team League
Amber Bowman Toronto Furies CWHL
Tessa Bonhomme Toronto Furies CWHL
Natalie Spooner Toronto Furies CWHL
Laura McIntosh Brampton CWHL
Erika Vanderveer Toronto Furies CWHL


On the international level, Barto was an assistant coach in 1998 at the USA Hockey Women's Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., where she was one of four head coaches in 1999. She was an assistant coach for the 2003 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. She was a member of the selection committee for the 2006 Winter Olympic U.S. National Women's Hockey team. She was head coach of the U.S. Women's National and Select teams in 2007-08 and coached the U.S. Women's Select Team to a silver medal at the Four Nations Cup in November 2007. She was named head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Team for 2008-09. She led the U.S. Women's National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship in Harbin, China.

Spooner was a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team for the 2008 4 Nations Cup. She competed for the 2009-10 Canada Under 22 Hockey team.[11] On January 8, 2010, she scored 4:59 in overtime to give Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team a 4-3 victory over Sweden and send Canada to the gold medal game at the 2010 MLP Cup.[12], where Canada won the gold medal.


Player Position Nationality Event
Emma Laaksonen Defense   Finland 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 Winter Olympics[13]
Tessa Bonhomme Defense   Canada 2010 Winter Olympics
Lisa Chesson Defense   United States 2010 Winter Olympics
Natalie Spooner Forward   United States 2014, 2018 Winter Olympics
Sara Säkkinen Forward   Finland 2018 Winter Olympics

Individual awards and honorsEdit

  • Tessa Bonhomme, Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2007)[14]
  • Tessa Bonhomme, Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2008)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, WCHA Player of the Year
  • Tessa Bonhomme, WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
  • Tessa Bonhomme, Third Team All-USCHO (2006–07)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, First Team All-WCHA (2006–07)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, WCHA All-Tournament Team (2006–07)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, Buckeyes Most Valuable Defensive Player (2004–05)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, Buckeyes Most Valuable Freshman (2003–04).
  • Liana Bonanno, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America at-large selection, earning a place on the third team.
  • Jeni Creary Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2002)
  • Jeni Creary was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year (2002)
  • Jeni Creary, All-WCHA First Team selection (2002)
  • Rachel Davis, 2010 Frozen Four Skills Competition participant[15]
  • Jincy Dunne, WCHA Rookie of the Month, January 2017[16]
  • Jana Harrigan AHCA Second Team All-America pick (2006)
  • Jana Harrigan Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2006)
  • Jody Heywood, finalist, Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2007
  • Jody Heywood, finalist, Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2008
  • Emma Laaksonen WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year (2004)
  • Emma Laaksonen Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2002)
  • Emma Laaksonen, JOFA/AHCA Second Team All-America accolades (2002)
  • Emma Laaksonen, All-WCHA Second Team honors (2002)
  • Hokey Langan, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee[17]
  • Corinne Rosen, WCHA all-tournament team (2001)
  • Kassidy Sauve, 2014-15 WCHA All-Rookie Team[18]
  • Natalie Spooner, 2010 and 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
  • April Stojak, WCHA all-tournament team (2001)

All-America recognitionEdit

  • Tessa Bonhomme, AHCA All-America honors (2008)
  • Tessa Bonhomme, AHCA Second Team All-America pick (2007)
  • Jincy Dunne, 2017-18 Second Team All-America[19]
  • Emma Laaksonen AHCA Second Team All-America pick (2002)
  • Kassidy Sauve, 2016-17 Second Team All-America
  • Natalie Spooner, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Women's Hockey Quick Facts" (PDF) (Press release). Ohio State University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-07-31.
  2. ^ "Ohio State Brand Guidelines". Retrieved January 13, 2015.
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  4. ^ "WCHA.com - WCHA Press Releases". wcha.com.
  5. ^ "WCHA : Western Collegiate Hockey Association" (PDF). Wcha.com. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
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  7. ^ Staff (April 20, 2011). "Ohio State women's coach Barto calls it a career". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Edwards, Matt (May 25, 2011). "Nate Handrahan set to bring revival to Ohio State women's hockey". The Lantern. Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Stein, Ray; Jones, Todd (March 12, 2015). "Complaints of sexual harassment prompt resignation of Ohio State women's hockey coach". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Walsh, Paul (April 13, 2015). "Minnesota hockey Olympian Potter succeeds OSU coach who was forced out". StarTribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Official Website Of Hockey Canada". Hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  12. ^ "The Official Website Of Hockey Canada". Hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  13. ^ "Emma Laaksonen". Olympics at Sports-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27.
  14. ^ [3][dead link]
  15. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/031010aaa.html. Retrieved March 16, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  16. ^ "UMD's Stalder, UW's Desbiens And OSU's Dunne Named WCHA Women's Players of the Month". WCHA ice hockey. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  17. ^ http://www.wcha.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/021810aaa.html. Retrieved February 19, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  18. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site - Women's Ice Hockey". ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
  19. ^ Press Release (15 March 2018). "Four Women's Hockey East Players Named CCM/AHCA All-Americans". Hockey East. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Natalie Spooner Earns All-America Honors - Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site". ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

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