Watch Ohio State Women’s Hockey Game vs. Wisconsin in National Championship Game Live (3/19/23)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State women’s hockey can claim its second straight national championship as it takes on Wisconsin in this season’s championship game on Sunday. The Duluth, Minnesota puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
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The Buckeyes earned their spot in the championship game after shutting out Northeastern Friday 3-0. Wisconsin beat Minnesota in overtime, 3-2, to win the other national semifinal.
What: 2023 NCAA Women’s Division I National Hockey Championship game.
Who: Wisconsin (28-10-2) vs. Ohio State (33-5-2).
When: Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Where: AMSOIL Arena, Duluth.
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Announcers: Clay Matvick, AJ Mlezcko and Hillary Knight.
Read some of what cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises wrote ahead of the National Semifinal win over Northeastern about OSU’s push for back-to-back titles.
The No. 1 team in the country, the defending national champion, the new enemy to target for everyone else…this group of players and coaches were looking for an encore last week. Emma Maltais found it in a 5 year old video and shared it with everyone, passing on this memory to this team of the moment.
That was the reaction of the Ohio State women’s hockey team to earning their first NCAA Tournament bid in the 2018 season, when Maltais was a rookie and coach Nadine Muzerall in was in her second season to turn the tumultuous schedule she inherited into these tough champions. search more.
“Just to see how pure and exciting we were and how surprised and excited we were, I think it’s really important not to forget that,” Maltais said, “and bring that motivation to every game.”
Ohio State women’s hockey players are motivated. But they are neither outspoken nor naive. They are not new. They are not pure. They are tough and focused, angry with every loss and confident with every win. They’re on top and aren’t afraid to say it, and they chase it and aren’t afraid to show it. They’re the best team in the country and they’ll be looking for rare air in Ohio State sports at the Women’s Frozen Four in Duluth, Minnesota this weekend.
In Ohio State sports history, the Buckeyes have won 39 national titles. That’s eight won by the football team in the bowl and playoff systems, then 31 NCAA championships in baseball, men’s basketball, fencing, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, men’s outdoor track, rowing, men’s swimming, men’s volleyball, wrestling and, thanks to last season, women’s hockey.
Football, fencing, men’s golf and men’s gymnastics have several titles but have never been repeated. The only repeat champions in OSU history are men’s volleyball (2016-17), rowing (2013-15) and men’s swimming (1945-1947, 1949-1950, 1954-56). Women’s hockey, a mediocre reflection for 17 seasons when Muzerall was hired just before the 2016-17 season after the two previous coaches struggled, is trying to join that list.
In fact, try scratching. Maybe pushing. Struggle. Tackle.
If you don’t like women’s college hockey, think of it this way: Ohio State women’s hockey is Georgia football. New to the top, not planning to go anywhere and chasing back-to-back national titles. Not that it will be easy. Muzerall knows it will be a fight. She also knows that if anyone beats the Buckeyes — the Northeast’s No. 5 takes the first hit Friday, with Minnesota and Wisconsin’s No. 2 in the opposite semifinal — they’ll have to knock out the Buckeyes.
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