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Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall previews No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with Gophers

Nadine Muzerall has a lot of ties to the University of Minnesota. She played for the Gophers and was an assistant coach at Minnesota for five seasons before taking over the Buckeyes. She talks about her journey and reflects on winning a national championship last season on The Rink Live podcast.

Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team prepares for National Championship game against Ohio State
Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall talks to her team during a practice at the Women’s Frozen Four on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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The Ohio State women's hockey team is the defending NCAA Division I champion and is 8-0 and ranked No. 1 a month into the season. The Buckeyes play host to second-ranked Minnesota this weekend. Nadine Muzerall has a lot of history with both teams. She played for the Gophers from 1997-2001 and was an assistant coach for Minnesota from 2011-16. She left the Gophers to become the head coach for the Buckeyes. So she knows a lot of people on both side of this weekend's series. Muzerall talks about her career, previews this weekend's series and a lot more on this episode of The Rink Live podcast with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.


:30 Top-ranked Ohio State preparing to play No. 2 Minnesota this weekend

:50 What it is like to see the Gophers on the other side after playing and being an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota


1:50 Last weekend's national championship game rematch against Minnesota Duluth and what the Buckeyes are taking out of it, what it's like being a defending national champion

3:40 What the question marks were for the Buckeyes going into the season and dealing with the new recruiting situation

5:20 The dynamic play of D Sophie Jaques and what it is like coaching her

7:15 The celebration that went along with the Buckeyes winning the program's first national title, things she will always remember

9:22 What the comeback win at Minnesota for the WCHA tournament title meant to the Buckeyes

11:20 Her relationship with Gophers head coach Brad Frost, whom she played for and was an assistant coach for, how he was the first person at the hospital after her first child was born

12:50 Memories of playing on the first Gophers teams for Laura Halldorson

14:50 Things that she has taken from Halldorson as a coach, how much she appreciated Halldorson more after she started coaching


17:30 What former Buckeyes captain Liz Schepers meant to the team. Schepers is from Mound, Minn.

20:00 How she ended up becoming the head coach at Ohio State, becoming a head coach with two small children

22:50 Is there a new arena in the future for the Buckeyes?

26:10 The status of girls hockey in Ohio

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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