Ohio State's Nadine Muzerall helps preview WCHA Final Faceoff, keys to this season's Buckeyes

No. 2-ranked Ohio State takes on Wisconsin in conference semifinals. The sixth-year head coach also discusses her career, what intrigued her about coaching and how she helped turn the Buckeyes

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Nadine Muzerall
The Rink Live

Nadine Muzerall was an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women's hockey team from 2011-16. She left her alma mater to take over an Ohio State team that had gone 10-25-1 overall in 2015-16. By 2018, the Buckeyes were playing in the Frozen Four for the first time. Ohio State also reached the Frozen Four in 2021. She discusses some keys to her success as a coach, talks about her time as a player for the University of Minnesota and what got her interested in becoming a coach with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.

1:20 Feeling more like a general manager last summer with the transfer portal, extra year of eligibility for players

2:30 A look at the semifinal game against Wisconsin that takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ridder Arena

3:45 How defenseman Sophie Jacques went from four points last season to 54 points and being a plus-45 this season

5:20 Growing up in a suburb of Toronto, making the choice to play college hockey in America


7:45 Attending boarding school in the Northeast in America

8:40 Pulling a goalie in overtime against Bemidji State

11:15 First steps when she took over at Ohio State

14:00 Recruiting to Ohio State

16:15 The 2017-18 season, making the NCAAs and the coaching staff

17:40 The nuances of the OSU rink

19:30 What made her decided to get into coaching

21:30 Liz Schepers becoming a key player after not getting recruited much out of Mound-Westonka, Hockey Day Minnesota in Bemidji


25:00 Toughest parts of coaching prep hockey after being a great player

28:40 Being a Canadian, living and coaching in the USA and who she roots for in the Olympics

30:00 Keys for OSU to win the Final Faceoff

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, 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.
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