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Dec. 6, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— For the third time this season Ohio State goaltender Kassidy Sauve has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

The Buckeyes had an excellent weekend, going 1-0-1 against No. 9 North Dakota; a 1-1 tie on Friday night was followed up with a 2-1 victory over the Fighting Hawks on Saturday. Sauve was spectacular; she earned the decision in both contests, posting a 0.96 goals against average and stopping 97.7 percent of the shots that came her way. She made 42 saves on Friday night and followed that up with 43 and a win on Saturday.

As of this writing the Whitby, Ontario native owns the best save percentage in the country among goaltenders who have started at least 10 games (.952). Her goals against average of 1.73 puts her in the Top 10 as well, and she’s also one of six goalies to have at least four shutouts this season. More impressive still, Sauve has put up all of these numbers while facing more shots than any goalie in the NCAA.

Sauve and the rest of the Buckeyes host No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend at OSU Ice Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:07 on Friday and 3:07 on Saturday. Our first post-game skate of the season will be held after Saturday’s game.