March 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second consecutive month a pair of Ohio State University Buckeyes have claimed Western Collegiate Hockey Association monthly awards. Emma Maltais has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Month for February, and Tatum Skaggs has earned the WCHA Offensive Player of the Month award, both powered by GoodWood Hockey, conference officials announced on Thursday.
For Maltais, this is the fourth time she’s earned the WCHA Rookie of the Month distinction. Coming into the season the Buckeyes had only one WCHA Rookie of the Week winner in program history, now the team can claim four wins in one season. The Burlington, Ontario native was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year on Wednesday, and as part of the All-WCHA First Team last week, in addition to the other honors she’s accumulated over the season.
Playing in all eight games the team had in February, Maltais scored seven points and finished with a plus-seven rating for the month. She netted five goals and notched two assists in February, bringing her season point total 40, good for first place in the league.
With 37 points, Skaggs is second only to Maltais in points in the WCHA. She led the team with eight points in February, scoring five goals and getting three assists. Her month started in spectacular fashion, tallying four points as the Buckeyes swept No. 1 Wisconsin. The rookie bookended her month with a two-goal performance against Minnesota State last Saturday that helped send OSU to the WCHA Final Faceoff for the first time since 2013.
Skaggs was also named to the All-WCHA Third Team last week, on top of the multiple WCHA weekly and monthly award wins she’s racked up over the season. Her 23 goals and 0.64 goals-per-game lead the conference.
The Buckeyes head to Minneapolis for the WCHA Final Faceoff this weekend to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the WCHA Semifinal. That game is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Saturday.