COLUMBUS, Ohio — A trio of Buckeyes were named to All-USCHO teams on Friday, with Kassidy Sauvé and Jincy Dunne earning Third Team honors, and Emma Maltais being named to the Rookie Team, United States College Hockey Online announced on Friday.
Sauvé finished the season at third place in the NCAA with 10 shutouts, the most any Buckeye goaltender had ever posted in a season. Her 920 saves finished second in the nation, while leading the WCHA. She also broke multiple records during the season, becoming the all-time program leader in shutouts and saves, while tying the record for most goalie wins in program history. While some goaltenders rack up shutouts against inferior opponents, Sauvé proved she could do it against the best, shutting out No. 1 Wisconsin back in February at the OSU Ice Rink. As the team took the ice against Boston College, the top ranked offense in the nation, the goaltender never relented and kept a blank sheet as the Buckeyes advanced to their first Frozen Four ever.
A big assist in notching those shutouts was Dunne, as the defenseman played in every game this year for the Buckeyes. Dunne finished with a team high Plus-22 rating on the season, while tallying 24 assists, tied for the team lead with Maltais, and for second in the WCHA. Dunne also earned AHCA All-American honors last week.
Maltais led the WCHA in points for most of the season, only falling to second during the Frozen Four. She finished with 40 points, the highest total for a Buckeye since Natalie Spooner tallied 50 points in the 2011-12 season. Her 24 assists were tied with Dunne for the team lead, and for second in the conference. Maltais brought home the WCHA Rookie of the Year award earlier this month, capping off a fantastic season where she won WCHA Rookie of the Month honors four times, along with multiple weekly honors.
This is the first time that a Buckeye has earned All-USCHO honors since Sara Schmidt in 2014. It is also only the second time that multiple Buckeyes have earned honors in the same season, the other being Tessa Bonhomme and Amber Bowman back in 2007. The program has never seen three teammates honored in the same season.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the best season in program history last week, falling to eventual national champion Clarkson in the Frozen Four semifinal, a 1-0 overtime thriller. OSU finished with a program best 24 wins to go along with the slew of individual awards earned by the team throughout the season.