February 2, 2018

Skaggs, Sauvé and Maltais Earn WCHA Monthly Honors

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Feb. 2, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a historic January, three Ohio State women’s ice hockey players earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Month awards, powered by GoodWood Hockey, conference officials announced on Friday.

Tatum Skaggs led the team in points for the month on her way to WCHA Offensive Player of the Month honors. She provided an offensive spark that led the team to a 5-3 record, with four of those wins coming against top-10 ranked teams. In the series with No. 9 Robert Morris Skaggs posted a three-point game in the opener, scoring two goals and assisting on a third, and followed that with a two assist performance in the series finale. After not tallying a point in the series opener with Minnesota, the rookie started a three-game goal streak that’s still active. Skaggs leads the WCHA in goals this season with 18, and her .64 goals-per-game lead the conference as well.

None of that offensive would mean much without some solid defense, and luckily for the Buckeyes they had January’s WCHA Goaltender of the Month Kassidy Sauvé in net. Sauvé played huge in January, including one shutout against No. 9 Robert Morris. She followed that shutout by making 44 saves in the next game. The redshirt junior made a combined 54 saves as the Buckeyes swept No. 5 Minnesota for the first time in program history. On the year Sauve leads the WCHA in saves, and ranks third nationally. Lastly, she tallied her third assist of the year in Ohio State’s 3-2 series opening win against the Golden Gophers.

Last, but certainly not least, is the WCHA Rookie of the Month, Emma Maltais. This is the third time Maltais has earned the Rookie of the Month distinction. Maltais posted eight points in a shortened month where she missed two games to play with her native Canada in the Nations Cup. She wasted no time upon returning to Columbus, netting a goal and assisting on another in her first game back against No. 9 Robert Morris. She followed that with a three-point game in the series finale, lighting the lamp once and assisting on two goals. The rookie only had one game in the month where she didn’t tally at least one point. Her staggering +7 led the team, while her eight points came in second for the month.

The Buckeyes start a series with No. 1 Wisconsin tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.