COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andrea Braendli had a February for the ages, and now she’s got the award to prove it as she’s been named the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association (WHCA) Goaltender of the Month, officials announced on Wednesday.
Braendli led the nation with a .979 save percentage in February, stopping 142 of the 145 shots she faced on her way to posting a 2-0-2 record.
The rookie’s 0.72 goals-against-average led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and finished second in the NCAA, during a month where she did not suffer a loss. Braendli notched a pair of shutouts against St. Cloud State to open the month before backstopping the Buckeyes in two ties at then No. 1 Wisconsin where she tallied 92 saves for the series, earning her NCAA No. 1 Star of the Week and WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors.
Braendli holds a .939 save percentage for the season, good for first in the WCHA. The 16 wins she’s tallied for the Buckeyes this season is the fourth-highest total for any OSU goaltender in a single season, while her six shutouts are tied for the third-highest season total in team history.
The Buckeyes head to Minneapolis this weekend for the WCHA Final Faceoff where they’ll clash with Wisconsin for a spot in the WCHA Championship game. Puck drop for the WCHA Final Faceoff Semifinal is set for 6:07 p.m. ET on Saturday.