COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey’s Sophie Jaques and Amanda Thiele have been awarded two of the WCHA’s final Player of the Month honors of the year, the conference announced Monday. Jaques garnered her fourth monthly defenseman honor while Amanda Thiele earned her first Goaltender of the Month nod for her career.
Sophie Jaques tallied 10 points in February on two goals and eight assists for the Buckeyes. The senior recorded three multipoint games in the month, including three points on three helpers against Minnesota State (Feb. 5). She led WCHA defensemen in February in points and assists and tied the lead in goals. She was on the ice for four of the Buckeyes’ five goals in the series opener against Wisconsin and earned two of the conference’s three weekly defensemen honors for on-ice success throughout the month.
This season, Jaques has hit record numbers as a blueliner. The Toronto, Ont. native broke the Buckeye record for season points by a defenseman against the Mavericks (Feb. 5) and tallied her 100th career point against Bemidji State (Feb. 12). She is just the third Buckeye defenseman to hit the century point mark. Jaques is an eight-time WCHA Defender of the Week honoree this year on top of being awarded four of the league’s five monthly blueliner honors, the most monthly awards of any WCHA player this season.
Amanda Thiele earned the conference’s netminder award after posting a 6-1 record in February. She earned two shutouts in seven games played, including one in her first WCHA playoff game against St. Cloud State. She finished the month with a .950 save percentage to continue her conference-best season save percentage (.942). The Milford, Mich. native posted a 1.00 goals against average in the month to improve her conference-leading average to 1.20 on the year.
The pair of the Buckeyes helped Ohio State finish 1-for-18 (.944) on the penalty kill in February and hold its opponents to just nine goals in nine games.
Ohio State continues the season at the 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff this weekend at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes will face the No. 3 seed Wisconsin Badgers at 4 p.m. CT in the second semifinal game of the conference tournament. The Final Faceoff games will be streamed on B1G+ ($).