March 16, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— After her outstanding season between the pipes for Ohio State, Kassidy Sauve has been named a second team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. She was the only underclassman to earn All-America distinctions.
“The Ohio State University is very proud of Kassidy’s phenomenal season and we are honored that she represents the Scarlet and Gray amongst the nation’s top elite hockey players,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall. “It is a well deserved award and a tremendous honor to be called an All-American. We are very grateful to have Kassidy on our side for the next two seasons and lean on her to continue to be the backbone of our ongoing success as a program.”
Ever since the start of the season, it was clear Sauve was in store for a special 2016-17 campaign. The Whitby, Ontario native started all but one game for the Buckeyes this season and put up some historic numbers between the pipes, all while being the most tested goalie in the country all season long. Her 1,135 saves and .942 save percentage are both Ohio State records for a single season and her saves total puts her sixth in NCAA history. She finished the season with 1,205 shots faced in addition to her save totals, both of which were over 100 more than any other goaltender in the nation. Sauve consistently faced more shots than any other netminder in the NCAA and she was consistently excellent. When you take into account that she missed all of the 2015-16 season recovering from surgery on both of her hips, it only makes her accomplishments that much more incredible.
Sauve also posted six shutouts this year to bring her career total to 12, which ties a program mark. Three times this season she was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week; her stats in those six games that helped her win her weekly awards were fantastic: 1.32 goals against average, .968 save percentage, and a 3-2-1-1 record. Against non-conference opponents she was incredible: a perfect 6-0-0 record with five shutouts, a .994 save percentage, and a 0.17 goals against average.
At the time Ohio State’s season ended, Sauve had spent more minutes in net and had started more games than any other goaltender in the country. When you look at her numbers in Ohio State victories- .976 save percentage, 0.79 goals against average, it’s clear what kind of goalie she is and how much she means to the Scarlet and Gray.
Sauve’s much-deserved All-America honor is the first for an Ohio State women’s hockey player since Natalie Spooner in 2012. She’s the first Buckeye goaltender to earn this distinction.