Feb. 20, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the fifth time this season Ohio State University women’s ice hockey goaltender Kassidy Sauvé has been selected as Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week, powered by GoodWood Hockey, conference officials announced on Tuesday.
Sauvé came into the Buckeye’s weekend series with Bemidji State just seven saves away from breaking the all-time program record for saves, and by the end of the first period of Friday’s series opener she blasted past the record. In Friday’s contest, the redshirt junior stopped all 38 shots she faced to secure her ninth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win.
The Whitby, Ontario native wraps up the regular season leading the WCHA with 849 saves, and ranks second in the conference with nine shutouts. Both of those totals rank third in the NCAA.
When it comes to program records, Sauvé has forced a few rewrites to the record book with her stellar 2017-18 season. She came into the season tied with April Stojak at 12 career shutouts, but in just the second game of the season she broke the record, which now sits at 21. Stojak also had the single season record for shutouts, eight, which Sauvé passed this weekend. With this week’s WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors, Sauvé now has more weekly WCHA award wins than any other player in program history with eight, passing the seven WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award wins by Erika Vanderveer.
The Buckeyes, and Sauvé, now shift their focus to the post season that gets underway this weekend. For the first time since 2007 Ohio State holds home ice for the opening round of the WCHA tournament. The Buckeyes host Minnesota State in a best of three series this weekend. Game one of the series is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday night, while Saturday’s game, and Sunday’s if necessary game three will start at 3:07 p.m. All games are in the OSU Ice Rink, both admission and parking are free for all games.