November 20, 2018

Skaggs, Dunne and Braendli Earn WCHA Honors


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sweep of Minnesota Duluth led the three Buckeyes bringing home some new hardware from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Tatum Skaggs earning Forward of the Week, Jincy Dunne getting Defenseman of the Week, and Andrea Braendli winning the Rookie of the Week award, all Powered by GoodWood Hockey, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

Skaggs found herself in a zone this weekend, notching an assist in Friday’s series opener, and following that up with a hat trick in Saturday’s series finale. She tied the conference high for the weekend with four points, and led the WCHA with three goals. Skaggs also tied the NCAA lead for the weekend with three goals.

On the season the sophomore has 12 points from 10 goals and two assists. Her 10 goals lead the WCHA, and she’s tied for fourth in the NCAA.

Dunne made plays all over the ice for the Buckeyes in their sweep of Minnesota Duluth, blocking three shots while assisting on three goals in the series. Her three assists tied the NCAA lead, while her presence kept the Bulldogs from establishing any comfort in the Ohio State zone throughout the series.

This is the second consecutive week Dunne has brought home the WCHA Defenseman of the Week award, building off another excellent start to her season. Dunne is tied for fourth in the WCHA in overall points with 15, and her 14 assists are second in the conference (only trailing fellow Buckeye Emma Maltais). Dunne’s 15 points lead all defensemen in the nation.

Braendli provided a steadying presence in the Buckeye net, only allowing two goals in the series. Her .960 save percentage ranked second in the conference over the weekend, as did her 1.00 goals-against-average.

The rookie is having an outstanding season in net for the Buckeyes, holding a .937 save percentage on the season, good for third in the conference. Her 359 saves rank second in the WCHA (just one behind the conference leader).

The Buckeyes are on a bye this weekend before resuming WCHA play with a series at Minnesota State. Puck drop for the series opener in Mankato is set for 7:07 p.m. on Friday, November 30.