Bonhomme and Keys earn First Team All-WCHA honors, Chesson named to second team and Reilly selected to All-Rookie team
COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme of the Ohio State women’s hockey team has earned two of the top awards in the WCHA as the conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye to receive either award.
Bonhomme is the third player to receive both overall player of the year and defensive player of the year honors, along with Courtney Kennedy (2001) and Rhonda Curtin (2002) of Minnesota.
Bonhomme, the team captain from Sudbury, Ontario, ranked third in scoring in conference games with 36 points in 28 WCHA contests. She ranked second in assists with 24, just one behind the leader, and was the only defenseman with double-digit goals with 12. Bonhomme had a 14-point lead over the next blueliner in defenseman scoring. She concluded her career as the second-highest scoring defenseman in WCHA history with 128 points. For her efforts, Bonhomme also was named First Team All-WCHA for the second-consecutive year, the first Ohio State player to be a two-time first team honoree.
Joining Bonhomme on the First Team All-WCHA is fellow senior Erin Keys. The forward from St. Paul, Minn., tied for first with 18 goals against league opponents and tied for fourth in points with 34. Her six power play goals were tied for second and her 16 assists were tied for 10th. Keys adds the first team award to her second team honors from last season.
Senior defenseman Lisa Chesson followed up her two third team awards with a Second Team All-WCHA selection this season. The assistant captain from Plainfield, Ill., ranked third in defenseman scoring in league contests with 21 points on eight goals and 13 assists. Fourteen of her points were scored with the man-advantage to rank second in power play points.
Freshman Shannon Reilly became just the second Buckeye to be named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. The Chanhassen, Minn., native tied for third in defenseman scoring in conference games with Chesson with 21 points on six goals and 15 assists. Reilly was the top scoring freshman defenseman and tied for fifth in rookie points.
Along with its All-WCHA teams, the conference also announced its WCHA All-Academic Team with nine Buckeyes receiving the award. Senior assistant captains Mallory Peckels, of Minocqua, Wis., and Jody Heywood, of Regina, Saskatchewan, are members of the team for the third time. Juniors Olivia Antognoli, Liana Bonanno, Megan Hostasek, Whitney Miller and Keys are two-time selections. Sophomores Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque and redshirt-freshman Kristen Smith were first-time honorees.