January 16, 2023

Three Buckeyes Win WCHA Weekly Awards


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A series sweep of Wisconsin last weekend earned Buckeyes Sophie Jaques, Paetyn Levis and Amanda Thiele Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) weekly awards. The conference announced Monday Jaques as Defender of the Week, Levis as Forward of the Week and Thiele as Goaltender of the Week.

Jaques scored the Buckeyes’ overtime game-winner to push Ohio State past Wisconsin, 2-1, in last Friday’s series opener. The goal was the second overtime game-winner for her career. She added two more points, with two helpers in the team’s 5-0 shutout win over Wisconsin on Saturday, for three points on the weekend. On the other side of the ice, she helped the Buckeyes’ penalty kill finish a perfect 6-for-6 and hold the Badgers to just 22.50 shots per game when they were averaging 43.05 entering the series. She added three blocked shots and finished +3 for the team.

The defenseman has now scored 17 goals on the year, good for the second-most in the country. With 34 points this season, she is tied for seventh in the nation in total points and leads defensemen nationally in scoring by 12 points.

Levis tallied a hat trick in Saturday’s win over the Badgers for her second hat trick of her career and the Buckeyes’ second of the season, and second in as many series. Her hat trick is the first allowed by the Badgers since the 2017-18 season. The Rogers, Minn. native scored a team-high three goals in the series and tied the team-high with four points on the weekend. Her assist came on the game-tying goal in the Buckeyes’ overtime win over the Badgers.

Her three goals in game two of the series helped the Buckeyes to their largest margin of victory (five goals) over Wisconsin in series history. She also tied for best on the team, and best in the league, with a +6 on the weekend, including a +2 in the team’s 2-1 Friday win.

Amanda Thiele earned her third shutout of the season in Ohio State’s 5-0 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. She made 17 stops to keep the Badgers off the board, despite the team averaging 4.82 goals per game entering the weekend.

The shutout is just the fourth Ohio State shutout in the series history between the two teams. Thiele improves to 10-1-1 this year for Ohio State and is third in the country in win percentage (.875).

Ohio State hits the road to meet St. Cloud State this weekend. The Buckeyes and Huskies meet at 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday from the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The games will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).