BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 17, 2017 – A pair of all-around efforts from the blue line and an impressive goaltender from the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) highlight the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Oct. 13-14, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin (Offensive), Ohio State redshirt-junior goaltender Kassidy Sauvé (Defensive) and Bemidji State freshman defenseman Mak Langei (Rookie).
Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D
Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Baldwin becomes the rare blue-liner to earn offensive accolades after leading all WCHA skaters – and all NCAA defensemen – with four points to help now-No. 7 Minnesota to a league road sweep at Bemidji State. The senior from Minnetonka, Minn. factored in both game-winning goals, assisting on Friday's deciding marker before scoring 1:04 into overtime Saturday to give the Gophers a 4-3 victory. Baldwin logged multi-point efforts in both games, with two helpers in Friday's 3-1 win, and one assist and the game-winning goal Saturday. She paced the WCHA with three assists and contributed defensively with eight blocked shots, second-most in the league. This is Baldwin's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with two assists against Minnesota, tallying both in a 4-3 overtime setback Saturday); Maddy Field, Jr., F, Ohio State (tallied goals in both wins for the now-No. 4 Buckeyes over then-No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, twice snapping ties, while also adding an assist); Rebekah Kohlstad, Jr., F, Minnesota State (Mankato native scored her first goal in a Mavericks uniform, lighting the lamp against No. 1 Wisconsin on Saturday); Presley Norby, So., F, Wisconsin (enjoyed a team-best three points on a goal and two assists, while tying for the WCHA lead with a plus-4 rating, as the top-ranked Badgers swept host Minnesota State).
Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ont.)
Sauvé backstopped red-hot and now-No. 4 Ohio State to a sweep of then-No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, leading the NCAA with 66 saves last weekend. The Whitby, Ontario native opened the series with a season-best, 35-save shutout in a 2-0 OSU victory Friday night, including 29 stops over the final two periods. She then turned aside 31 shots in a 4-3 triumph Saturday, yielding just one even-strength goal (one came on a first-period power play and then another with an extra attacker late in regulation). Sauvé's .957 save percentage during a busy weekend in net led the WCHA and ranked third among NCAA goaltenders with two starts, while her league-best (tied) 1.50 goals-against average tied for fifth-best nationally (goalies with two starts). She also added her first assist of the season (and second of her career), helping on Maddy Field's tiebreaking goal Saturday. This is Sauvé's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her sixth career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (earned a pair of wins as the top-ranked Badgers swept a road series at Minnesota State, tying for tops in the WCHA with a 1.50 goals-against average and stopping 33-of-36 shots); Megan Hinze, Jr., D, Minnesota State (had a multi-point effort, including a power-play goal and assist, in Friday's contest, while finishing the series against top-ranked Wisconsin with five shots on goal, three blocks and a plus-2 rating); Patti Marshall, So., D, Minnesota (tallied a point in each game, finishing with a goal and assist each, along with three shots on goal, four blocks and a plus-1 rating as the now-No. 7 Gophers earned a road sweep at Bemidji State).
Mak Langei, Fr., D
Bemidji State (East Grand Forks, Minn.)
Langei recorded her first career points Saturday against now-No. 7 Minnesota, helping Bemidji State force overtime with a goal and assist. The freshman from East Grand Forks, Minn. assisted on the Beavers' game-opening goal, then brought BSU even at 2-2 deep into the second period. A key component of the Bemidji State blue line, Langei finished the series with four shots on goal, three blocks and a plus-1 rating. She tied for second among WCHA rookies for points last weekend. This is Langei's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Brittyn Flemming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (recorded assists in both outings as the Mavericks dropped a pair of tightly-contested games against top-ranked Wisconsin); Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (tallied a goal and an assist in the now-No. 4 Buckeyes' 4-3 win over then-No. 5 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday); Brette Pettet, Fr., F, Wisconsin (scored the game-winning goal as the No. 1 Badgers outlasted host Minnesota State, 3-1, on Saturday); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (had a goal Friday and assist Saturday for two points, along with nine shots on goal, in the Gophers' road sweep at Bemidji State).