BSU's Kaasa, OSU's Sauvé and SCSU's Polusny Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Dec. 1-2, 2017

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 5, 2017 – A career-best offensive effort, another tremendous game in net by an All-American and a record-setting performance by a freshman goaltender highlighted another fun weekend in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Dec. 1-2, 2017 are: Bemidji State sophomore forward Jacqueline Kaasa (Offensive), Ohio State redshirt-junior goaltender Kassidy Sauvé (Defensive) and St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Emma Polusny (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Jacqueline Kaasa, So., F
Bemidji State (North Hudson, Wis.)

player Kaasa factored in all four goals Saturday as Bemidji State upset No. 6/5 Minnesota, 4-2 at Ridder Arena, breaking out for her first career multi-goal and multi-point contest. The sophomore from North Hudson, Wis. opened the scoring 3:15 into the game, then picked up the primary assist on Bailey Wright's goal that tied the contest 2-2 after two periods. In the third stanza, Kaasa snapped the deadlock with the game-winning marker 5:14 into the period, then set up the Beavers' fourth and final goal just 46 seconds later. She scored on two of her three shots for the game and, on the strength of that effort, Kaasa led the WCHA in scoring and tied for the second-most points nationally last weekend. She also tied for third in the league with a plus-3 rating. This is Kaasa's first career WCHA weekly award.

Honorable Mention: Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (notched assists on both Buckeyes goals as No. 5 OSU rallied for a 2-2 tie Friday vs. St. Cloud State); Sophia Shaver, Jr., F, Wisconsin (one of three Badgers with a three-point weekend, including the game-winning goal Saturday, as top-ranked UW swept Minnesota Duluth).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ont.)

player After letting in two goals early in Friday's series opener, Sauvé went into lockdown mode and kept St. Cloud State from scoring for the remaining 117:07 of the series. Behind the efforts of their goaltender, No. 5 Ohio State took four-of-six league points, winning both shootouts following a pair of ties. Sauvé finished with 29 saves in Friday's contest (a 2-2 draw), then tacked on 18 more in Saturday's scoreless tie – her WCHA-leading fifth shutout of the year. The redshirt-junior led the five WCHA goaltenders who made two starts last weekend with a 0.92 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. Sauvé's GAA ranked second nationally for those goalies with two starts, while her save mark was fourth-best. This is Sauvé's second WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her seventh career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).

Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (the only WCHA goaltender with two wins, she posted 44 saves, a 1.00 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage as the top-ranked Badgers swept Minnesota Duluth); Alexis Joyce, Sr., D, Bemidji State (blocked four shots, had two shots on goal and a team-best plus-4 rating as the Beavers split at No. 6 Minnesota.

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Emma Polusny, Fr., G
St. Cloud State (Mound, Minn.)

player Polusny played in just one game last week, but sure made it count, setting the St. Cloud State record for most saves in a shutout with a career-best 41-stop effort in a scoreless draw at No. 5 Ohio State. Going toe-to-toe with OSU All-American Kassidy Sauvé, the rookie from Mound, Minn. turned aside 11 shots in the first period, 14 in the second, 13 in the third and three more in overtime. Her efforts allowed the Huskies to earn a league point against the Buckeyes, despite being out-shot by a 41-18 margin. Polusny now has a 145:50 scoreless streak and shutouts in back-to-back starts, the first Huskies goaltender to accomplish that feat since Feb. 2006. This is Polusny's first career WCHA weekly award.

Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, Fr., D, Bemidji State (led BSU blue-liners with two points, with posting a plus-3 rating as the Beavers earned a road split at No. 6 Minnesota); Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (notched assists on both Buckeyes goals as No. 5 OSU rallied for a 2-2 tie Friday vs. St. Cloud State); Brette Pettet, Fr., F, Wisconsin (scored a goal in both games, while adding a plus-2 rating, as the No. 1 Badgers swept Minnesota Duluth); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (had a team-high three points on two goals, including Friday's overtime winner, and an assist as the No. 6 Gophers split with Bemidji State).