BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 16, 2018 – As the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) wrapped up its regular season nonconference slate last week, while holding a pair of league series, several players once again stood out for stellar performances. The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Jan. 9-14, 2018 are: Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (Offensive), Ohio State redshirt-junior goaltender Kassidy Sauvé (Defensive) and Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Ashton Bell (Rookie).
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Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F
Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)
Skaggs put on an offensive clinic, tallying a WCHA-best five points (matching teammate Emma Maltais) during now-No. 7 Ohio State's nonconference sweep of then-No. 9 Robert Morris. The freshman from Hartland, Wis. opened the weekend with a three-point game during a 5-0 victory Friday, scoring her WCHA-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season, while assisting on another. She followed by notching two assists in Saturday's 5-2 triumph, upping her season point total to 26. For the week, Skaggs' five points tied for the most among all NCAA Division I rookies, while her plus-5 rating led all WCHA skaters. This is Skaggs' second WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award of her freshman season and her fourth overall weekly accolade, along with two honors in the Rookie category.
Honorable Mention: Ryleigh Houston, So., F, Minnesota Duluth (led all WCHA players in league games with four points, tallying two goals and two assists in the Bulldogs' split with Bemidji State); Claudia Kepler, Sr., F, Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with three goals, including the game-winning score and her 50th career goal during Saturday's 6-0 Badger win over Minnesota State); Haley Mack, So., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with a goal in two assists in a split at Minnesota Duluth, while posting a plus-2 rating); Nicole Schammel, RS-Jr., F, Minnesota (led the No. 5 Gophers with four points in three games, while tying for the WCHA lead with three goals and a plus-5 rating).
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Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ontario)
Sauvé had one of the best weekends of her storied career against then-No. 9 Robert Morris, backstopping now-No. 7 Ohio State to a sweep of the top-10 showdown. The redshirt-junior from Whitby, Ontario started the weekend with her seventh shutout of the season (and 19th career clean sheet), a 34-save effort in a 5-0 victory. She then stopped 44 shots Saturday, lifting the Buckeyes to a 5-2 victory despite being outshot by a 46-21 margin. The WCHA's season saves leader finished the weekend with a league-high 78 stops (second-most nationally among D-I netminders) and a .975 save percentage, along with a 1.00 goals-against average. This is Sauvé's third WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her ninth career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (moved into a tie for the NCAA lead with her WCHA-best seventh and eighth shutouts of the season, stopping all 32 shots she faced as the No. 1 Badgers swept Minnesota State); Chloe Crosby, So., G, Minnesota State (made 52 saves with a .912 save percentage in 91:29 of action at No. 1 Wisconsin); Jessica Healey, Sr., D, Minnesota Duluth (led WCHA blueliners with two goals in league play, both power-play strikes Friday); Alexis Joyce, Sr., D, Bemidji State (posted two assists and a team-best plus-4 rating in a split at Minnesota Duluth).
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Ashton Bell, Fr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Deloraine, Manitoba)
Bell led all WCHA rookies during last week's league games with three points, tallying two goals and an assist as Minnesota Duluth earned a series split with Bemidji State. The freshman from Deloraine, Manitoba assisted on Ryleigh Houston's series-opening goal Friday, before scoring two power-play goals – including the game-winner – in Saturday's 3-2 triumph. Bell struck at 4:15 of the first period Saturday to tie the game at 1-1, then scored again at 11:28 of the second stanza to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Bulldogs a big win in the race for WCHA Playoffs home ice. Bell also led WCHA freshmen last week in league games with the two power-play goals, the one game-winner and 13 shots on goal. She now leads UMD in scoring this season with 18 points on a team-high 11 goals and seven assists in 23 games. This is Bell's first WCHA weekly award of her freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (scored the game-winning goal in the Beavers' 5-3 victory Friday at Minnesota Duluth, while posting a plus-1 rating for the series); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (ranked second among WCHA freshmen with 19 face-off wins, while leading the Mavericks with six shots on goal at No. 1 Wisconsin); Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (returned after a stint with the Canadian U22 team and matched teammate Tatum Skaggs with a WCHA-best five points in a sweep of then-No. 9 Robert Morris); Brette Pettet, Fr., F, Wisconsin (scored a goal in both games, helping the top-ranked Badgers sweep Minnesota State); Taylor Wente, Fr., F, Minnesota (had three points last week on two assists, plus the game-winning goal in the No. 5 Gophers' 6-1 victory Saturday over Vermont).