BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 2, 2018 – After several standout individual and team performances, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize some of its best from the last four weeks – including a trio of Buckeyes. The WCHA Players of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for January 2018 are: Ohio State freshman Tatum Skaggs (Offensive), Minnesota senior Sydney Baldwin (Defensive), Ohio State redshirt-junior Kassidy Sauvé (Goaltender) and Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).
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Tatum Skaggs, Fr.
Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)
Skaggs was the WCHA's top scorer in January with nine points and was third with five goals, providing an offensive spark for an Ohio State team that went 5-3-0, including four wins against ranked opponents. The freshman forward tallied a point in six of her eight games, while finishing the month with a plus-5 rating for the seventh-ranked Buckeyes.
A native of Hartland, Wis., Skaggs tallied six points (3g-3a) as the Buckeyes won four-straight against then-No. 9 Robert Morris and then-No. 5/6 Minnesota from Jan. 12-20. She earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after a five-point series against the Colonials, in which she scored two goals with an assist in the opener (a 5-0 OSU win), then had a pair of helpers in the finale (a 5-2 victory). Skaggs ended the month on a three-game goal-scoring streak, which began when she potted the game's first goal in a 5-1 win over Minnesota on Jan. 20, helping secure the Buckeyes' first-ever sweep of the Gophers. She also added an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Penn State back on Jan. 6.
Skaggs leads the WCHA this season with 18 goals overall, while her 29 points rank fourth. This is Skaggs' first WCHA monthly award of her freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, Jr., Bemidji State (posted a plus-6 rating and led the Beavers with six points, coming from four goals and two assists); Claudia Kepler, Sr., Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with six goals, posting a plus-6 rating as the top-ranked Badgers went 5-0-1); Hallie Theodosopoulos, So., St. Cloud State (tied for the WCHA with six goals, including two game-winners, while ranking third in the league with seven points during a 3-3-2 month for the Huskies); Tristen Truax, Fr., Minnesota State (led the Mavericks in scoring, while collecting her first collegiate multi-goal game Jan. 26 at No. 7 Minnesota).
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Sydney Baldwin, Sr.
Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Baldwin led No. 7 Minnesota in scoring and was tied for second among WCHA blueliners with six points in January, including a league defense-best four goals. She also led league defenders with 0.57 goals per game and by being on the ice for 12 goals scored, while her plus-5 rating tied for fifth. Baldwin had at least one point in five of seven games during January, including a five-game point streak, while adding 10 blocked shots to the Gophers' defensive effort.
A senior from Minnetonka, Minn., Baldwin netted a goal in each game of a nonconference series against Vermont (Jan. 12-13), then factored in all three Minnesota goals (1g-2a) in a road series at now-No. 6 Ohio State (Jan. 19-20). Most recently, she helped the Gophers cap a 4-3-0 month by scoring a goal in a series-opening home win over Minnesota State (Jan. 26).
For the season, Baldwin leads WCHA blueliners with eight goals, 17 assists (tied), 25 points, 0.28 goals per game and 0.86 points per contest. This is Baldwin's third WCHA monthly award of the 2017-18 season and her career.
Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-So., Ohio State (blocked nine shots, tallied six points and had a plus-5 rating, helping the No. 6 Buckeyes to a 5-3-0 month); Alexis Joyce, So., Bemidji State (collected four assists, along with 15 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating); Anna Keys, Sr., Minnesota State (tied for the team lead with 11 blocked shots, while tallying one power-play assists); Maddie Rolfes, Sr., Wisconsin (led the WCHA with a plus-7 rating, while recording five points during a 5-0-1 month for the top-ranked Badgers).
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Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ontario)
Sauvé collected a WCHA-best 224 saves (fifth-most among NCAA Division I goaltenders) during a stellar January, including a stretch in which she backstopped No. 6 Ohio State to four-straight wins over ranked opponents. The redshirt-junior and reigning All-American finished the month with a 5-3-0 record, a .937 save percentage, a 1.89 goals-against average and two shutouts.
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Sauvé stopped 132-of-137 shots (.964 save percentage) during consecutive sweeps of then-No. 9 Robert Morris (Jan. 12-13) and then-No. 5/6 Minnesota (Jan. 19-20). She opened the stretch with a 34-save, 5-0 shutout of RMU, then made 44 stops in a 5-2 triumph over the Colonials the next day. Sauvé made a combined 54 saves as the Buckeyes swept the Gophers for the first time in program history. She also made 24 stops in a 2-0 blanking of Penn State on Jan. 6, while collecting at least 20 saves in each of her eight starts (including a trio of 30-plus save efforts).
Sauvé's 726 saves this season lead the WCHA and rank third nationally, while she is 15-7-4 with a .927 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average. This is Sauvé's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., Wisconsin (recorded a WCHA-leading 1.31 goals-against average and three shutouts, helping the top-ranked Badgers to undefeated, 5-0-1 month); Jessica Convery, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (finished second in the WCHA with 184 saves and a .939 save percentage, while going 3-2-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average for the Bulldogs); Chloe Crosby, So., Minnesota State (recorded 113 saves, a .919 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average for the Mavericks); Emma Polusny, Fr., St. Cloud State (led the WCHA and ranked third among NCAA D-I goaltenders with a .955 save percentage, going 2-2-2 with a 1.44 goals-against average and one shutout in the Huskies' net).
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Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
Maltais continues to be the heart and soul of the nationally-ranked Buckeyes, posting eight points in a shortened month in which she missed two games to play with her native Canada in the Nations Cup. After posting three goals and five assists in six January contests, she led WCHA rookies with averages of 0.83 assists and 1.33 points per game, along with a plus-7 rating. Overall, Maltais' eight points were second-best among all WCHA skaters last month.
After returning from her stint with Canada's National Women's Development Team, Maltais tallied at least one point in five of her six games. She had five points (2g-3a) in the Buckeyes' sweep of then-No. 9 Robert Morris (Jan. 12-13); then, the Burlington, Ontario native scored just 1:20 into OSU's series-opening, 3-2 win over then-No. 5/6 Minnesota on Jan. 19.
Maltais' sensational freshman season sees her entering February leading the WCHA with 33 points and 22 assists (tied), while she is also tops with 0.85 assists and 1.27 points per game. This is Maltais' third WCHA monthly award of her rookie campaign.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (led all Beavers freshmen with four points, collecting two goals – including a game-winner – and two assists); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks with one power-play goal, while also pacing the team with 17 shots on goal and 37 face-off wins); Olivia Knowles, Fr., D, Minnesota (tied for fourth among WCHA rookies with five points, while collecting 16 blocked shots and a plus-4 rating for the No. 7 Gophers); Emma Polusny, Fr., St. Cloud State (led the WCHA and ranked third among NCAA D-I goaltenders with a .955 save percentage, going 2-2-2 with a 1.44 goals-against average and one shutout in the Huskies' net).