OSU's Skaggs, Sauvé and Maltais Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Buckeyes' trio sweeps accolades for games of Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2018

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 6, 2018 – Following an impressive sweep of the nation's top-ranked team, Ohio State University now claims all three weekly honors for the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2018 are: Buckeyes' freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (Offensive), redshirt-junior goaltender Kassidy Sauvé (Defensive) and freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F
Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)

player Skaggs tied for the WCHA scoring lead with four points (1g-3a), helping now-No. 5 Ohio State sweep top-ranked Wisconsin. The freshman from Hartland, Wis. tallied the primary assist on the lone goal in Friday's 1-0 victory, then tallied two more helpers in Saturday's 3-1 win. Skaggs put the exclamation point on the sweep – the Buckeyes' first over the Badgers since 2010 – when she scored an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining. In addition to tying for the league scoring lead last weekend (also tied for the most among any NCAA Division I freshman), Skaggs also tied for tops in the WCHA with a plus-4 rating (tied for the best nationally by a D-I rookie). This is Skaggs' third Offensive Player of the Week award and her fifth WCHA weekly accolade of her freshman season (also two Rookie honors).

Honorable Mention: Lindsay Agnew, So., F, Minnesota (recorded three points, including her first career multi-goal game, to help the No. 7 Gophers earn four points at St. Cloud State); Alexis Joyce, Sr., D, Bemidji State (tied for the WCHA lead with four points, all coming in a career-high effort in Saturday's 5-3 win at Minnesota State); Jordan McLaughlin, Jr., F, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks and tied for tops in the WCHA with two goals, scoring once each game in a split with Bemidji State).

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

player Sauvé limited Wisconsin to one goal in two games, handed UW its first shutout loss of the season and backstopped now-No. 5 Ohio State to a sweep of the then-No. 1 Badgers – the Buckeyes' first in the series since 2010. The redshirt-junior made a combined 60 saves in a brilliant series, including a 26-stop effort in Friday's 1-0 victory for her 20th career shutout. Sauvé then turned aside 34-of-35 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win, including all 11 she faced in the decisive third period (allowing OSU to break the 1-1 tie with a pair of goals). The Whitby, Ontario native led WCHA goaltenders in wins, goals-against average (0.50), save percentage (.984) and shutouts (one), while she was second in saves. Nationally, Sauvé led all NCAA Division I goaltenders that made at least two starts last week in: GAA, save percentage, wins (tied) and shutouts (tied). Perhaps most impressively, she did all of this against a UW team that entered the series without a WCHA loss (17-0-1), only one defeat on the season (26-1-1) and was fifth among D-I teams with a WCHA-best 3.57 goals per game. This is Sauve's fourth WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her 10th career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).

Honorable Mention: Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D, Minnesota (scored two goals, including Saturday's game-winner, to help the No. 7 Gophers earn four points at St. Cloud State); Anna Keys, Sr., D, Minnesota State (had a three-point performance, including the game-winning goal, in the Mavericks' 3-1 win Friday over Bemidji State); Mak Langei, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted two points, including Saturday's game-winning goal, and blocked five shots in the Beavers' road split at Minnesota State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)

player Maltais continued her fantastic rookie season with a three-point weekend, while factoring in both game-winning goals, as now-No. 5 Ohio State swept then-No. 1 Wisconsin. The freshman from Burlington, Ontario scored the lone goal in Friday's 1-0 win, lighting the lamp 15 seconds into the second period. Maltais kept it rolling in Saturday's contest, scoring to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period, before assisting on Charly Dahlquist's tie-breaking, game-winner 2:49 into the final stanza. She tied for the overall WCHA lead last weekend with a plus-4 rating and two goals – both of which tied for the best among NCAA Division I rookies. This is Maltais' third Rookie of the Week award and her fourth WCHA weekly accolade of her freshman season (also one Offensive honor).

Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (tallied two assists in a split with Bemidji State, including setting up the game-winning goal in the Mavericks' 3-1 victory Friday); Tina Kampa, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted two assists, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in the Beavers' road split at Minnesota State); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (recorded two assists Saturday, including setting up the game-winning goal, as the No. 7 Gophers defeated St. Cloud State on the road).

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