NCAA women's hockey: Ohio State goalie Kassidy Sauvé's whitewash of Wisconsin leads three stars
For the second straight week a goaltender leads the NCAA Women’s Hockey Stars of the Week. All it took for Kassidy Suave was a shutout of the nation’s number one ranked team.
1.) Kassidy Sauvé, Ohio State
Sauvé limited Wisconsin to one goal on the weekend, handed UW its first shutout loss of the season on Friday (a 1-0 OSU victory) and backstopped No. 6 Ohio State to a sweep of the top-ranked Badgers – the Buckeyes’ first over UW since 2010. Sauvé made a combined 60 saves in the series, including a 34-stop performance in Saturday’s sweep-clinching, 3-1 win. She 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 DI goaltenders that made at least two starts last week in: GAA, save percentage, wins (tied), winning percentage (tied) and shutouts (tied). The redshirt-junior did all of this against a Wisconsin 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 DI teams with a WCHA-best 3.57 goals scored per game.
2.) Jessie Eldridge, Colgate
The Barrie, Ontario native had the highest points per game (2.50) in ECAC Hockey this week and was one of two players in the nation to net two game-winning goals. In fact, she has recorded the Raiders' last three game-winners, while on her way to reaching the 30-point mark on the season. She had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win at Dartmouth and two goals and an assist in a 4-0 shutout at Harvard. She was also tied for the best +/- (+5) this week in the conference.
3.) Katelyn Rae, Merrimack
The Courtice, Ontario native racked up five points in two road contests last week helping Merrimack sweep No. 9 Providence and Vermont. Against the Friars, Rae was 1-1-2 with the short-handed game winning goal. She also had four shots on goal and finished a plus 2. At Vermont, she was 1-2-3 with a power play goal and set up the game winning strike, also on the power play.