COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Matt Bartkowski has been named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. Bartkowski, a Pittsburgh native, and the Buckeyes earned five points at Western Michigan last weekend, with a regulation win Friday (3-1) and tie/shootout win (3-3) Saturday.
Against the Broncos, Bartkowski had an assist in each game, was +1 and blocked five shots. In the series opener he had the primary assist on the game’s second goal, Patrick Schafer’s eventual gamewinner and he blocked three shots. Saturday, Bartkowski assisted on Zac Dalpe’s game-tying goal with 1:36 remaining and he had another two blocks. The Buckeye penalty kill was 12-for-13 (.923) in the series, including a 6-for-6 performance Friday.
Bartkowski has a point in 9 of his last 13 games and leads the Buckeye blueliners with 16 points, including 12 assists, this year. This is his third league award after being named CCHA Rookie of the Week twice last season.
Ohio State has now earned seven CCHA player of the week accolades this season. In addition to freshman defenseman Devon Krogh’s two CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week awards, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd have been named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Shane Sims received defenseman of the week accolades and Cal Heeter was a goalie of the week honoree.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season with a home-and-home series with No. 2-ranked Miami this weekend. The teams will meet Friday in Oxford and Saturday in Columbus, with both games starting at 8:05 p.m. The game Friday will be televised live on CBS College Sports.