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Jan. 31, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore forward Matt Beaudoin was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association OFFENSIVE PLAYER of the Week and junior Dave Caruso earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week accolades, the league announced Monday. In the Buckeyes’ two-game sweep of Western Michigan, Beaudoin had six points, on four goals and two assists. Caruso stopped 57-of-60 shots, including 28 Saturday for his sixth career shutout, in addition to chipping in two assists.

Beaudoin, from Rock Forest, Quebec, had two goals and an assist in each game vs. the Broncos. He had three power-play goals and a shorthanded goal, helping the Buckeye special teams convert 6-of-11 power-play chances and stop all 10 WMU power plays. In OSU’s 4-3 win Friday, Beaudoin earned first star of the game honors, as he set up Andrew Schembri’s power-play goal in the first period and then scored two clutch power-play goals. Beaudoin gave OSU a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with just 45 seconds left in the first period. In the third, he scored the gamewinner – his team-best third of the season – just 1:52 after WMU had tied the game. Saturday, Beaudoin was the second star of the game, posting an assist in the first period and scoring shorthanded and on the power play in the second, as OSU won, 7-0.

Beaudoin is on a four-game goal-scoring streak, with six goals in the stretch (including five power-play scores, a shorthanded goal and two gamewinners). Beaudoin is tied for third on the team in scoring with a career-best 24 points and is second on the team with a career-high 15 goals. He is tied with Rod Pelley with a team and CCHA-best 10 power-play goals.

Roswell, Ga., native Caruso stopped 57-of-60 Bronco shots in the weekend sweep. Saturday, he made 28 saves for his sixth career shutout and his second of the season. In addition, Caruso had a career-best two assists, posting helpers on Kyle Hood’s power-play tally and Beaudoin’s shorthanded goal as he was named the third star of the game. Friday, Caruso made 29 saves in the Buckeyes’ one-goal win (4-3). Caruso dropped his goals-against average to 2.17 and raised his save percentage to .920 following the series and is among the nation’s leaders with 16 wins this season. He now has a career-best three assists this season. This is the second league honor for Caruso this season and the third of his career.

These are the ninth and 10th league honors for Ohio State this season. Sean Collins has been named league defenseman of the week twice (Oct. 18 and Nov. 15), Tom Fritsche (Nov. 8, Jan. 17) and Johann Kroll (Jan. 3) have been honored as the league’s rookie of the week, Rod Pelley earned offensive player of the week accolades (Oct. 25), Matt Waddell was the defenseman of the week Oct. 25 and Caruso was the CCHA Goaltender of the Week Dec. 6.

No. 8 Ohio State (18-7-3, 15-4-1/2nd CCHA) travels to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to take on Lake Superior State (7-13-6, 6-7-5/t-6th CCHA) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Both games will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM/wosu.org).