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Oct. 25, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior forward Rod Pelley was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Matt Waddell was named the league’s defenseman of the week, the CCHA announced Monday. The duo helped the Buckeyes to a two-game sweep of conference foe and No. 6/8-ranked Miami last week.

Pelley, a Kitimat, British Columbia, native, had a team-best five points in the sweep of Miami, with three goals and two assists. Thursday, Pelley had a goal and two assists in OSU’s 9-3 win, tying his career highs for both assists and points in a game. Friday, Pelley scored OSU’s only two goals in a 2-1 win. His first goal got OSU on the board and he scored the gamewinner just 24 seconds after the RedHawks had tied the game.

Pelley leads the Buckeyes with five goals and eight points this season. He is first in the nation with five power-play goals, tying his total from his first two years as a Buckeye.

Waddell, from Armstrong, British Columbia, had a career-best two goals and three points in Ohio State’s win over Miami Thursday to earn first star of the game honors. He was part of the Buckeye penalty-kill unit that stopped the RedHawks on all 20 power-play chances in the two games combined.

The honors are the first for both Buckeyes. This marks the second consecutive week a Buckeye has picked up league defenseman of the week accolades, as sophomore Sean Collins (Troy, Mich.) was honored last week.

The Buckeyes (4-2-0, 4-0-0 CCHA), who are on a four-game conference and overall winning streak, continue league play this weekend when they travel to Western Michigan (1-3-0, 1-3-0 CCHA). The Buckeyes and Broncos will face off at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.