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Nov. 1, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey goaltender Erika Vanderveer was named USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week, the U.S. College Hockey Online site announced Tuesday. It is the first USCHO Player of the Week honor for a Buckeye this season and first national weekly award for Vanderveer.

Vanderveer, a senior from Bradford, Ontario, stopped 38 of 39 shots faced in Ohio State’s 2-1 upset of No. 6 Minnesota Saturday at OSU Ice Rink. The win marked the first time this season an unranked team upset a nationally-ranked opponent. Fourteen of Vanderveer’s 38 saves were while the Gophers were on the power play to hold them scoreless with the man-advantage. It was her third-consecutive game with 30-plus saves and the 21st time in her career she has stopped over 30 shots. The win improved her to 2-2-0 this season. In her four starts, Vanderveer has allowed just nine goals with 122 saves for a .931 save percentage, ninth-highest in the nation.

Vanderveer and the Buckeyes look to build upon their upset when they welcome Connecticut of Hockey East Nov. 3-4 for a nonconference series at OSU Ice Rink. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.