COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Cal Heeter and senior Corey Toy have been named CCHA Goaltender and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Monday. The duo helped the Buckeyes to a 1-0-1 record against Lake Superior State, allowing just three goals in the series. The Buckeyes and LSSU skated to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday and Ohio State rallied from an early deficit to win 5-2 Saturday.
Heeter, a St. Louis was undefeated on the weekend, allowing three goals. He had a league-best 1.48 goals-against average for the weekend and was second in save percentage at .945 (first among goalies who played two games). Against the Lakers Friday Heeter allowed just one goal, making 27 saves in an overtime tie. Saturday the Lakers scored twice in the first 1:07 (including a power-play goal at :37), but Heeter then shut out the Lakers the rest of the game, making 25 saves, until he was replaced by senior Dustin Carlson for the final 3:30. Heeter and the Buckeyes were 7-for-8 on the penalty kill in the series, including 4-for-4 Friday.
Heeter continues to lead the nation in minutes played (1951:34) and ranks fourth in total saves (877). He has a 2.31 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this year. This is the third CCHA weekly honor for Heeter this season (Oct. 11, Jan. 10).
Toy, from Round Hill, Va., had three points in the Buckeyes’ series weekend with Lake Superior State. Friday he assisted on John Albert’s first-period goal and was +1. Saturday, Toy matched his career high, first set in March 2009, with a goal and an assist and was a team-high +2. The tally was his first since March 6, 2009 and cut the LSSU lead to one (2-1) in the Buckeyes’ come-from-behind win.
Toy has played in 28 games this season and now has four points and a +5 mark. He has skated in 137 games in his career, recording 26 points, including 20 assists. He also earned CCHA Defenseman of the Week honors as a sophomore.
The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with two games against Ferris State in Value City Arena this week. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday.