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Goalie backstopped Ohio State to road sweep at Minnesota State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lisa Steffes, starting goaltender for the Ohio State women’s hockey team, earned her second WCHA Rookie of the Week honor of the season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. It is the sixth weekly conference honor for the Buckeyes this season.

Steffes made 49 saves in Ohio State’s first WCHA road sweep of the season, taking both games by scores of 3-2 at Minnesota State Jan. 14-15. The freshman netminder stopped 28 shots Friday and then made 21 saves Saturday while allowing two goals in each game. She had a .925 save percentage against the Mavericks.

Steffes also surpassed the 700-save milestone this season with 708. She is one of only two goalies in the nation to already reach the 700-save mark. The Amherstburg, Ontario, native also leads the NCAA in minutes played with 1454:50.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus this weekend to host No. 5 Minnesota in a WCHA series Jan. 21-22. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free and a “Skate with the Buckeyes” session will be held after the second game.

2010-11 WCHA Player of the Week Awards
Becky Allis – Rookie (Oct. 20 vs. St. Cloud State)
Laura McIntosh – Offensive (Oct. 20 vs. St. Cloud State), Offensive (Dec. 1 vs. Bemidji State)
Shannon Reilly – Defensive (Nov. 3 vs. Syracuse)
Lisa Steffes – Rookie (Oct. 13 at Robert Morris), Rookie (Jan. 19 at Minnesota State)