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Feb. 7, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Nate Guenin has been named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. Guenin, a native of Aliquippa, Pa., led the Buckeye defensive effort in a two-game series sweep at Lake Superior State last weekend, going +2 and posting an assist.

In the series vs. Lake State, the Buckeyes held the Lakers to just three goals and 37 shots on the weekend, including an OSU opponent season-low 13 shots Saturday. Guenin’s assist came in game two, as he had the primary assist on Kyle Hood’s goal that tied the game in the second period and he also was on the ice for Bryce Anderson’s overtime gamewinner that capped the Buckeyes’ 3-2 comeback win. Guenin blocked a team-best four shots in the series.

Guenin has 10 points this season, on two goals and eight assists, this season. He marked his 100th career game played Saturday against Lake Superior State and has 6-32-38 totals. He is a leader of the Buckeye defense that is tied for eighth in the nation in fewest goals allowed per game (2.23) and ranks fourth in the country in penalty killing (87.4 percent).

This is the 11th league honor 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 (Oct. 25) and Matt Beaudoin (Jan. 31) have earned offensive player of the week accolades, Matt Waddell was the defenseman of the week Oct. 25 and Dave Caruso was the CCHA Goaltender of the Week both Dec. 6 and Jan. 31. No. 8/9 Ohio State (20-7-3, 17-4-1/2nd CCHA), on a four-game winning streak, plays host to Bowling Green (15-10-3, 10-7-3/5th CCHA) for two games this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.