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Jan. 17, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman forward Tom Fritsche was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, the CCHA announced Monday. Fritsche had three points in OSU’s road sweep of Notre Dame last weekend. This marks the second time Fritsche has been named the league’s rookie of the week; he first was honored Nov. 8.

Fritsche had a goal and an assist to earn first star of the game honors in OSU’s win over the Irish Friday. He added an assist on Bryce Anderson’s gamewinning goal Saturday for a three-point weekend. He was +1 on the weekend and helped the Buckeye power play convert 4-of-12 chances in the series.

Parma, Ohio, native Fritsche leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and 25 points in all 24 games this season. He ranks 13th in the nation in assists per game (.88) and is third among the nation’s rookies in points per game (1.04).

This is the eighth league honor for Ohio State this season. Sean Collins has been named league defenseman of the week twice (Oct. 18 and Nov. 15), Fritsche (Nov. 8, Jan. 17) and Johann Kroll (Jan. 3) have been honored as the league’s rookie of the week, Rod Pelley earned offensive player of the week accolades (Oct. 25), Matt Waddell was the defenseman of the week Oct. 25 and Dave Caruso was the CCHA Goaltender of the Week Dec. 6.

No. 12 Ohio State (15-6-3, 12-3-1/2nd CCHA) plays host to No. 3 Michigan (18-5-1, 15-1/1st CCHA) in a two-game series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.