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Dec. 12, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey junior center R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week by USCHO.com for the week ending Dec. 8. Umberger had seven points (three goals, four assists) in OSU’s two-game sweep of Miami.

Umberger tied his career high with four points in the Buckeyes’ 4-0 win in the series opener against the RedHawks, posting two goals, including the gamewinner, and two assists. In the Buckeyes’ 5-3 win Saturday, Umberger posted a goal and two assists and was named the Perani Cup First Star of the Game. He helped the Buckeyes go 5-for-16 (31.25 percent) on the power play over the weekend, recording a point on four of OSU’s five power-play tallies.

This marks Umberger’s first national player of the week honor. According to USCHO.com, his seven points was the highest individual point total in the nation on the weekend. He had a point on seven of OSU’s nine total goals scored against the RedHawks.

Umberger leads the Buckeyes with 19 points and nine goals this season. He is just five points away from the 100th of his Buckeye career with 41-54-95 totals in 84 games.

The Buckeyes (10-4-1, 7-2-1 CCHA) complete the first half of their season with a two-game series against CCHA-foe Nebraska-Omaha (7-7-2, 5-5-0 CCHA) this weekend. The teams will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.