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Freshman forward scored three of Ohio State’s five goals last weekend at No. 5/6 St. Lawrence
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio Natalie Spooner, a freshman forward on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, was selected WCHA Rookie of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. It is her second weekly award of the season and the fourth player of the week honor for a Buckeye this season.

Spooner scored three of Ohio State’s five goals against No. 5/6 St. Lawrence in a nonconference series last weekend in Canton, N.Y. The Scarborough, Ontario, native had a goal in the first game and added two in the second to extend her goal streak to three games and increase her team-leading goal total to 12.

Spooner has recorded a point in six of her last seven games and ranks second on the Buckeyes in scoring with 15 points. She has four multiple-goal games this season. In the NCAA, Spooner is tied for third with 1.00 goals per game and sixth in freshman scoring with 1.31 points per game.

The Buckeyes will be off this weekend while preparing for finals. Ohio State concludes 2008 with a WCHA series at Minnesota State, Dec. 12-13 in Mankato. While in Minnesota, the Buckeyes also will play the U.S. Women’s Select Team in an exhibition game, Dec. 14 in Blaine.