Dec. 6, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Dave Caruso was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week, the CCHA announced Monday. Caruso, a Roswell, Ga., native, stopped 58-of-61 shots (95.1 percent) to lead Ohio State to a two-game sweep of Alaska Fairbanks last weekend.

In OSU’s 2-1 win Friday, Caruso stopped 21-of-22 shots and helped the Buckeyes hold the Nanooks scoreless on all nine power-play chances. In the Buckeyes’ 5-2 victory Saturday, Caruso made a career-high 37 saves, including 17 in the first period. After UAF took a 2-1 lead early in the second period, Caruso stopped the last Nanooks 20 shots as OSU scored four unanswered goals for the win.

Caruso has started 13 games for the Buckeyes this season, recording a 2.37 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

The league honor is the second for Caruso in his career; he was named CCHA Rookie of the Week Dec. 31, 2002. This is the sixth 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 was honored as the league’s rookie of the week (Nov. 8), Rod Pelley earned offensive player of the week accolades (Oct. 25) and Matt Waddell was the defenseman of the week Oct. 25.

The No. 9/10 Buckeyes (11-4-1, 9-2-1/1st CCHA) complete the first part of their season with a two-game series at Clarkson (3-11-1, 1-5-1/11th ECACHL) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.