Feb. 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore goalie Erika Vanderveer received Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday for leading the Buckeyes as they went 1-0-1 at Niagara Feb. 18-19.

The Bradford, Ontario, native stopped Niagara on 37-of-39 shots in the non-conference road series. Vanderveer earned Ohio State’s first shutout of the season in game two Feb. 19 as she turned away all 16 shots faced. In the 2-2 overtime tie Feb. 18, she made 23 saves, allowing just two goals. Between the two games, Vanderveer recorded a .96 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage, marking her best performance this season.

This season, Vanderveer has recorded a .896 save percentage and a 3.09 goals-against average in 17 games in net for the Buckeyes.

The award marks the sixth league award of the season for Ohio State and the third of Vanderveer’s career.

Ohio State returns home for its final regular-season match-up when the Buckeyes take on Minnesota State at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.