Nov. 17, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey senior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Betz helped the Buckeyes to a series split with No. 5-ranked Michigan.

Betz made 71 saves in the two-game series, including stopping a season-high 44 in Ohio State’s 5-2 win Saturday. The 44 saves tied his second-highest career save total. Betz was named the first star of the game after making 18 saves in the third period and 13 in each of the first two stanzas. The win stopped an eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) for the Buckeyes against Michigan.

This marks the third time this season Betz has earned league defensive player of the week honors, as he also was honored Oct. 19 and Nov. 3. In his career, Betz has been honored as a league player of the week seven times. He is the only player in the league to be named a player of the week three times this season.

Betz is second in the CCHA in league games with a goals-against average of 1.67 and 12th in the nation overall with a 2.10 gaa. He is OSU’s all-time leader in goalie wins with 63 career victories.

The No. 13/14 Buckeyes (8-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) will travel to New York for two non-conference games this weekend. The Buckeyes will face Colgate (4-3-1, 2-2-0 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday in Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday, Ohio State will take on Cornell (3-1-2, 3-0-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. in James Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.