Jan. 3, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman defenseman Johann Kroll was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, the CCHA announced Monday. Kroll, from Plymouth, Minn., scored a goal in each game, was +3 combined and helped the OSU defense allow just three total goals in the Ohio Hockey Classic last week.

In the Buckeyes’ 5-1 victory over Minnesota State Dec. 29, Kroll scored the gamewinning goal, was +2 and blocked three shots to earn third star of the game accolades. In Ohio State’s 2-all tie with No. 2-ranked Colorado College Dec. 30, Kroll scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game at 1 and was +1. In the two games combined, Kroll helped the Buckeye defense stop all 15 opponent power-play chances, including a 9-for-9 performance against MSU.

Kroll has played in all 20 games for the Buckeyes this season. He has six points, on three goals and three assists, and is +3.

This is the seventh 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), Matt Waddell was the defenseman of the week Oct. 25 and Dave Caruso was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week Dec. 6.

The No. 10/11 Buckeyes (12-5-3, 9-2-1 CCHA) return to CCHA play with a two-game series at home against Ferris State (8-10-2, 3-7-2 CCHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday and at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.