Oct. 26, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior forward Rod Pelley was named the INCH Player of the Week, announced Tuesday. Pelley posted five points to lead the Buckeyes to a two-game sweep of conference foe and previously unbeaten Miami last week. Pelley earned Central Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance as well.

Pelley, a Kitimat, British Columbia, native, had a team-best five points in the sweep of Miami, with three goals and two assists. Thursday, Pelley had a goal and two assists in OSU’s 9-3 win, tying his career highs for both assists and points in a game. Friday, Pelley scored OSU’s only two goals in a 2-1 win. His first goal got OSU on the board and he scored the gamewinner just 24 seconds after the RedHawks had tied the game.

Pelley leads the Buckeyes with five goals and eight points this season. He is first in the nation with five power-play goals, tying his total from his first two years as a Buckeye.

This marks the second time a Buckeye has been honored by INCH with a weekly award. Goalie Mike Betz was named the INCH Player of the Week Oct. 21, 2003 after leading Ohio State to a two-game road sweep of Michigan State.

The Buckeyes (4-2-0, 4-0-0 CCHA), who are on a four-game conference and overall winning streak, continue league play this weekend when they travel to Western Michigan (1-3-0, 1-3-0 CCHA). The Buckeyes and Broncos will face off at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.