Oct. 24, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey sophomore forward Tom Fritsche was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. Fritsche, from Parma, Ohio, had five points, on two goals and three assists, in the Buckeyes’ series with Bowling Green last week.

In the Buckeyes’ 7-2 win at Bowling Green last Thursday, Fritsche had two goals and an assist to earn first star of the game honors. He put OSU up 2-0 with a shorthanded goal (the first of his career) in the first period. In the second period, Fritsche set up Jason DeSantis’ goal just as a Falcon power play expired and then scored his second goal of the game, this time on the power play, later in the period. Fritsche was +2 in the game.

Against the Falcons last Friday, Fritsche had assists on both Buckeye goals as the teams tied, 2-all. He set up Kyle Hood’s power-play goal early in the game. With the Buckeyes down, 2-1, in the third period, Fritsche assisted on John Dingle’s gametying goal. Fritsche was named second star of the game for his efforts.

Fritsche leads the Buckeyes in scoring this season with five assists and seven points in four games. He recorded his 50th career point last Thursday and has 13 goals, 39 assists and 52 points in 46 career games.

This is the third league honor for Fritsche. He was named CCHA Rookie of the Week twice last season.

No. 4 Ohio State (2-1-1/1-0-1/2nd CCHA) travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lawson Arena.