April 5, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye freshman forward Tom Fritsche was named the Inside College Hockey Freshman of the Year, announced. Last week, Fritsche was named to INCH’s All-Rookie Team.

Fritsche (Parma, Ohio) led the Buckeyes in scoring as a rookie with 45 points, the most for an OSU freshman since Brian Loney had 55 in 1992. He also had a team-best 34 assists, the second-highest total in the last 13 years, behind only Hugo Boisvert’s 35 helpers in 1998. Fritsche’s 34 assists tied for the third-most for a Buckeye freshman in a single season. Fritsche, who played in all 42 games for Ohio State, was a team-best +21 on the year. He had a team-best nine points in the postseason, including two in the NCAA regional first round game vs. Cornell. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, was a finalist for CCHA Rookie of the Year accolades and was a 2005 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Team selection. He is tied for the national lead in scoring among rookies and rates third in points per game among the nation’s freshmen.

The Buckeyes ended the year 27-10-4 and finished second in the CCHA in the regular-season with a 21-5-2 record. The squad, with 11 freshmen and just three seniors, advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time in program history and in the last eight years. The squad’s 27 wins tied for the second most in program history, while the second-place league finish was the highest since 1984.