Nov. 21, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey forward Erin Keys was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the third honor for a Buckeye this season and the first for Keys of her career.

Keys, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., led Ohio State to a sweep of North Dakota Nov. 17 and 19 at OSU Ice Rink. She had two multiple-point games for a team-high five points in the series. Keys had a goal and an assist while on the power play in Friday’s 4-1 win and followed with a two-goal, one-assist performance Sunday in the 4-0 victory.

The games were Keys’ fourth and fifth multiple point games of the season and she has registered a point in 10 of 14 games this season. Her three goals increased her season total to eight to lead the team. She also has a Buckeye best 18 points, already setting a career high just 14 games into the season. Keys is second on the team in assists with 10, also a career high. She was a main member of Ohio State’s power play unit that was 4-for-10 on the weekend, with a goal and two assists with the man-advantage.

Senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Nov. 14) and junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme (Oct. 10) have earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for as well this season.

The Buckeyes (8-5-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) look to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak when they travel to Minnesota State Nov. 24-25. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna, Minn.