Feb. 26, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey junior Jason DeSantis was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. It is the first such honor for DeSantis in his career and the seventh time a Buckeye has been named conference player of the week this season.

DeSantis, from Oxford, Mich., scored a goal in each game vs. the Michigan last weekend, as the teams split the series. Friday, he scored an even-strength goal that put the Buckeyes ahead in the second period. Saturday, his tally cut the UM lead to one in the Buckeye come-from-behind win. DeSantis also blocked three shots in the series. He was part of the Buckeye penalty-kill unit that was 9-for-9 on the weekend, allowing just one 5-on-3 goal. He ended the series +3, including a +2 mark Saturday.

This season, DeSantis has a career-best 20 assists and 24 points. He leads the Buckeyes and all CCHA defensemen in assists and is tied for seventh nationally among defensemen. He is fourth on the OSU squad in points and is tied for third among league blueliners.

DeSantis marked the 100th game of his Buckeye career Saturday vs. Michigan. He has 10 goals and 39 points for the Scarlet and Gray in his career.

The Buckeyes have garnered four defenseman of the week honors this season. Senior Sean Collins (Troy, Mich.) has earned three defenseman of the week nods and rookie goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) has earned two, while junior forward Domenic Maiani has been named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

Ohio State will host Northern Michigan in the first round of the CCHA playoffs this weekend. The No. 7-seed Buckeyes and No. 10-seed Wildcats will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. If necessary, game three will be Sunday, at a time to be determined.