Feb. 3, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey junior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 2, the league announced Monday. Betz led the Buckeyes to a 1-0-1 weekend at Notre Dame, including a shutout in the series finale.
Betz allowed just three goals in the two games on the road at Notre Dame, with a goals-against average of 1.45 and a save percentage of .946 (53 saves on 56 shots) in 123:57 of play. In the second game, he posted his second shutout of the season, the eighth of his career, as he stopped all 23 Irish shots and helped lead the squad to an 8-for-8 performance on the penalty kill. Betz did not allow a 5-on-5 goal on the weekend.
Betz leads the CCHA and ranks sixth in the nation in goals-against average in all games with a career-best 2.13. He also ranks first in the CCHA with a goals-against average of 1.84 in league games. He is 10-2-2 on the year to rank 10th in the nation in winning percentage (.725). In his career, Betz has a record of 49-37-9 and is just five short of Bill McKenzie’s program record of 54 wins. Betz has eight shutouts in his career, two shy of McKenzie’s program mark of 10.
In all, Buckeyes have earned CCHA player of the week honors a league-high 10 times this season, led by R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with three. Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich.) is a two-time rookie of the week honoree, while Dan Knapp (Rochester, Mich.) and Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) each have earned that honor once. Paul Caponigri (Oak Park, Ill.) also received offensive player of the week accolades, while Doug Andress (Iroquois Falls, Ontario) earned defensive player of the week honors Jan. 20.
The No. 10-ranked Buckeyes (18-6-3, 12-4-2 CCHA), in second place in the CCHA, play host to Western Michigan (13-12-1, 11-7-0 CCHA) for a two-game series this weekend. The Buckeyes and Broncos will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.