Senior captain collected five assists vs. Bemidji State, leads nation in defenseman scoring

COLUMBUS, Ohio Tessa Bonhomme, a senior defenseman on the No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team, received WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the first award for a Buckeye this season and Bonhomme’s fifth weekly award of her career.

Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, led the Buckeyes with five points in the sweep of Bemidji State, Nov. 2-3. The team captain set up three goals in game one and followed with two assists Saturday for the fifth and sixth multiple-point games of the season just 10 games into the schedule.

With her five assists, Bonhomme increased her season point total to 15. She is tied for the WCHA lead in overall scoring as well as leading all defenseman six points ahead of the next blueliner. Her six goals are tied for fifth-most and her nine assists and tied for second. Bonhomme is the only defenseman in the nation with double-digit points and leads all defensemen with 1.50 points per game.

Bonhomme also moved into a tie for fifth in career scoring in the OSU record books with 98 points. She is two points away from becoming just the fourth Buckeye to reach the 100-point milestone, which would also bump her in the second in career scoring by a defenseman. Her five assists also increased her career total to 66, moving her into fourth all-time.

Bonhomme and the Buckeyes (5-3-2, 4-2-2 WCHA) next travel to Minnesota State (2-5-1, 2-3-1 WCHA) for a conference series, Nov. 9-10. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.