Nov. 27, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey defenseman Sean Collins was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. It is the second-consecutive week Collins has been recognized by the league after earning the defensive player of the week award Nov. 20.

Collins, a senior captain from Troy, Mich., led the Buckeyes with five points on three goals and two assists in the Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament Nov. 24-25. He scored two goals Saturday vs. RPI, one of which was one the power play, and added an assist. His three points were a single-game season high. Collins’ first goal on the power play opened the scoring for Ohio State. He then scored at 8:50 as part of the OSU rally in the third period to tie the game at 4-4, and assisted on the go-ahead goal at 16:56 for a 5-4 lead. The Buckeyes ended with a 5-5 tie with the Engineers. The two lamplighters tied his career high for goals in a game.

Against Colgate Friday, Collins factored into both OSU goals, assisting on the first one and scoring the final one while on the power play in the 4-2 loss. For his play against the Red Raiders and Engineers, he was named to the All-Tournament team.

Collins is on a four-game goal streak, scoring five goals during that span. During that time he also has assisted on three goals for a total of eight points. He has scored in six of the last seven games (5-6–11) and is now tied for the team lead in points (14) and goals (5) and ranks second in assists (9).

Collins is tied for seventh in the nation in defenseman scoring with 1.00 points per game and is tied for second in overall defenseman scoring in the CCHA.

The Buckeyes return to conference play Dec. 1-2 with a series at Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. It is the third-consecutive weekend on the road for Ohio State, who will face the Spartans at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Munn Ice Arena.