Ohio State moves up the No. 9 in both national polls

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shannon Reilly, a senior defenseman on the ninth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team, was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. This is the first weekly award in Reilly’s career and the fourth weekly honor for a Buckeye this season.

Reilly, from Chanhassen, Minn., had a solid weekend on both ends of the ice in a sweep of Syracuse, Oct. 29-30 at the OSU Ice Rink. The senior defenseman had two assists, two blocked shots and a plus-3 rating against the Orange. Both of her assists came in the second game when she set up the fourth and fifth goals to help the Buckeyes pull away for the 6-2 win to complete the sweep. She blocked both shots in the 5-1 victory the opening game of the series.

After only 11 points the entire 2009-10 season, Reilly has found her offensive touch again early this season with seven points (3g, 4a) in the first eight games.

Up next, Ohio State (6-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) travels to No. 7 North Dakota (5-3-0, 4-2-0 WCHA) for a conference series Nov. 6-7 in Grand Forks, N.D. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) both Saturday and Sunday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

2010-11 WCHA Player of the Week Awards
Becky Allis
– Rookie (Oct. 20 vs. St. Cloud State)
Laura McIntosh – Offensive (Oct. 20 vs. St. Cloud State)
Shannon Reilly – Defensive (Nov. 3 vs. Syracuse)
Lisa Steffes – Rookie (Oct. 13 at Robert Morris)

Ohio State moved into ninth in both the U.S. College Hockey Online poll released Monday and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine standings released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who were 10th in both polls last week, have been ranked for four-consecutive weeks.

The Scarlet and Gray is close to No. 8 Minnesota in both rankings – only two points behind the Gophers on USCHO and eight points behind in the USA Today standings.