Oct. 12, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey senior forward Natalie Spooner was named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. This is the first honor of the season for Spooner and the seventh of her career.

Spooner produced five scoring points in Ohio State’s season-opening series against conference opponent Bemidji State last weekend at home. She kicked off her final season with the Buckeyes on Friday, scoring all four Ohio State goals in a 4-4 (OT) tie with the Beavers and then scored the only goal in the shootout to give OSU the extra point in the conference standings. The hat trick was the fourth of her career, while the four-goal performance tied an OSU record first set by Spooner in 2008 and tied by teammate Hokey Langan in 2010.

The Scarborough, Ontario, product concluded the weekend scoring an empty-net goal on Saturday, the fifth of the game for the Buckeyes in a 5-3 win over the Beavers. With her five goals over the weekend, Spooner inched closer to becoming the Buckeyes’ all-time leading goal scorer, needing 13 more to break Jeni Creary’s career record of 86.

Ohio State continues WCHA play with a series against St. Cloud State Oct. 14-15 at the OSU Ice Rink. Games begin 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.