Nov. 28, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the second award for Bonhomme this season and third-consecutive week a Buckeye has been recognized.

Bonhomme, a junior from Sudbury, Ontario, led the Buckeyes with four points in the sweep of Minnesota State in Owatonna, Minn., Nov. 24-25, to extend the team’s nation-leading unbeaten streak to nine games. She factored into both goals Friday, assisting on the opening shorthanded goal and then scoring the gamewinner. She again assisted on the opening goal of the game Saturday and scored to tie the game at 3-all en route to Ohio State’s 4-3 win.

By tallying a goal and an assist in each game, Bonhomme increased her total of games with multiple points to five. Both of her points Saturday were scored on the power play, upping her power play point total to 11 (4g, 7a). She has already tied her career high in goals with seven through 14 games played this season. Bonhomme is fourth in the nation in defenseman scoring with 1.29 points per game and second in the WCHA in points by a defenseman. Her seven goals are the most by a defenseman in the WCHA.

Bonhomme earned the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award earlier this season for the week of Oct. 10. Junior forward Erin Keys (Nov. 21) and senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Nov. 15) also have earned weekly awards from the conference.

Ohio State is off this weekend before traveling to No. 7 Minnesota Duluth for a WCHA series Dec. 8-9.