Nov. 7, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey goaltender Erika Vanderveer was named USCHO Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, the U.S. College Hockey Online site announced Tuesday. Her back-to-back national player of the week awards are the first of her career.

Vanderveer, a senior from Bradford, Ontario, continued her outstanding play by backstopping the Buckeyes to a sweep of Connecticut Nov. 3-4 at OSU Ice Rink. She totaled 63 saves in the two wins, allowing just one goal to the Huskies, who came into the series averaging 4.0 goals per game. In the Friday game, Vanderveer made 34 saves in the 5-1 win for her fourth-consecutive game of surpassing the 30-save mark. She followed that with a 29-save shutout performance Saturday to record her first shutout of the season and seventh of her career. Vanderveer helped the Buckeye penalty kill post a perfect 9-for-9 mark against UConn, stopping all nine shots faced by the Husky power play.

In her last three games, Vanderveer is 3-0-0 with an average of 33.7 saves. She has a 0.67 GAA and .980 save percentage in those games. Overall this season, she is 4-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA. She has allowed just 10 goals with 185 saves for a .949 save percentage, good for fourth in the nation.

Vanderveer and the Buckeyes look to extend their three-game win streak when they travel to Bemidji State for a WCHA series Nov. 10-11. The games begin at 2:07 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday.