Nov. 15, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey goaltender Erika Vanderveer was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the first WCHA award for Vanderveer this season, who earned back-to-back USCHO Defensive Player of the Week honors the last two weeks, and the second time a Buckeye has been recognized by the league. This is Vanderveer’s fifth conference player of the week award of her career.

Vanderveer, a native of Bradford, Ontario, allowed just two goals with a total of 52 saves as the Buckeyes took three of four points in a WCHA road series at Bemidji State last weekend. She backstopped Ohio State to a 4-1 win Friday and a 1-1 tie Saturday, making 26 saves in each game. She stopped all four shots faced in overtime to preserve the tie and made 14 saves while the Beavers were on the power play to hold them 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.

In the last five games, Vanderveer has allowed just four goals with 153 saves for a .975 save percentage and 0.79 goals-against-average. For the season, she is 5-2-1 with a 1.51 GAA and .952 save percentage, the fourth-best in the nation.

Vanderveer and the Buckeyes took to extend their five-game unbeaten streak when they welcome North Dakota for a WCHA series Nov. 17 and 19. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 12:07 p.m. Sunday at OSU Ice Rink.