Dec. 14, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Jeni Creary was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Buckeyes in their sweep over North Dakota last weekend the league announced Monday.

The Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, native had a hand in four of the six Buckeye goals Dec. 11-12. Creary scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another in Ohio State’s 3-1 win Saturday. She followed with her seventh multiple-point game of the season Sunday as she dished out two assists, including a helper on the gamewinner.

In addition to her four points, Creary also helped the Buckeye penalty kill hold North Dakota scoreless on all 10 power play chances on the weekend.

This season, Creary leads OSU with 14 goals, 13 of which have come against WCHA teams. Creary remains OSU’s career points leader with 123 (71-52).

The award marks the fourth league award of the season for Ohio State and Creary’s fourth of her career. Earlier this season, Creary received Offensive Player of the Week accolades for scoring two third period goals to lead Ohio State to a sweep over Minnesota State Oct. 15 and 16 in Mankato, Minn. She previously received awards Oct. 13, 2002 and Oct. 23, 2001.

Ohio State is on a three-week hiatus for the holiday season. The Buckeyes open 2005 on a six game home stretch, beginning with WCHA foe Minnesota-Duluth Jan. 7-8 at the OSU Ice Rink.