Dec. 18, 2008

 

Courtesy of Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen and freshman Natalie Spooner of the Ohio State women's hockey team earned WCHA Player of the Week awards, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. Klassen was named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time of her career, and Spooner was selected Rookie of the Week for the third time in the last eight weeks. The Buckeyes have earned six player of the week awards this season.

Klassen totaled six points in a WCHA series at Minnesota State last weekend, helping Ohio State take four points from the Mavericks. She had two assists in a 6-5 victory Friday and followed with a career-high four points Saturday. The forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored twice and added two assists as the Buckeyes skated to a 5-5 tie and won in a shootout. Klassen, Spooner and linemate Laura McIntosh combined for 18 points in the two-game series.

Klassen is on a four-game point streak with eight points in that span. She increased her career total to 80 points to move into the Top 10 in all-time scoring for the Buckeyes at no. 10. She ranks fifth all-time among OSU forwards and sixth in career goals with 38.

Spooner continued her outstanding play, setting a Buckeye record for goals in a game while totaling seven points (5g, 2a) in a road series at Minnesota State. She scored four goals in game one against the Mavericks to set the single-game goal record at Ohio State. She scored her first goal 33 seconds into the contest and added a natural hat trick in a 1:56 span in the second period. She had two goals 22 seconds apart and added a third 1:34 later (4:33, 4:55, 6:29). In the second game, Spooner added a goal and two assists.

The native of Scarborough, Ontario, is on a five-game goal streak to tie for the third-longest in Buckeye history. She has 10 goals in that span. This season, Spooner has nine multi-point and five multi-goal performances while playing in just 14 games. Her 17 goals this season already rank 10th in the OSU single-season records. She is second in the NCAA in goals per game with 1.21 and fourth in freshman scoring with 1.57 points per game.

Ohio State will return to the ice with a nonconference series against Boston University, Jan. 2-3 at the OSU Ice Rink.