March 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After posting 12 points to lead all CCHA players, Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Fritz has been named the Warrior CCHA Player of the Month for February. The native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, had five goals and seven assists during the Buckeyes' last eight games combined.
Fritz had a point in six of eight games, including three multiple-point games, during the month. His 12 points tied for fourth among all NCAA players during February. He tallied two power play goals and the first shorthanded goal of his career, along with his first career four-point night.
The 5-foot-11, 202-pound forward began the month with an assist on the power play in a 6-3 win over Notre Dame Feb. 1 and added another power-play assist the following night in a 2-2 tie. He scored his first goal of the month with the man advantage in a 3-1 victory at Alaska Feb. 9. Feb. 16, the forward notched a career-high four points against Western Michigan, scoring once and adding three assists while recording a career-best +4 rating. In his final series of the month against Michigan Feb. 22-23, Fritz scored his first career shorthanded goal and added an assist in the series opener. He then netted a 2-1-3 scoring line the following night to close out the month.
Entering the final weekend of conference action, Fritz leads the CCHA in scoring in league play with 30 points, along with a conference-best 21 assists. Overall he is tied for second in scoring among league players with 32 points, including a CCHA-high 22 assists. He has a point in 10 of his last 12 games.
Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle earned CCHA Gongshow Goaltender of the Month accolades in November. Fritz is the first Buckeye skater named the CCHA Player of the Month since Zac Dalpe in January 2010. Current sophomore Nick Oddo was the league's rookie of the month for December 2011.
Fritz and the Buckeyes close the regular season with two games at No. 3 Miami this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Both games will be televised live by Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, with Sports Time Ohio picking up the Friday game as well. The Ohio State radio call will be available online at ESPNColumbus.com and over the air at 1460 AM. Links to audio, video and stats are on the Buckeye hockey gameday page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday.
Mason Jobst - All-American