FSU's CJ Motte Claims League's Top Defensive Player Honor This Week
Big Rapids, Mich. - For the third consecutive week, a Ferris State University men's ice hockey student-athlete has attained Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Week recognition following yet another impressive weekend for the Bulldogs.
Veteran Ferris State goaltender C.J. Motte, who backstopped the league-leading and host Bulldogs to three points with a tie and victory against Bowling Green last weekend, has been named the WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week.
A 6-0, 190-pound junior from St. Clair, Mich., Motte extended his season-opening unbeaten streak to nine games as Ferris State held onto first place in the WCHA standings and extended their unbeaten streak to seven games overall at 6-0-1. Motte's 8-0-1 mark in nets ranks as the nation's top mark for goaltenders with four or more wins this year.
Motte had 37 saves in the series opener in Big Rapids last Friday (Nov. 15), as the Bulldogs overcame a 3-1 third period deficit to forge a 3-3 (ot) tie. He held the Falcons scoreless on five power-play chances. Then on Saturday (Nov. 16), he turned aside 30 of 32 shots on goal and stopped all four PP chances as FSU came through with a 4-2 triumph, this time after trailing 2-0 in the third. Ferris State gained three points on the weekend despite being outshot in each game.
Along with Motte, Bulldog senior forward Garrett Thompson was a nominee for the Offensive Player of the Week honor while freshman Chad McDonald was a finalist for the Rookie of the week Award.
The Bulldogs, who currently lead the WCHA with a 8-2-1 overall record and a 5-0-1 league slate, host the Alaska Nanooks in a two-game set at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The series gets underway on Friday (Nov. 22) night with the finale on Saturday (Nov. 23). Both games are set for 7:07 p.m. (ET) puck drops.
This week's number 10 national ranking represents the Bulldogs' highest placing in the poll since finishing second overall in the final 2011-12 USCHO.com Division I poll announced after FSU's historic appearance in the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.
Ferris State holds a two-point lead over second place Bemidji State in the WCHA standings entering the weekend series. Meanwhile, Alaska is seven points back in a tie for fifth place despite playing only four league games to date heading into the weekend.
A special Food Drive will take place this Friday night and all fans who donate four canned goods will receive $4 off their ticket if purchased in advance prior to gameday while supplies last. The Bulldogs will also hold the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday night with fans encouraged to bring a new or gently-used bear to throw on the ice after the first Bulldog goal. The items will be donated to those in need during the holiday season.
In addition, FSU will also be offering a BRAJHA weekend special to all members of the Big Rapids Area Junior Hockey Association. Those who purchase in advance can recieve $6 tickets available as supplies last for all BRAJHA players, parents and siblings.
Single-game tickets for all FSU home contests this season are currently on sale and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling 1-800-585-3737 or purchased in person at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) along with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
Fans can save and avoid potential lines by purchasing in advance. Additionally, the ticket office will remain open Friday night until 8 p.m. and oepn again on Saturday at 12 p.m. For more ticket information, fans can visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.