Motte Recognized As Bulldogs Claim A WCHA Weekly Honor For Seventh-Straight Week
Big Rapids, Mich. - The awards keep coming for the nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team as the Bulldogs have received yet another Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Week Award.
Junior goaltender C.J. Motte of red-hot Ferris State was named this week's WCHA Men's
Defensive Player of the Week after backstopping the Bulldogs to an unbeaten mark in two road games against Big 10 Conference opponents last week.
This week's achievement represents the seventh consecutive week in which league-leading Ferris State has had at least one player claim the weekly distinction. It also marks the fourth time this year in which Motte has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week recipient.
A 6-0, 190-pound junior from St. Clair, Mich., Motte had another impressive week of play, compiling a 0.96 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage and five shutout periods in a 2-2 overtime tie at Michigan on Dec. 11 and a 2-0 victory at Michigan State on Dec. 14. WCHA-leading Ferris State also pushed it's nation-leading and school record-tying unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2) last week.
Motte stopped 44 of 46 shots on goal in the two games and all eight opponent power-play chances as the Bulldogs tied the No. 3-ranked Wolverines 2-2 last Wednesday in Ann Arbor and then shutout the Spartans 2-0 on Saturday in East Lansing in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The shutout was his second of the season and seventh of his collegiate career.
In 17 games this season, Motte sports a 14-0-3 record, 2.15 goals-against average, and .927 save percentage. The Bulldogs, who are the first team to reach 14 victories this season, have moved up to a No. 2 national ranking this week. His 17-game unbeaten start is a school-record and the longest streak in the country.
Along with Motte, this season's other Bulldog award recipients in the WCHA have included freshman forward Kyle Schempp as Rookie of the Week (Nov. 5), junior defenseman Jason Binkley as Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 12) and sophomore forward Matt Robertson as the Offensive Player of the Week (Dec. 10).
Motte previously claimed Defensive honors three-straight weeks on Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. This week marks the fourth time in the last five weeks in which he's been honored with the defensive nod.
FSU has captured 22 of a possible 24 points to date in league action this season.
Ferris State will return to action on Jan. 3-4 as the Bulldogs take part in the prestigious Mariucci Classic hosted by top-ranked Minnesota. FSU will square off against RPI in the opening contest on Friday, Jan. 3, at Minneapolis. The contest begins at 5 p.m. (ET). FSU will then face either host Minnesota or Colgate the following night on Saturday, Jan. 4, at a time to be announced.
FSU will resume conference play at home on Jan. 10-11 versus Michigan Tech inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Both contests will begin at 7:07 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids and will mark Ferris State's first home games since mid-November.
Single-game tickets for all 2013-14 home contests are on sale now and can be purchased online at StarTickets.com, by calling 1-800-585-3737 or in person at the FSU Athletics Ticket office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.