Big Rapids, Mich. - For the 10th time this season, a Ferris State University men's ice hockey student-athlete has claimed Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Week laurels as senior forward Cory Kane claimed this week's Offensive honor.
Kane, who sparked the Bulldogs to a two-game conference sweep over third place Alaska Anchorage and back into sole possession of first place in league standings, earned the WCHA Men's Offensive Player of the Week Award for Feb. 25, 2014.
A 6-1, 200-pound senior from Irvine, Calif., Kane produced four scoring points in the two FSU victories with a goal and three assists, fired a team-high eight shots on goal and earned a +3 plus/minus rating. The back-to-back wins stretched the Bulldogs' lead to four points atop the WCHA standings with two weeks to go in the regular season.
In the series opener at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids last Friday (Feb. 21), Kane had an assist on his team's final goal to seal a 4-2 win, along with five shots on goal and a +1 rating.
Kane came back with a three-point effort last Saturday (Feb. 22), earning First Star of the Game honors and pushing his point-scoring streak to six straight games. He tallied a goal and two assists in the Bulldogs' 5-3 win over UAA before a sold out crowd, moving FSU's home record to 12-1-1 overall and 11-0-1 in WCHA games. He had an assist along with an unassisted goal in the first period, then had the primary assist on Andy Huff's shorthanded game-winner in the second frame. For the weekend, Kane also had four blocks.
With this week's recognition, Kane becomes the fifth different FSU player to earn either Offensive, Defensive or Rookie recognition in the league this campaign. He joins sophomore forward Matt Robertson as an offensive recipient to date while freshman forward Kyle Schempp previously earned Rookie of the Week laurels. Junior defenseman Jason Binkley was a Defensive Player of the Week winner while junior goaltender CJ Motte has claimed the WCHA's defensive nod six times to date this campaign.
The Bulldogs, who are currently ranked fourth nationally this week in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll along with the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) rankings, hold a 23-7-3 overall record to date, which represents the second-most wins in the nation.
This weekend, the Bulldogs will play their final regular-season road series as they travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, to face the Alaska Nanooks on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1. Both games are scheduled for 11:07 p.m. (ET) starts. FSU begins the final four-game stretch of the regular-season with a four-point lead over second place Minnesota State atop the WCHA.
Following this week's trip to Alaska, FSU will then return home to host Lake Superior State in its final two regular-season outings on March 7-8 during "Senior Weekend" in Big Rapids with a special "Buy One, Get One Free" promotional offer available while supplies last.
Additionally, FSU has already clinched home ice for the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs. Ferris State will host an opponent to be determined in a best-of-three series set for March 14-16 with the winner advancing to the WCHA Final Five Championship on March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Tickets for both the final regular-season series along with the first round of the WCHA Playoffs are currently on sale now and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office, online at StarTickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737. For additional information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call 231-591-2888.