Bulldogs' CJ Motte Attains WCHA Weekly Honor For Second-Straight Week
Big Rapids, Mich. - For the second consecutive week, Ferris State University junior goaltender CJ Motte has been honored as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Week.
Motte, who stretched his season-opening unbeaten streak to 11 games with back-to-back victories over league-rival Alaska last weekend, has been named the WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 26, 2013.
A 6-0, 190-pound junior from St. Clair, Mich., Motte pushed his season record to 10-0-1 for the league-leading Bulldogs while amassing 69 saves, posting four shutout periods, holding Alaska to just one power-play goal in nine chances, and adding two assists of his own in 5-3, 4-3 victories at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.
Motte has played a crucial role as Ferris State completed a six-game WCHA homestand with 11 of a possible 12 points and ran their nation-leading unbeaten streak to nine consecutive games at 8-0-1. FSU was outshot by the Nanooks both nights, but Motte made 41 saves in last Friday's 5-3 victory followed by 28 more in Saturday's 4-3 triumph.
As the nation's winningest goaltender this season, Motte has helped FSU (10-2-1) climb to a No. 6 national ranking this week.
FSU opens a eight-game stretch away from home this weekend (Nov. 29-30) as the Bulldogs venture to Marquette for a Thanksgiving weekend clash against the Northern Michigan Wildcats in WCHA play at the Berry Events Center. The series' opener is set for Friday (Nov. 29) and the finale takes place on Saturday (Nov. 30) with both games starting at 7:07 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs' 10 wins to date are the second-most in the country and FSU continues to hold a four-point lead over second place Bemidji State in the league standings after this past weekend's play with the Beavers having played two more conference games.
Last weekend's series' wrapped up a six-game homestand for the Bulldogs in which FSU captured 11 of a possible 12 points. Saturday's contest against the Nanooks was FSU's final action at home in the 2013 calendar year as the Bulldogs will not return to home ice until Jan. 10-11 versus Michigan Tech.