Big Rapids, Mich. - For the third 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 backstopped league-leading Ferris State to a league road victory and tie at Northern Michigan last weekend while remaining undefeated in net this season, is the WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week for Dec. 3, 2013.
A 6-0, 190-pound junior from St. Clair, Mich., Motte did not yield an even-strength goal in the two complete games on Nov. 29-30, improving his season record between the pipes for No. 6-ranked Ferris State to a nation's best 11-0-2. He had a series 0.96 goals-against average, stopped 55 of 57 shots for a .965 saves percentage, and had five shutout periods.
Motte had 32 saves in last Friday's 4-1 Bulldog win over the Wildcats, yielding a single PPG with just :11 seconds left to play. He then added 23 more on Saturday in a 1-1 overtime tie as FSU increased their nation-leading unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive games and remained unbeaten atop the WCHA standings. He played a key role on the penalty-kill as FSU was forced to play the latter stage of the third period and nearly all of Saturday's overtime session down a man.
This week marks the fifth consecutive week in which the league-leading Bulldogs have had at least one student-athlete chosen as a WCHA Player of the Week.
In addition to Motte, Ferris State's Matt Robertson was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week consideration and freshman Kyle Schempp was a candidate for Rookie of the Week kudos.
Nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State continues an eight-game stretch away from home this weekend as the Bulldogs square off in WCHA play against the 14th-ranked Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The series gets underway on Friday (Dec. 6) night at 7:37 p.m. (ET) with the finale on Saturday (Dec. 7) set for 7:07 p.m. (ET) at Taffy Abel Ice Arena.
FSU will then visit Michigan and Michigan State in back-to-back non-league road contests on Dec. 11 and Dec. 14, respectively, before the holiday break.