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WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Ferris State University junior goaltender CJ Motte, who backstopped his team to a 3-0-1 record in the month while posting a 1.47 goals-against average and .952 saves percentage, has been named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division 1 Player of the Month for December.
A 6-0, 190-pounder from St. Clair, Michigan, Motte push his nation's best record to 14-0-3 on the season as the Bulldogs ran their nation-leading and school-record tying unbeaten streak to 15 games heading into the New Year. No. 2-ranked Ferris State is 14-2-3 overall and 10-0-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
Motte surrendered just six goals in four games, with two of those coming on power-plays, stopped 119 of 125 shots on goal, had eight shutout periods and helped the Bulldogs kill 18 of 20 opponent man-advantage opportunities in the month. He gave up just three goals in the final three games of December and was honored as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Dec. 17.
He led league-leading Ferris State to a 5-3, 3-1 WCHA road sweep at Lake Superior State on Dec. 6-7 in a battle of two nationally-ranked teams, posting 39 and 36 saves respectively. He then had 28 stops in a 2-2 overtime road tie at nationally-ranked Michigan on Dec. 11 before closing the month with a 2-0 shutout of another Big 10 Conference opponent in Michigan State in the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Dec. 14 in East Lansing.
On the season, Motte sports a 14-0-3 record and .912 winning percentage, has a 2.15 goals-against average over 1034:48 of action in nets, and owns a .927 save percentage with 473 stops. He has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week four times this season.
Ferris State returns to action as the Bulldogs take part in the prestigious 23rd annual Mariucci Classic hosted by top-ranked Minnesota this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
FSU will face the RPI Engineers in the opening game of the event on Friday (Jan. 3) at 5 p.m. (ET). Host Minnesota will face Colgate in Friday's other first-round matchup with the tournament's third-place and title games set for Saturday (Jan. 4).
Nationally top-ranked Minnesota will host the 23rd annual Mariucci Classic. No. 2 Ferris State, Colgate and RPI will join the Gophers for four games this weekend at Mariucci Arena.
Saturday's contests will see Colgate face off against either RPI or Ferris State at 5 p.m. ET followed by Minnesota against either RPI or Ferris State at 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network, BTN2Go.com). Saturday's matchups depend on Friday's results. Both non-Minnesota games this weekend will be streamed on Gophersports.com through Gopher All-Access.
Both Ferris State games will also be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the play-by-play action. Pregame coverage begins a half-hour prior to puck drop. The online broadcast is accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. All links, including any potential live video along with live internet statistics, will be made available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics as they become available.
Following the Mariucci Classic, Ferris State returns to home ice on Jan. 10-11 as the Bulldogs resume WCHA action and fans will be treated to a special guest appearance from one of hockey's all-time greats.
Former Detroit Red Wings' standout Darren McCarty will make a special appearance and be in attendance for the series' opener on Friday (Jan. 10) evening against the Michigan Tech Huskies for a book signing and autograph session to promote his new book "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star".
The puck is set to drop on both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:07 p.m. (ET) as the Bulldogs square off against the Huskies for the first time since 1995 as part of what many expect will be one of the top WCHA rivalries in years to come.
In addition to McCarty's special appearance, the Bulldogs will also hold a special "Dawg Pound Appreciation Night" on Friday, Jan. 10, that will include giveaways, a free postgame skate with Brutus, raffle prizes and more. The Ferris State University residence halls will be open for the weekend series.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as sellout crowds are expected for the Bulldogs' first home action since mid-November. A special "BOGO" or buy one, get one free offer is currently being offered for all full-priced $12 tickets with limited availability at this price.
Fans can purchase advance tickets for the Michigan Tech series and save over the normal gameday rates by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Bulldog fans can also purchase all regular-priced tickets in advance 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at StarTickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.
A complete pricing structure, holiday ticket office hours and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com and can be found by visiting the "tickets" tab. All promotional ticket offers are only available in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. For additional ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.