C.J. Motte earns conference honor

Bulldog goaltender named WCHA Defensive Player of Week

BIG RAPIDS — After another strong weekend between the pipes, Ferris State senior goaltender C.J. Motte was honored as this week’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Week.

In a weekend sweep of WCHA foe Lake Superior State on Dec. 12-13 at Ewigleben Ice Arena, Motte only gave up two goals on the weekend to improve his record to 9-7-1 on the season, making 26 saves in a 5-2 victory last Friday and tallying 24 stops in last Saturday’s 5-0 shutout victory to give Motte his NCAA Division I-leading 14th career shutout.

On the season, Motte is currently sixth in the nation in goals against average (1.73 per game), tied for fifth in save percentage (.939) and tied for first in shutouts (4).

Motte wasn’t the only Bulldog in consideration for a weekly conference honor with junior forward Kenny Babinski being nominated for the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week in addition to freshman forward Andrew Mayer earning a nomination for WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

The Bulldogs (9-7-1, 6-4-0 WCHA) are next scheduled to compete in the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Dec. 28-29.

Ferris State will face Michigan State on Dec. 28 and the winner will face the winner of the matchup between Michigan and Michigan Tech on Sunday.

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