As expected, Mavericks goaltender Phil Cook was named WCHA defensive player of the week for his efforts in last weekend's sweep of Minnesota. Also, as expected, he's sharing the award with Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala, who helped the Beavers sweep Nebraska-Omaha.
A couple more nuggets on Cook's performance, courtesy of MSU's sports info staff: Cook's 49 saves are the most by an MSU goalie in WCHA regular-season action and the most since Des Christoper had 54 saves on 57 shots in a 3-1 loss to Colorado College on Dec. 12, 1997, before the Mavericks joined the WCHA. ... Cook has started 11 of the last 12 games for MSU.
Other WCHA awards went to CC forward Jaden Schwartz, who had seven points against Michigan Tech, and Denver forward Jason Zucker, who helped the Pioneers in a split at Minnesota Duluth.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, Bakala did one better on Cook today, getting named national player of the week by Inside College Hockey Online.