Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More honors for MSU players

For the second week in a row Minnesota State has two WCHA weekly award winners, and one of those again went to goalie Stephon Williams.

Williams was named WCHA Rookie of the Week for his play in the Mavericks' sweep of Bemidji State last weekend. He didn't see as much rubber as he did the week before at Wisconsin but still allowed just one goal against the Beavers (37 saves on 38 shots). The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Fairbanks, Alaska, has now won four consecutive games and is now 4-3-1 with a 1.92 GAA and a .923 SV%. By the way, Williams' shutout on Friday was the first by an MSU rookie in WCHA play since Dan Tormey did it twice in 2005-06.

Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Brett Stern was named co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the BSU series. The 6-3, 185-pound Lino Lakes native was +4 in the series and was credited with seven hits. He also scored his first career goal and had an assist for a two-point game on Saturday.

Stern shared the award with Wisconsin goaltender Landon Peterson. Minnesota Duluth's Austin Farley was named Offensive Player of the Week. More on the WCHA awards here.

In other MSU player news, it was announced that freshman center Teddy Blueger has been invited to participate in Latvia's pre-tournament camp for the upcoming. World Junior Championships. Blueger said on Tuesday that he will leave for the came immediately following MSU's series at Nebraska Omaha  on Dec. 14-15. Blueger, a Riga, Latvia, native who played for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault the last few years, also played on last year's Latvian team at Worlds. The World Junior Championships. will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. Read more about Blueger here. I'll have more about the MSU rookie in Thursday's Freep.

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