Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Williams honored — again

For the second week in a row, Minnesota State goaltender Stephon Williams was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

Hard to argue with handing him another, considering he shut out Lake Superior State twice on the road. Williams stopped all 45 shots he faced for the sixth and seventh shutouts of his career.

And here's something I missed while taking a little time off: Williams is now tied for the most shutouts in MSU history, joining Eric Pateman, who had seven shutouts between 1998 and 2002, and Mike Zacharias, who blanked seven teams from 2005 to 2009.

Williams is now 11-1-0 with a .931 save percentage. His 1.52 goals-against average ranks fourth nationally.

Other WCHA award winners this week were Michigan Tech's Alex Petan (offensive) and Bemidji State's Gerry Fitzgerald (rookie).

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