Monday, January 25, 2016

Mavs players honored, Lakers player suspended

Minnesota State forward C.J. Franklin and goaltender Cole Huggins received player of the week honors from the WCHA on Monday for their performances over the weekend against Lake Superior State.

Franklin was named co-Offensive Player of the Week for his three-goal, two-assist output in the sweep over the Lakers. He had six shots on goal won 12 faceoffs and was plus-3 in the series. Franklin now leads the Mavericks with nine goals among his 14 points. He shared this week's award with Bowling Green forward Brandon Hawkins, who also had three goals and two assists in the Falcons' sweep of Alaska Anchorage.

Huggins, who was in goal for the first time since Nov. 13, stopped 39 of 40 shots in the Mavericks' wins, including 17 in Friday's 8-0 shutout, his eighth career shutout. Saturday's 5-1 victory was the 30th victory of his career.

Ferris State goalie Darren Smith was named Rookie of the Week. More on the award winners here.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State moved up to No. 19 in the newest USCHO rankings. WCHA cohorts Michigan Tech and Bowling Green are 17th and 18th, respectively.

Finally, the WCHA on Monday gave Lake Superior State's Jake Hand an additional game suspension for his hit to the head of MSU's Jordan Nelson with 16 seconds to go in Saturday's game. Hand, a freshman was already set to sit out the Lakers' next game due after drawing a game disqualification for the hit, but the league (rightly) felt it necessary to add supplementary discipline.

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