Minnesota State goalie Cole Huggins was named the WCHA's defensive player of the week for his performance in the Mavericks' sweep over Michigan Tech over the weekend. Huggins stopped 45 of 46 shots in the 3-1 and 4-0 victories. The shutout was the school-record 11th of his career. His 40 career victories rank sixth in MSU history. Surprisingly, this was just the third time Huggins received a weekly award from the conference.
The Mavericks nominated sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley for offensive player of the week and freshman forward Marc Michaelis for rookie of the week, but they were passed over for Northern Michigan's Robbie Payne and Bemidji State's Zach Whitecloud.
Meanwhile the Mavericks moved up five spots to No. 14 in the latest USCHO rankings. They are the highest WCHA team in the poll. Bowling Green dropped from 14 to 20 after getting swept by Bemidji State. Michigan Tech, now 0-4, dropped out of the rankings and is receiving votes along with Bemidji State and Ferris State.
Minnesota State's upcoming opponent, St. Cloud State, is ranked seventh. North Dakota is No. 1.
For a little more on MSU's weekend against Tech, go here.