Minnesota State senior goaltender Cole Huggins has been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in two home league wins over Michigan Tech this past weekend.
The Centennial, Colo., native stopped 45 of 46 shots for a .979 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average in season-opening action for the Mavericks. He turned aside 20 of 21 shots in Friday’s 3-1 win over the Huskies before backstopping Minnesota State to a 4-0 victory Saturday with 25 saves on 25 shots. Saturday’s shutout is a school record 11th of his career and gives him 40 wins in his four seasons with the Mavericks, which ranks sixth all-time at Minnesota State.
This marks the third time in his four-year collegiate career that Huggins has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
Other players nominated for the Mavericks this week were sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley (nominated for offensive player of the week) and freshman forward Marc Michaelis (nominated for rookie of the week).
Minnesota State, which ranks 14th this week in the USCHO.com poll and is 2-0-0 for the year, hosts St. Cloud State in a pair of non-conference games at Verizon Wireless Center Friday and Saturday. Both games will be heard on KTOE AM 1420.