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March 4, 2014
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Alaska's Beck, Minnesota State's Huggins, Alabama Huntsville's Larose Named WCHA Men's Players of the Week

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Colton Beck - Senior, Forward
University of Alaska

photoVeteran University of Alaska forward Colton Beck, who helped spark the host Nanooks to a two-game sweep over league co-leader Ferris State last weekend, has been named the WCHA Men's Offensive Player of the Week for March 4, 2014.

A 5-11, 187-pound senior from Langley, British Columbia, Beck scored a pair of goals and set up another, fired eight shots on goal and earned a +5 plus/minus rating as Alaska stretched their winning streak to six games and moved into a share of third place in the WCHA race.

He scored the series' first goal just :34 seconds into last Friday (Feb. 28) night's 4-1 victory at Carlson Center in Fairbanks, had three shots on goal and was +2. Then in game two last Saturday (March 1) evening, Beck assisted on a go-ahead goal in the second period and then tallied a go-ahead goal himself at the 3:58 mark of the third period as Alaska completed the sweep over the Bulldogs with a 5-3 triumph. He also had five shots on goal and was a +3.

Alaska's second leading scorer through 32 games this season, Beck has contributed 34 points with 13 goals and 21 assists. He is also now four points away from 100 career points with 41 goals, 55 assists and 96 points.

Also nominated: Jeff Jubinville, F, BSU; Ryan Carpenter, F, BGSU; Andy Huff, F, FSU; Zach Lehrke, F, MSU.

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Cole Huggins - Freshman, Goaltender
Minnesota State University

photoMinnesota State University goaltender Cole Huggins, who backstopped the Mavericks to a key two-game conference road sweep at Lake Superior State last weekend, is the WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week for March 4, 2014.

A 6-0, 180-pound freshman from Centennial, Colo., Huggins earned victories in both starts between the pipes against the Lakers, surrendering just two even-strength goals and compiling a 1.50 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

The two victories ran Minnesota State's winning streak to seven games and lofted them into a share of first place in the WCHA with one weekend to go in pursuit of the regular season championship and MacNaughton Cup.

Huggins registered his fourth shut-out of the season last Friday (Feb. 28) in Sault Ste. Marie, stopping all 14 shots on goal and holding Lake Superior scoreless on both power-play attempts. He then had 30 saves in game two last Saturday (March 1) to lead the Mavericks to a 4-3 victory. Two of the three goals he surrendered came on the power-play.

Sporting a 16-7-0 record overall over 1439:24 of action in nets for MSU, Huggins currently leads all WCHA netminders in goals-against average both for all games at 2.08 and also in conference play at 1.86. In league games, Huggins owns a stellar 16-4-0 mark.

Also nominated: Matt Larose, G, UAH; Sean Cahill, G, UAF; Tommy Burke, G, BGSU.

WCHA Rookie of the Week
Matt Larose - Freshman, Goaltender
University of Alabama in Huntsville

photoUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville goaltender Matt Larose, who fashioned a 40-save, 2-1 conference road victory at Bemidji State last weekend, has been named the WCHA Men's Rookie of the Week for March 4, 2014.

A 6-5, 215-pound freshman from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Larose helped lead the visiting Chargers to their second conference road victory of the season last Friday (Feb. 28) at Sanford Center in Bemidji while earning his first collegiate win in nets.

He posted 40 saves on 42 shots on goal and blanked the host Beavers on all three of their power-play opportunities. He had double-digit save totals in all three periods (12, 15, 13) while yielding just one goal midway through the third period. Larose also killed a key penalty that came at the 18:32 mark of the final period, preserving Alabama Huntsville's 2-1 lead and helping the Chargers snap a nine-game losing streak.

This weekend, UAH closes out its first season as a member of the WCHA with a two-game, March 7-8, home series at Von Braun Center against league-rival Northern Michigan.

Also nominated: Brandon Morley, F, UAF; Sean Walker, D, BGSU; Cole Huggins, G, MSU; John Siemer, F, NMU.