Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tim Crowder was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
The Michigan State junior winger helped lead the Spartans, the defending NCAA champs, to a home-and-home sweep of Ferris State last weekend (4-3, 4-1), have won their last four conference games (4-0), and are undefeated in their last six games overall (4-0-2). MSU is undefeated in CCHA road games this season (5-0).
Crowder, Pittsburgh’s 2005 fifth-round draft choice (126th overall), had a pair of goals each night in the sweep of Ferris State – the teams played Friday in Big Rapids, and again on Saturday in East Lansing. The junior, who had two goals on the year entering the weekend, managed two goals in the third period of each game against the Bulldogs. Crowder was a plus-4 on the weekend, and helped the Spartans extend their conference winning streak.
Michigan State, now 12-3-2 (8-2-0 CCHA), enjoys a 19-day hiatus from competition, and will next compete at the Great Lakes Invitational Dec. 28-29. The Spartans will take on Michigan Tech in the semifinals on the Dec. 28 at 8 p.m.