Michigan State junior alternate captain Corey Tropp has been named the CCHA Player of the Week on Dec. 15, thanks to a four-goal, two-assist weekend as the Spartans swept Bowling Green.
It is the second Player of the Week award for Tropp this season, who has helped the Spartans to a 12-6-2 overall mark in pre-holiday action. Tropp was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the third round (89th overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft.
Like his team, the junior winger from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. had a six-point weekend against Bowling Green, and had a hand in six of MSU’s seven goals in the two-game set. In Friday’s game at BG, Tropp netted the game-tying goal in the third period and assisted on Torey Krug’s game-winner early into the overtime period. On Saturday, Tropp recorded his second hat trick of the season, which included the game-winner, and also had an assist on the game’s first goal as the Spartans won 4-1. He was a +4 on the weekend.
Tropp is the national leader in goals (16) and points (27), and game-winning goals (4). His game-tying goal on Friday at BG was his 50th point at Michigan State. He is the only player in the country with two hat tricks this season – he also notched three goals against Maine on Oct. 16.
Tropp has scored goals with approximately six minutes remaining in each of the last four games, and three of them were game-changing tallies. On Dec. 4 at Northern Michigan, he scored the lone goal of the game at 13:53 in a 1-0 win over the Wildcats; a night later, he scored at 13:48 to tie the game at 2-2 before the Spartans eventually fell in overtime. Last Friday against BG, his goal came at 14:20 and tied the game at two to force overtime (he then assisted on Krug’s OT game-winner). On Saturday, he completed his hat trick at 13:22.
Tropp has been an offensive force for the Spartans all season. He has been on the ice for 15 of MSU’s 19 power play goals, and Tropp has been on the ice for six of MSU’s 12 game-winners (scoring four game-winning tallies), and has been on the ice for both of MSU’s game-tying goals (classified as the goal that pulls MSU into a tie score, and the game ends in a tie). In 83 career games, Tropp has 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points.
The Spartans, tied for the most first-semester wins in the Rick Comley era with a 12-6-2 overall record, will be idle until Dec. 29, when they take on Michigan Tech in the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.