A pair of Michigan State hockey players received weekly honors from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association on Monday as sophomore Ethan Graham was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week and sophomore netminder Dominic Vicari was selected as the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week for their performances in MSU's Great Lakes Invitational championship.
Graham was an integral part of State's victories over No. 6 New Hampshire and No. 3 Michigan, setting up the game-winning tally in both games in overtime. In the 4-3 win over UNH, Jim Slater won the face-off and sent the puck back to Graham at the blueline. Graham walked the line and sent the puck down deep to Mike Lalonde, who eventually got it over to Slater for the game winner. In the 2-1 win over U-M, Graham sent the puck deep behind the Michigan net where Drew Miller and a U-M defender were. Miller kicked the puck out to Colton Fretter, who buried the shot for the winner. Graham also was part of State's penalty killing unit that was 11-for-11 over the two games.
Vicari receives CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. He blocked 70-of-74 shots (.946) as the Spartans beat No. 6 New Hampshire and No. 3 Michigan, both in overtime, to capture the 40th annual GLI. In addition, he helped shut down both New Hampshire's and Michigan's power-play units as the two teams went a combined 0-for-11 with the man advantage.