Wayne State University junior forward Nate Higgins has been selected College Hockey America Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Higgins scored a tournament-best three goals as the Warriors placed third in the 2005 Badger Showdown this past weekend in Madison, Wis.
His power-play goal early in the third period of Friday's setback to Northern Michigan pulled WSU within three at 5-2.
With Wayne State leading Western Michigan 2-0 early in the second period of Saturday's third-place game, Higgins outraced two Bronco defenders to the puck, after a long rebound, and beat WMU goalie Daniel Bellissimo high to the blocker side with a back-hand.
The Warriors held a precarious 4-2 lead early in the third period, following back-to-back Bronco goals, but Higgins scored an even-strength marker for a 5-2 WSU advantage.
Higgins was the lone Wayne State player named to the all-tournament team.
Despite missing the first two games of the season due to a pre-season injury, Higgins still leads the Warriors with eight goals, including six in the last five contests. During Wayne State's 4-2 December record, Higgins had 10 points on six goals and four assists.
WSU plays a pair of non-league contests this Friday and Saturday at Michigan State. Both games can be heard on the radio (WDTK - 1400 AM) or online at www.wdtkam.com with Andy Sanzotta calling the action.