Ferris State’s Motte, Union’s Lichtenwald get national honors for December

Ferris State goaltender CJ Motte and Union forward Eli Lichtenwald have been named the national player and rookie of the month, respectively, for December.

Both awards come from the Hockey Commissioners Association, which selects winners from nominees made by each conference.

Motte was 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA and a .952 save percentage in December, helping the Bulldogs rise to No. 2 in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

For the season, Motte is 14-0-3.

Lichtenwald had four goals and seven points in six games in December for the Dutchmen.

He had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 win over Quinnipiac on Dec. 7, helping Union to sole possession of first place in ECAC Hockey.