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Former Stampede goalie Stephon Williams takes home four awards

By Jim Olander, 03/14/13, 7:00PM CDT

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Former teammate Olkinuora named All-WCHA Second Team

Former Stampede netminder Stephon Williams earned four awards from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) when the winners were announced this week.

Williams, who plays at Minnesota State-Mankato, was named All-WCHA First Team, WCHA All-Rookie Team, WCHA Rookie of the Year and, by virtue of his league-low goals against average (1.93), WCHA Goaltending Champion. Williams, a two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week this year, stands 19-9-2 overall (t-11th in the country in winning percentage - .667) with a 1.83 goals against average (sixth in the country) and a .929 save percentage (14th in the country).  In WCHA games, he finished the WCHA regular season leading league in goals against average (1.93), ranking second in save percentage (.927) and third in wins (15).  Williams has four shut-outs this year, which stands tied for third on MSU’s single-season list. Including the last 27 in a row, Williams has started 29 of MSU’s 36 games in 2012-13.

He led the Mavericks to a fourth place finish in the WCHA and the Mavericks will host the University of Nebraska-Omaha in a best-of-three first round playoff series this weekend in Mankato.

Williams spent the entire 2010-11 season with the Herd, posting a 20-7-6 record along with a 2.59 Goals-Against –Average (GAA) and a .909 save percentage. He helped guide the Herd to the Westrn Conference Finals that season. Last year, he appeared in 21 games, going 6-9-2 with a 2.70 GAA and a .913 save percentage with the Stampede before heading to Waterloo where he helped lead the Hawks to the Clark Cup Finals.

His former teammate, Juho Olkinuora was named to the All-WCHA Second Team after going 9-3-5 with a 2.44 GAA and a .924 save percentage in WCHA games for the University of Denver. He is 12-4-5 overall with a 2.16 GAA and a .932 save percentage overall this season. Olkinuora played with Williams on during the 2010-11 season, going 14-13-0 with a 2.78 GAA and a .900 save percentage. The Pioneers also finished tied for fourth and host rival Colorado College in the first round this weekend.