Feb. 11, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – A very productive weekend for Wisconsin and Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) got even better on Tuesday, as the Big Ten named the senior goaltender its First Star of the Week for his efforts in a sweep of Minnesota.
In the two game series, Rumpel faced 61 shots and turned aside 59 of them (.967 save percentage) to help Wisconsin to a pair of 2-1 victories over the then-No. 1 Gophers. He made 31 saves in the Thursday night contest before following it up with 28 on Friday to secure the sweep.
The performance pushed Rumpel to the top of the Big Ten in a trio of categories, as he now leads the conference in win percentage (.794), goals-against average (1.90) and save percentage (.933). Those numbers are all in the top-five nationally, ranking third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
It is the second time this season the Rumpel has earned the First Star of the Week, as he also earned recognition on Nov. 19 for his play against Miami. Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.), Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) have also earned the First Star of the Week this season for UW.
Rumpel will look to keep his hot streak alive when he leads the Badgers into a weekend series at Ohio State. Friday's game is set for 6 p.m. (CT), while opening faceoff on Saturday is at 7 p.m. (CT) and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff captured the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week, while Michigan State forward Greg Wolfe was the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week.