June 11, 2013
As part of its year-end look back, UW Athletics profiles 10 candidates this week leading up to the announcement of the 2012-13 Athlete of the Year awards this Friday. Today, we profile Athlete of the Year candidate Michael Mersch of the men's hockey team
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Michael Mersch paced the Wisconsin men's hockey squad with 23 goals and 36 points this season as the Badgers finished their 50th season of the modern era by capturing the Broadmoor Trophy for their 14th WCHA playoff title and 24th NCAA tournament appearance.
Mersch ranked 11th nationally in goals per game and second in the WCHA for goals scored as the forward became the fifth Badger under head coach Mike Eaves to collected more than 20 goals in a season. He was instrumental to the Badger's success this season, as Mersch was responsible for 20.5 percent (23-for-112) of UW's goals.
During the 2012-13 campaign, Mersch, a native of Park Ridge, Ill., led Wisconsin with five multi-goal games, and was second on the squad with nine multi-point contests. He also paced UW with six power-play goals and collected four game-winning goals.
He was named Red Baron WCHA Men's Offensive Player of the Week on March 5 after tallying six points, including three goals, to lead Wisconsin to a 4-3 and 6-2 road sweep over No. 13/15 Nebraska Omaha.
A WCHA All-Academic Team member, Mersch was voted the Spike Carlson Most Valuable Player by his teammates.