For the second consecutive week, a Wisconsin mens goalie has been honored with the Big Tens Defensive Player of the Week award. Junior tri-captain Eric Hanson was recognized with the award this week, while freshman Jake Settle was last weeks winner.
In two road games last week, Hanson gathered 11 saves, with six coming against UW-Milwaukee and the other five against conference-opponent Penn State. In both games, Hanson shut out his opponents to lead the Badgers to 1-0 victories.
Hansons two shutouts last week give him four on the season, and ties him with Michigans Peter Dzubay for tops in the Big Ten. As a team, Wisconsin leads the conference with six shutout victories. Hanson is tied for second in the Big Ten with 44 saves.
Monday marks the second time in Hansons career that he was recognized as the conferences top defensive player. He shared the honor last season with John Swann of Indiana for the week of Sept. 2. Hanson was also named the defensive MVP of the Rocky Rococo Classic held earlier this season.
Hanson and the Badgers return to Madison on Friday to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.