Jan. 5, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – Following a pair of victories over No. 4 Mercyhurst and No. 10 Northeastern in the Easton Holiday Showcase last weekend, junior forward Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), senior defenseman Anne Dronen (Chaska, Minn.) and freshman forward Madison Packer (Birmingham, Mich.) have earned all three Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week awards for the week of Jan. 5.
Knight was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after leading UW with eight points on four goals and four assists to lead the Badgers last weekend. Against Northeastern, Knight scored Wisconsin’s first goal of the game and assisted UW’s second tally just 44 seconds into the second period. She then broke open a 4-2 game with a power play goal at 8:52 of the third period and assisted Wisconsin’s final score of the night.
Against No. 4 Mercyhurst, Knight scored the game-tying goal with 31 seconds remaining in the first period after the Lakers took an early 1-0 lead. The winger’s fourth goal of the weekend gave Wisconsin the 4-3 lead at 10:49 of the third period. Knight picked up two assists in the game, including one on Brianna Decker’s goal with 18:27 to help seal the 7-4 win.
Knight led the Badgers with 22 shots on goal in the two games. She extended her current point streak to four games and was plus-six on the weekend. With her eight-point weekend, Knight moved into second all-time in Badger history with 88 career goals; she is one goal shy of tying the program record. She also moved into the top 10 in career assists, ranking 10th with 71. Knight also climbed to 5th all-time with 159 career points.
Dronen received her first career WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award this week after posting a career-high three points last weekend. Against Northeastern, Dronen gave Wisconsin a 2-0 lead with her first goal of the season just 44 seconds into the second period. She then assisted the game-winning goal 4:50 later, setting up Brianna Decker’s tally at 5:34 of the period. Dronen capped her three-point weekend late in Sunday’s game against Mercyhurst, helping seal the 7-4 victory with an assist at 18:27 of the third period.
In addition to her offensive output, Dronen led the Badgers with a plus-seven rating on the weekend, including a plus-six mark against Northeastern. She recorded five shots and has tied her career-best with a two-game point streak. Dronen is tied for eighth in the league for scoring among defensemen with eight points.
Packer rounded out the league honors this week, earning her first career WCHA Rookie of the Week award. The freshman forward extended her current point streak to five games with three points on one goal and two assists last weekend. Packer’s two-point effort in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Huskies marked her second career multi-point game. The Birmingham, Mich., native gave Wisconsin a 4-0 lead with 10:07 remaining in the second period and then assisted Breann Frykas’s tally with 9:17 remaining in the game to help seal with 7-2 victory.
In Sunday’s 7-4 win over Mercyhurst, Packer picked up her fifth assist of the season when she helped set up the game-winning goal with 11:21 remaining in the third period to give Wisconsin the 5-3 lead. Packer finished the weekend with a plus-two rating and tallied eight shots. She now has eight points on three goals and five assists in 17 games this season.
No. 1 Wisconsin (18-2-0, 12-2-0 WCHA) travels to Columbus, Ohio, for its second series of the season against No. 10 Ohio State (10-8-2, 4-8-2 WCHA) this weekend. Friday's game begins at 6 p.m. (CT), and the teams conclude the series at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Both games will take place at the OSU Ice Rink.