Jan. 19, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – After leading the Badgers with eight points in Wisconsin’s series sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend, junior forward Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for Jan. 19.
One week after becoming Wisconsin’s all-time leading goal scorer with 91 career tallies, Knight posted an eight-point weekend with five goals and three assists. She recorded five points on three goals and two assists in Friday’s 10-0 victory over the winless Huskies before adding two more goals and one assist for three points in Sunday’s 6-0 win.
On the weekend, Knight’s five goals included two power-play goals, three unassisted efforts and one game-winner (Friday). She recorded 13 shots, including 10 in Sunday’s game and finished the series plus-six in the two games.
With five goals over the weekend, Knight now leads the nation with 1.29 goals per game. She ranks second nationally with 51 total points (31 goals, 20 assists) and is third in the country with 2.12 points per game. Over her 104 career games at Wisconsin, Knight has produced 172 points with 96 goals and 76 assists.
This week’s award marks Knight’s third WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor this season. She first received the award Oct. 6 after leading Wisconsin with six points in its season-opening series sweep over Rensselaer Polytechnic. Knight also earned the award Jan. 5 after recording eight points in a pair of wins over then-No. 10 Northeastern (W, 7-2) and then-No. 4 Mercyhurst (W, 7-4).
In other WCHA weekly awards, North Dakota’s Monique Lamoureux-Kolls was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, and Ohio State’s Lisa Steffes earned this week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week award.
The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team (22-2-0, 16-2-0 WCHA) heads north for a series at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth (12-6-2, 10-6-2 WCHA) this weekend. The puck drops at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights, and the series marks the Bulldog women's first in the new AMSOIL Arena.