Jan. 26, 2011
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. – Senior forward Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) has been named this week’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week after recording four points to lead Wisconsin to a win and a tie on the road at then-No. 6 Minnesota Duluth last weekend.
The senior captain tallied two goals and two assists against the defending national champion Bulldogs as the Badgers picked up five points in the WCHA standings with a 4-1 win Friday and a 2-1 shootout win Saturday after the teams remained tied 4-4 after overtime.
Duggan led all players with three points in Friday’s 4-1 win, netting UW’s first goal of the game (and first women’s college hockey goal at AMSOIL Arena) when she capitalized off a UMD turnover at the blue line in the first period. Duggan then assisted a power-play tally to give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead in the second period and sealed the victory with an empty-net goal in the final two minutes. In Saturday’s 4-4 tie, Duggan assisted Wisconsin’s second goal of the game.
With her four-point weekend, Duggan extended her current point streak to 22 games, the longest individual point streak in UW women’s hockey history. Her three-point game on Friday bested the previous mark of 20 games set by Meghan Hunter from Oct. 14, 2000 to Jan. 12, 2001. Duggan has at least one point in each game since Oct. 22, including 17 multi-point games.
Duggan is tied for second in the nation with 54 points while averaging 2.08 points per game. She is fourth in the country with 23 goals and ranks second with 31 assists. In special teams play, Duggan is tied for second with seven power-play goals, and her two short-handed goals is good for third in the country.
This week’s award marks Duggan’s first WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor this season. She last received the award Dec. 2, 2008 after posting a four-point weekend against Minnesota State. Duggan was a five-time WCHA Rookie of the Week during her freshman campaign in 2006-07.
In other WCHA weekly awards, North Dakota junior goaltender Stephanie Ney was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, and Minnesota’s Sarah Davis earned this week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week award.
The No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team (23-2-1, 17-2-1-1 WCHA) returns to the Kohl Center to host No. 4 Minnesota (18-6-1, 13-6-1-1 WCHA) this weekend. The puck drops at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday marks the Badgers' Fill the Bowl game.
UW Athletic Communications