Feb. 1, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin women’s hockey goaltender Alex Rigsby was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, the conference announced on Wednesday. The sophomore posted her sixth shutout of the season and yielded just one-even strength goal while helping the No. 1-ranked Badgers to a pair of league victories over visiting Bemidji State.
Rigsby stopped 64 of 66 shots in the series for a .970 saves percentage in Wisconsin’s weekend sweep. In the first game, Jan. 27, Rigsby stopped 36 shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime triumph.
On Saturday, Rigsby stopped all 28 shots she faced in a 1-0 Wisconsin victory over the Beavers at the Kohl Center that drew a NCAA women's college hockey record crowd of 12,402. The shutout was her sixth of the season, tying her for the nation's lead.
So far this season, Rigsby owns a 24-2-2 record between the pipes, with a 1.49 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage over 1651:06 of action. She leads the nation in victories, is second in goals-against average and first in save percentage.
This is the third weekly honor for Rigsby and the seventh for Wisconsin this season. Rigsby was named Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after a weekend split with the Gophers and on Oct. 25 after a sweep of then No. 5/6 Minnesota Duluth.
Wisconsin plays host to Minnesota State this weekend with game times set for 2 p.m. on both Friday and Sunday at the Kohl Center.