Feb. 2, 2011
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. – Freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for Feb. 2 after making 50 saves in the Badgers’ undefeated weekend against then-No. 4 Minnesota last weekend.
Rigsby made 23 saves in Friday’s 2-2 overtime tie before stopping one Minnesota attempt to help give UW the 3-1 shootout win. She then made 27 saves en route to her 17th win of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. With the 1-0-1-1 weekend, Rigsby is now unbeaten in her last 11 games.
Rigsby’s .900 winning percentage leads the WCHA and ranks fourth in the nation. She is the league’s top freshman goaltender with a 1.95 goals against average and ranks fifth among the nation’s freshmen goaltenders (overall, fourth in the WCHA and 16th in the country).
Rigsby also leads WCHA rookie goaltenders with a .917 saves percentage and is fifth among the nation’s freshmen netminders (overall, sixth in the WCHA and 27th in the nation).
This week’s award marks the Delafield, Wis., native’s third WCHA weekly honor of the season. Rigsby was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week on Dec. 1 after posting the two highest single-game save totals of her career to backstop Wisconsin to a series split with then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 26-28).
She also picked up WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Dec. 15 after making 22 saves to earn her third career shutout in Wisconsin’s 5-0 win over St. Cloud State (Dec. 10).
In other WCHA awards this week, Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner is the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, and Minnesota Duluth defenseman Laura Fridfinnson is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
No. 1 Wisconsin (24-2-2, 18-2-2-2 WCHA) hits the road for a series at Bemidji State (12-11-3, 10-9-3-2 WCHA) this weekend. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bemidji Regional Events Center.