Feb. 16, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – Senior forward Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) has been named this week’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Badgers with six points in a sweep of No. 8 North Dakota last weekend.
The senior captain recorded five goals, including three power-play tallies and both game-winners, and one assist against the Fighting Sioux. On the weekend, Duggan registered 12 shots and finished with a +2 rating in the two games.
Duggan recorded her first hat trick of the season and second as a Badger in Friday’s 5-0 shutout win. Her three goals included the game-winner on the power-play at 6:58 of the first period. In Sunday’s 8-4 victory, Duggan added two more power-play goals, including the game-winner at 13:09 of the second period. She also assisted the Badgers’ final goal of the game at 7:13 of the third.
With her six-point weekend, Duggan is now one point from tying the UW program record for career points as her total currently stands at 217 career points. She is also one goal shy of becoming the second Badger all-time to reach 100 career goals.
Duggan is second in the nation with 66 points and 2.06 points per game. She is fourth in the country with 30 goals and ranks second with 36 assists. In special teams play, Duggan is second with 11 power-play goals, and her three short-handed goals is tied for third in the country. She leads the WCHA in points (66), assists (36), power-play points (22), power-play goals (11), short-handed goals (3) and plus/minus rating (+56).
This week’s award marks Duggan’s second conference weekly honor this season. She also was named the WCHA 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 Jan. 21-22.
In other WCHA weekly awards, Minnesota Duluth senior defenseman is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, and St. Cloud State’s Molli Mott earned this week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week award.
No. 1 Wisconsin (28-2-2, 22-2-2-2 WCHA) travels to Mankato, Minn., for its final regular season series this weekend. The Badgers face off against Minnesota State (8-21-3, 7-18-1-0 WCHA) Friday at 7 p.m. and conclude the series Saturday at 3 p.m.