Feb. 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin women’s hockey goaltender Alex Rigsby has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
Rigsby, the Delafield, Wis. native, only conceded one goal and made 44 saves in Badgers sweep of Bemidj State Feb. 22-23 to help the Badgers finish the regular season with six-consecutive wins.
The junior goaltender recorded 15 saves in Friday’s 2-0 win, posting her sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of her career.
Rigsby followed up her performance from the first night with 29 saves, including eight on the penalty kill. She helped the Badgers go perfect on the PK over the weekend, killing off all seven of Bemidji State’s power-play chances.
Additionally, Rigsby leads the nation in percentage of time played with 99.2 percent, her 1.53 goals-against average ranks sixth and her 785 saves ranks seventh. She is third among the nation’s netminders with a .941 save percentage.
This is the fourth weekly honor for Rigsby this season, having been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, then again on Dec. 12.
The Badgers improved to a 21-9-2 record (17-9-2-2 WCHA), tied for second place in the WCHA with North Dakota. Wisconsin owns the tie-breaker, and receives the second seed for the conference playoffs.
The women’s hockey team hosts St. Cloud State in a best-of-three series for the first round of WCHA playoffs this weekend, March 1-3. Friday’s and Saturday’s games will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will start at 4 p.m., if necessary.