Oct. 6, 2010
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. – After leading Wisconsin with six points on four goals and two assists in its season-opening series against Rensselaer Polytechnic last weekend, junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 6.
Knight had a five-point performance in Saturday’s 6-0 win over RPI, tallying a natural hat trick to start the game before finishing the evening with two assists. She picked up her first goal of the season on Friday night, scoring the Badgers’ second goal of the game just 3:44 into the season to put UW up 2-0.
On Saturday night, the Sun Valley, Idaho, native scored just 33 seconds into the game, netting the eventual game-winning goal. Knight notched her second goal of the night at the 7:48 mark of the first period and completed the natural hat trick at the 13:08 mark of the second period. The three-goal effort marked Knight’s second natural hat trick as a Badger and her third career hat trick at UW.
Knight had a plus-five rating in the two games. Her nine shots are a team best, along with her .444 shot percentage. The WCHA preseason player of the year, Knight currently leads the nation with 2.00 goals per game and is tied for third in the country with 3.00 points per game.
Knight’s award marks the Badgers’ first player of the week honor of the season and is the third WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor of Knight’s career after she received the distinction twice in 2008-09. Knight also earned WCHA Rookie of the Week accolades twice during the 2007-08 season.
In other WCHA weekly awards this week, Bemidji State junior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, and Minnesota freshman forward Amanda Kessel is the league’s rookie of the week.
The Badgers begin WCHA play this weekend, hosting Bemidji State in a Friday/Sunday series. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, and the teams conclude the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.