Nov. 4, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's Becca Ruegsegger, a freshman goaltender from Lakewood, Colo., helped the Badgers to a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep over No. 2-ranked Minnesota over the Halloween weekend, holding the Gophers to just four goals. For her efforts, Ruegsegger was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 4-10, 2009.
The back-to-back wins enabled Ruegsegger to claim her first series sweep as a collegiate player, as she posted four shutout periods and tallied a total of 64 saves over the weekend, including a career-high 38 saves last Sunday (Nov. 1).
In Wisconsin's 4-2 win over visiting Minnesota last Friday (Oct. 30) afternoon, Ruegsegger stopped 26 of 28 shots on goal and blanked the Gophers on all three of their power-play chances.
Ruegsegger's performance in the nets last Sunday, which resulted in a 5-2 Wisconsin victory, was highlighted when she stopped 13 Minnesota power-play shots in the third period, including an intense 1:43 during a 5-on-3 situation.
On the season, Ruegsegger ranks second among WCHA players overall in goals-against average (2.01) and fourth in both saves percentage (.924) and winning percentage (4-2-0, .667).
Also nominated this week were: Zuzana Tomcikova, G, BSU; Jennifer Harss, G, UMD; Paige Thunder, G, MSU; Kelly Lewis, D, UND; and Kelly Wild, D, OSU.