Nov. 27, 2013
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. – After shutting down the high-flying North Dakota offense last weekend, Wisconsin women’s hockey goaltender Alex Rigsby was named the Defensive Player of the Week by the WCHA, the league announced on Wednesday.
Rigsby, a second team All-American honoree last year, saved 54 of the 55 shots she faced from the North Dakota offense that came into the series ranked third in the nation in scoring. Rigsby also earned her 91st win this weekend, which ties her with Wisconsin legend Jessie Vetter for the most in program history. She earned her 26th shutout on Friday which ranks second in program history only behind Vetter.
In Friday’s 0-0 tie, Rigsby saved all 34 shots she encountered during the 65 minutes of hockey to send the game into a shootout, where she proceeded to save all three shots she faced before junior Blayre Turnbull scored the shootout winner for Wisconsin in the third round.
In Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over UND, Rigsby made 20 saves as Wisconsin extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games, which is tied for the nation’s longest unbeaten streak. The only goal she allowed on Saturday was on a North Dakota power play that ended a stretch of 167 minutes and 14 seconds of shutout hockey by the senior netminder.
Rigsby now leads the country in save percentage (.959) and goals against average (1.00), while her shutouts (3) and winning percentage (.773) rank in the nation’s top-10. This marks the 10th time Rigsby has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week during her career.
The Badgers wrap up their six-game roadswing this weekend at Minnesota Duluth. Friday and Saturday’s tilts are slated for 6 p.m. starts at AMSOIL Arena.