Dec. 4, 2013
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. -- Following a successful series at Minnesota Duluth, senior Madison Packer and freshman goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens have earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week honors, the league announced Wednesday.
Packer earns her first career WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor after being named WCHA Newcomer of the Week twice during her freshman campaign, while Desbiens earns her first WCHA Newcomer of the Week award.
Packer had a part in all three of Wisconsin’s goals this past weekend as the No. 2 Badgers took four points on the road against Minnesota Duluth. In Friday’s 2-2 tie, Packer tallied an assist on UW’s first goal, firing a shot that UMD goalie Kayla Black initially saved before sophomore Courtney Burke tapped in the rebound to tie the game at 1-1. Packer then found the net for the fifth time this year in the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
In Saturday’s 1-0 win, Packer found junior Karley Sylvester on a rush and Sylvester fired a shot into the top right corner to score the game’s only goal. Packer also earned +3 plus/minus series rating and had six shots on goal.
With her 91 career points, Packer ranks 20th on the UW all-time list, and only needs nine more points to become the 18th player in school history to score 100 points.
Desbiens came off the bench last Saturday in UW’s 1-0 win at UMD and helped the Badgers earn their fifth shutout of the year and extend their unbeaten streak to a nation’s best 12 games. She earned 13 saves in relief of senior Alex Rigsby, who left the game with an injury midway through the second period. Desbiens made several critical saves down the stretch, including 10 in the third period and two key stops after UMD pulled its goaltender with less than two minutes to go.
Over four games and 207:07 minutes played as a rookie this season, Desbiens owns a 4-0-0 record, a 0.87 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.
No. 2 Wisconsin concludes the 2013 calendar year this weekend at home against Bemidji State. The Badgers and Beavers battle on Friday in a 2 p.m. tilt before wrapping their series up on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest.