Dec. 15, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – Following a series sweep at league foe St. Cloud State last weekend, junior forward Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) and freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) have earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week honors for the week of Dec. 15.
Ammerman’s WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award marks her first of the year and the sixth weekly honor of her career. Last weekend against SCSU, she led UW with six points on three goals and three assists, with three of her six points coming on the power play.
Ammerman recorded her second hat trick of the season with three goals and one assist in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Huskies. Her hat trick included two power-play goals and the game-winner. Ammerman’s assist also came on the power-play. The winger also picked up two assists in Friday’s 5-0 shutout victory. Ammerman set up Madison Packer’s goal at 10:02 of the first period to give UW the 2-0 lead and followed up with another helper just 2:34 later.
Meanwhile, Rigsby picks up her first WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award and her second weekly honor of the year after being named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for Dec. 1.
The freshman goaltender improved to 11-1-0 and made 22 saves to earn her third career shutout in Wisconsin’s 5-0 win over St. Cloud State last Friday. Rigsby stopped SCSU’s lone shot on the power play as the Badgers held SCSU to scoreless with the man advantage (0-for-1).
At 11-1-0 on the year, Rigsby’s .917 winning percentage tops the WCHA and is fourth in the nation. Rigsby ranks third in the WCHA with a 1.86 goals against average; she is also fifth in the league with a .919 save percentage.
Five Badgers have now earned six weekly conference awards this season. Ammerman is UW’s third player to pick up offensive laurels as fellow juniors Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) have also earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week awards this season.
Rigsby now has one defensive award and one rookie award, and freshman Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) also took home a freshman award.
In other WCHA awards this week, Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel received the WCHA Rookie of the Week award.
No. 2 Wisconsin (16-2-0, 12-2-0 WCHA) is idle until Jan. 1-2, 2011 when the Badgers travel to St. Cloud, Minn., for the Easton Holiday Showcase against No. 10 Northeastern (10-4-4, 3-3-3 Hockey East) and No. 4/5 Mercyhurst (13-3-0, 5-0-0 CHA). Both games are slated for noon (CT) at the National Hockey Center.