Dec. 15, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - Senior Hilary Knight was honored by the WCHA on Wednesday after scoring a hat trick in a six-point weekend to give the Badgers the sweep over No. 7 Bemidji State. Knight lead Wisconsin to 3-1 and 6-1 wins over the Beavers en route to her first WCHA Women's Offensive Player of the Week this season.
A senior from Sun Valley, Idaho, Knight's six points moved her into the top spot as the Wisconsin program's all-time leading scorer with 239 career points, surpassing the 238 total set by Meghan Duggan a season ago. She had one goal and one assist in last Friday's 3-1 UW victory at the Sanford Center, scoring the eventual game-winner on a power-play at 18:54 of the second period. Knight then came back last Saturday to notch a hat trick, including a shorthanded tally, and contribute another assist for four points as the Badgers completed the sweep of the Beavers with a 6-1 triumph. Knight also fired 18 shots on goal in the series, including 12 in the series opener, and earned a +5 plus/minus rating as Wisconsin extended it's winning streak to a nation's best 14 games.
Through 20 games played this season, Knight is tied for fifth in scoring overall among WCHA players with 37 points on 23 goals and 14 assists. Her 239 career points also cracked the top five for career points in NCAA Div. 1 women's hockey.
Knight will join four current and five former Badgers at the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp during this year's midseason break before returning to conference action on Jan. 6, 2012.