MADISON, Wis. -- 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 season, began her senior campaign with over 100 consecutive minutes of scoreless hockey against visiting WCHA-rival Minnesota State last weekend, making 25 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory in the opening game last Friday. In Saturday’s series finale against the Mavericks, she registered 28 stops, including 15 in the final period as the Badgers earned a 5-1 triumph. In all, she saved 53 of 54 shots for a series save percentage of .981, which is the nation’s best mark among goalies with at least two starts this year.
A senior from Delafield, Wis., Rigsby has now amassed 85 career victories in net for the Badgers and needs seven wins to pass Jessie Vetter for the top spot in school history. Her shutout against the Mavericks last Friday was the 24th of her career. This marks the ninth time Rigsby has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week during her career.
The Badgers hit the road for the first time this season, facing Border Battle rival Minnesota on Friday and Saturday at Ridder Arena.