Badgers Vetter Named Defensive Player of the Week

After allowing just three goals during a weekend sweep of Ohio State last weekend, University of Wisconsin junior goalie Jessie Vetter has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

A native of Cottage Grove, Wis., Vetter stopped 25 of the 27 shots she faced during a 3-2 victory over OSU last Friday, then made 20 saves to help UW complete its third straight WCHA series sweep with a 4-1 triumph on Saturday.

On the season, Vetter sports a 15-6-1 record between the pipes for the UW and ranks second in the WCHA overall in goals-against average at 1.32 and fourth in save percentage at .923 over 1319:04 of action.

Vetter and the Badgers have won six straight games and are now just one point behind Minnesota for second place in the WCHA.

The award is the second of Vetter’s career as she was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, 2006. A 2007 first-team All-American, Vetter is the second Badger to be named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week this season, joining junior defenseman Alycia Matthews.

Wisconsin returns to the ice Jan. 25-26 to play host to St. Cloud State at the Kohl Center. Faceoff is slated for 2:07 p.m. on Friday and 1:07 p.m. on Saturday.

The Badgers will ‘Fill the Bowl’ on Saturday, when Becker Law Office, Packerland Securities and Badger Mortgage will combine to donate $1 per fan in attendance to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

(Wisconsin Athletic Communications)

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