Brückler earns consecutive WCHA honors

Wisconsin goaltender named conference Defensive Player of the Week for second straight week; men's hockey, basketball rise in polls

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Badger junior netminder Bernd Brückler was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week Monday.

Brückler led Wisconsin to a series sweep of Minnesota State Friday and Saturday, helping to extend the Badgers nation-leading unbeaten streak to a school record-tying 14-straight games.

Brückler made 55 of 58 saves over the course of the two games, as Wisconsin prevailed 4-1 and 3-2. With Brückler backstopping the defense, the Badgers did not yield a power play goal all weekend despite playing a man down 14 times.

Brückler is now 9-3-4 in net this season while carrying a 2.31 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

Men's hockey cracks top five for first time in three years

Wisconsin (11-3-4 overall, 6-2-4 WCHA) jumped three places to No. 4 in both the Division I Poll and the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll, each released Monday. North Dakota continues to hold the top spot in each poll.

Wisconsin is currently in second place in the WCHA, just two points behind St. Cloud State, while North Dakota is tied for third with Minnesota-Duluth with 14 points. The Badgers, though, have played two less conference games than the Huskies, while the Fighting Sioux have played six fewer than St. Cloud State.

The last time Wisconsin was ranked in the top five was Oct. 30, 2000.

Men's basketball up one

Wisconsin's wins over in-state opponents UW-Green Bay (73-57) and UW-Milwaukee (89-71) helped the team move up one spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll to No. 17 and one spot in the Associated Press Poll to No. 22.

The Badgers next host Marquette Dec. 20. The Golden Eagles are currently No. 23 in each poll.

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