Bruckler, Earl earn WCHA honors
Bruckler earned Defensive Player of the Week along with St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Tim Boron. Bruckler was a key factor in UW's sweep of University of North Dakota this weekend, stopping 66 of 71 shots on goal throughout the weekend for a .930 save percentage.
Earl was named WCHA Men's Rookie of the Week for his performance against UND—he had four goals for the weekend. Friday night, Earl had his first collegiate hat trick, bringing UW out of a 3-0 deficit en route to a 4-3 win. He also had a game-winning goal Saturday.
Two Badgers grab WCHA women's accolades
The women's hockey team also earned two WCHA Player of the Week honors after it swept Minnesota State over the weekend.
Junior defender Carla MacLeod earned Defensive Player of the Week for earning two points on a shorthanded, game-winning goal and an assist on a power play.
Freshman forward Sara Bauer was named Rookie of the Week after notching a goal and three assists and finishing the weekend with a +4 rating.
Women's crew coach steps down
Maren LaLiberty, the women's openweight and lightweight crew coach, stepped down effective immediately. She cited personal reasons for her departure.
"I'm stepping down from my positions for personal reasons," LaLiberty said in a statement. "Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult decisions, and this is one of those times. I do love coaching young people, but at this time I needed to step away from those duties at Wisconsin."
At Wisconsin, LaLiberty served as the coach for both the lightweight and openweight, although she was just the lightweight coach from 2000-'02. She also served as the novice lightweight coach from 1998-'99 and volunteered as the novice openweight coach in 1997.
During her seasons at Wisconsin, the Badgers' lightweight team was the nation's top team and finished third in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Wisconsin also took second at the 2002 IRA Regatta. In 2003, the team took third at the same national meet.
The Wisconsin Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will search for a new interim coach to fill in as soon as possible, according to a statement from the University.