Badger Sports Roundup, March 5

Bruckler earns national honor; men's track athletes qualify for NCAA meet, women's tennis falls

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Junior goaltender Bernd Bruckler has been named College Sports Television/Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month for February.

 

The Graz, Austria native led Wisconsin to a 5-0-1 record in February and gave up just seven goals in those contests and only two in the latter four games of February, compiling a .958 save percentage.

 

The All-America and Hobey Baker Award candidate leads WCHA goalies in league games and in all games with .927 and .924 save percentages, respectively. His goals-against average of 2.12 in conference games ranks first and 2.16 in all games ranks third.

 

His goals-against-average (2.16) and save percentage (.924) for the season rank first among UW's reputable NHL and All-American goaltending alumni. With a career save percentage of .916 and a goals-against average of 2.58, Bruckler currently sits second on Wisconsin's all-time lists. He also set the record for goaltenders with a 15-game unbeaten streak this season.

 

Medley relay qualifies for NCAA meet

 

The Wisconsin men's track and field team's distance medley relay ran an automatic qualifying mark at the Alex Wilson Invitational Friday.

 

The team of Josh Spiker (1200 meters), Jvontai Hanserd (400), Joe Detmer (800) and Chris Solinsky (1600) finished third in the race in 9:33.02, the third fastest ever run by a UW relay squad.

 

Minnesota won the event in 9:32.53 while Georgetown finished second in 9:32.65. The time moves the Badgers into seventh on the list of NCAA qualifiers this season.

 

The Alex Wilson Invitational, which is a last-chance qualifier for the NCAA meet, will conclude on Saturday at the University of Notre Dame's Loftus Center.

 

Women's tennis drops Big Ten opener

 

The No. 73 Wisconsin (6-7) dropped its Big Ten Conference opener in Evanston Friday evening. The seventh-ranked Wildcats (10-3) roared over the Badgers, 7-0.

 

The Badgers have the next week off to gear up for spring break competition at Miami (Fla.) and Florida International over the UW's recess, March 13-21.


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