Four Badgers earn WCHA honors

Bruckler named first-team netminder; Earl and Suter make all-rookie squad

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Junior goalie Bernd Bruckler did not earn Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year but he did make the All-WCHA First Team, one of four Badgers to pick up conference honors Thursday. Bruckler had a 2.11 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in WCHA games, tops in the conference. Bruckler is the first Badger goalie to earn first-team honors since Duane Derksen in 1991-92. 


Freshman defenseman Ryan Suter made the WCHA's third team and its All-Rookie team for his three goals and 16 assists throughout the season; all three goals and 13 of his assists came in WCHA play. Freshman forward Robbie Earl, who also made the All-Rookie team, had 14 goals and 12 assists this season, including a team-high six power-play goals. He had a hat trick against North Dakota to give Wisconsin come-from-behind win. 


Sophomore forward Nick Licari made the all-conference academic team, which he received for earning a grade-point average of at least a 3.0 for the previous two semesters or throughout his career and for playing in at least half of the Badgers' games in the 2003-04 season.

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