Bruckler earns league honor

Goaltender lead Badgers to sweep of North Dakota

University of Wisconsin men's hockey senior goaltender Bernd Bruckler was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week Monday. Bruckler allowed just two goals in 120:00 of play while leading the Badgers to a two-game conference sweep over visiting North Dakota last weekend.

A 6-1, 195-pound senior from Graz, Austria, Bruckler finished the weekend with a shutout, 57 saves on 59 shots on goal for a .966 saves percentage, and five shutout periods as Wisconsin moved into a share of first place in the WCHA race and improved to 7-3-0 overall.

A first team All-American and All-WCHA honoree in 2003-04, Bruckler stopped 23 shots on goal and blanked the Fighting Sioux on all five of their power-play attempts in a 1-0 victory Friday at the Kohl Center to earn his sixth career shutout. It was the UW's first shutout over UND since 1982, a span of 94 games.

Then on Saturday, Bruckler came within 6:48 of recording back-to-back shutouts over North Dakota before finishing with a 5-2 victory. He stopped 34 of 36 shots on goal in that game, including a perfect 17-for-17 in the second period. He again led the UW to a perfect night on the penalty-kill, stopping all eight UND shots during its six chances with the man-advantage.

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