Earl nets WCHA honor

First weekly offensive acclaim for a UW men's hockey player in two seasons.

Sophomore forward Robbie Earl picked up a hat trick and an assist against Alaska Anchorage over the weekend, earning him Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week honors. The award is the first offensive award for the Badgers since Dany Heatley earned it in late February of 2001. The hat trick was the second of Earl's career; he earned the first against North Dakota Feb. 6.

Earl scored the Badgers' first three goals in the 4-1 win over UAA Friday night in Anchorage, scoring all three of his goals in the second stanza. He was the first Badger to do so since John Byce scored three in a period against Michigan Tech Nov. 5, 1988.

Earl finished the weekend with an assist Saturday afternoon, eight shots and a +3 rating in addition to the hat trick. He leads the team in scoring with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 12 games.

Uliasz earns WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors

Wisconsin women's hockey senior defenseman Nicole Uliasz earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance against the University of North Dakota over the weekend.

Uliasz put up one of the Badgers' 12 goals against the Fighting Sioux and, on defense, helped hold them to just 11 shots on goal Sunday. As a member of the penalty kill team, she and her teammates killed off all five power play opportunities Saturday and gave up just one power play goal out of five chances on Sunday.

Carlini earns volleyball award

Sophomore outside hitter Maria Carlini earned her first Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week award hitting a career-high 19 kills, seven of which came in game four, against Michigan State Saturday. She also had 11 digs Saturday and racked up 13 kills and 11 digs Friday against Michigan, giving her two double-doubles in two days. She hit a match-high .550 against the Wolverines.

Carlini averaged 4.57 kills and 3.14 digs per game over the weekend, hitting .391

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