Badger Sports Roundup

Bruckler nets WCHA honors; Van Sicklen all-region; poll roundup

Wisconsin senior goaltender Bernd Bruckler collected 46 saves on 50 shots in the Badgers' two-game sweep of Minnesota Duluth over the weekend, earning him his second Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week honor this season.

Bruckler stopped 12 power-play shots against a strong power-play team and had three shutout periods against the Bulldogs. Bruckler owns a six-game winning streak in net, giving up an average of 1.37 goals per game and posting a .945 save percentage in that span. He currently holds the lowest career goals-against average in Wisconsin history at 2.49, besting long-time NHL netminder Curtis Joseph by 0.0008.

Nick Van Sicklen picks up postseason honors

Wisconsin men's soccer senior forward Nick Van Sicklen was named to the 2004 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team for his performance with the Badgers this year.

In his senior campaign, Van Sicklen notched a hat trick in Wisconsin's 4-3 win over then-No. 9 Penn State Oct. 10, earning College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his feat. He finished his career No. 4 on Wisconsin's all-time list with 76 career points. He finished his season first in the conference with 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists, averaging 1.63 points per game.

In the polls…

The Wisconsin volleyball team cracked the polls after sitting just outside of the Top 25 most of the season. In the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, Wisconsin (23-9) is ranked No. 22. The Badgers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament with a pair of opening round wins in Madison this weekend. They play undefeated Hawaii (30-0) in Green Bay Friday.

The Wisconsin men's hockey team fell in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll, slipping from No. 2 to No. 3 despite sweeping UMD over the weekend. In the U.S. College Hockey Online poll, the Badgers (12-4 overall) moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 and sit behind only WCHA foe Minnesota. Wisconsin claimed 8 of 40 first-place votes in that poll.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team (11-4-1 overall) remained at No. 4 in the USCHO poll after falling to No. 1 Minnesota 2-0 Saturday and tying them 3-3 Sunday.

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