Horras national player of the week

Junior goaltender wins USCHO.com defensive honor

University of Wisconsin women's hockey goaltender Meghan Horras was named the USCHO.com/ITECH national Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in a series split with Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

Horras and the Badgers held the Bulldogs' vaunted offense scoreless for the first 115 minutes and 49 seconds of the series, recording a shutout Friday afternoon. Duluth, though, scored two late third period goals and an overtime winner Saturday to top Wisconsin 3-2.

Horras finished with 54 saves in the two-game set.

Minnesota-Duluth ranks fourth in the nation with a 4.05 goals per game average while Horras is fifth in the nation with a 1.61 goals against average. The Bulldogs had not been shut out in three seasons prior to last weekend.

This was Horras' second national defensive player of the week award. The first also came in a home series against Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 17-18, 2004. Horras tallied 51 saves that weekend to help lead Wisconsin to a 1-1 tie and a 5-2 win.

The Badgers remain home this weekend to face WCHA foe North Dakota. The Badgers (10-5-1 WCHA, 16-5-1 overall) and Fighting Sioux (4-13-1, 7-14-3) face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening at the Kohl Center.

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