Bruckler earns player of the week

Wisconsin netminder had 68 saves in two games versus Colorado College

Bernd Bruckler, a senior netminder on the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week Monday, after recording 68 saves in a weekend series versus Colorado College.

Bruckler was instrumental in the Badgers' 5-1 win Friday and was exceptional again Saturday, despite coming up on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

Bruckler made 39 saves Friday, including 17 in the first period. He held the Tigers scoreless until Brett Sterling's power play goal with just two minutes, 38 seconds left on the clock.

"We know when Bernd is playing at the top of his game, it is tough getting the puck behind him and it gives us confidence," UW defenseman Tom Gilbert said after Friday's game.

Bruckler has often provided the Badgers with comfort and confidence in his time at UW. Monday's award was his third Defensive Player of the Week honor this season and the ninth of his career. He also won a rookie of the week award three seasons ago.

Saturday, in his last game at the Kohl Center, Bruckler turned away 29 shots, allowing one even strength goal and one power play goal.

Bruckler, a native of Graz, Austria, is 16-8-1 this season with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound goalie ranks first in UW history with a 2.45 career GAA and is second all-time with a .917 save percentage. Bruckler recorded his 50th career win Friday, tied for sixth in the UW annals.

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