Freshman goaltender Richard Bachman was named rookie of the week by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Bachman saved 58 of 61 shots in the sweep of Minnesota-Duluth and picked up his first career shutout in Saturday's 3-0 win. Bachman ranks first among WCHA goalies overall in both winning percentage (5-1-0, .833) and saves percentage (.950), and is second with a 1.49 goals-against average. Bachman has already received defensive player of the week from the WCHA this season (Oct. 23).
Wisconsin goaltender Shane Connelly earned defensive player of the week honors for last weekend's performance in a split against North Dakota, in which he saved 74 of 77 shots.
Bachman vs. Connelly could be one of the better goaltending showdowns of the season.
For those who were curious, the WCHA did not hand down any additional penalties in the wake of Saturday's melee between North Dakota and Wisconsin, The Capital Times' Todd Milewski reports. No game disqualifications were given, meaning the Badgers will be at full-strength this weekend.