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Desbiens earns pair of weekly honors

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MADISON, Wis. – After moving up the NCAA record books last weekend in the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s sweep of St. Cloud State, junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens was recognized not only as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, but the American Sports Network Player of the Week, the organizations announced Tuesday.

Desbiens earned her 13th and 14th shutouts of the year last weekend as the Badgers earned a pair of 3-0 wins over the Huskies. She stopped 15 shots on Saturday, before stopping all 13 of SCSU’s shots on Sunday.

With Sunday’s shutout, the junior moved into third place in NCAA history for career shutouts with 31 blank slates, passing former UW netminder Alex Rigsby and former New Hampshire goaltender Melissa Bourdon. Only Minnesota's Noora Raty (43) and UW legend Jessie Vetter (39) have more career shutouts than Desbiens.

This season, Desbiens leads the nation with a .966 save percentage, a 0.62 goals-against average, 14 shutouts and 24 wins. Her 14 shutouts are tied for the most in program history.

Desbiens has now been honored by the WCHA five times this season as its defensive player of the week after earning four honors last year. She picked up her second career award from ASN after being named its player of the week on Nov. 3.

The No. 2 Badgers hit the road this weekend to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Faceoff on Friday is set for 6 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s contest starts at 3 p.m.

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