The No. 17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) had an awesome weekend. They swept defending national champion No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (1-3-0), winning 6-2 on Friday night and 3-1 on Saturday night. The Badgers are now ranked No. 6 in the country, moving up a whopping 11 spots in the most recent USCHO.com poll.
The Badgers up 1⃣1⃣ spots this week.— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) October 21, 2019
Biggest ⬆ in the 22-year history of the @USCHO Poll pic.twitter.com/qroNHVR4kt
While the Badgers offense was clicking, averaging 4.5 goals per game on the weekend, the biggest reason for the sweep was who was between the pipes in cardinal and white.
Daniel Lebedeff, a sophomore from Helsinki, Finland, earned the first star of the week in the B1G. Over the weekend he had a .950 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average against Minnesota Duluth.
The ⚒ is #1. @DanielLebedeff pic.twitter.com/pniUJO6bL0— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) October 22, 2019
He recorded 26 saves in the 6-2 win against the Bulldogs on Friday and stopped a season-high 31 shots in a 3-1 victory on Saturday. This was Lebedeff’s first weekly award of his career and the second for Wisconsin on the young season. Freshman goal scoring sensation Cole Caufield was second star last week.
Sophomore forward Sammy Walker (Minnestoa) was named second star after scoring twice in a weekend sweep over Niagara and junior forward Jack Becker (Michigan) was awarded the third star by scoring three times in the Wolverines’ weekend sweep over Lake Superior State.
The Badgers have another big home series coming up this weekend, facing off against No. 13 Clarkson on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games are on BTN+ and the Friday game is on Fox Sports Wisconsin.