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Wisconsin hockey: Daryl Watts and Kristen Campbell win national awards

The No. 2 Badgers are already racking up awards.

NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 24 Div I Women’s Championship - Minnesota v Wisconsin Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The WCHA announced on Wednesday afternoon that Wisconsin Badgers goalie Kristen Campbell and forward Daryl Watts were the recipients of two national monthly awards. Campbell was named goalie of the month and Watts was named player of the month by the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association.

Per the press release:

Watts performed superbly on the ice for Wisconsin during the month of October, scoring in her first seven games as a Badger, which matched the school record for the longest goal streak to start a season. The Toronto, Ont., native led the NCAA during October in points with 28, assists with 19, and ranked second in the NCAA with nine goals.

The 2018 Patty Kazmaier award winner once again showed her tremendous skills as she had an impressive 13 power-play points to help Wisconsin lead the country in power play percentage (.487). Watts tallied a point in nine of the Badgers’ 10 games in October and led Wisconsin to a 10-0-0 start, marking only the third time in school history the Badgers have enjoyed a 10-0-0 start. The junior forward’s best game as a Badger came against Penn State when she enjoyed a five-point night (1g-4a).

Campbell started her senior season strong with a 9-0-0 record in net for Wisconsin. Her nine wins led the NCAA in October while her three shutouts also paced the country. Campbell posted a .944 save percentage, which led the WCHA and ranked No. 8 in the NCAA while her 0.87 GAA was the second-best mark in the country.

The Brandon, Man. native earned a pair of wins against No. 8/8 Ohio State, leading Wisconsin to a 10-0- 0 start, marking only the third time in school history the Badgers have started a season 10-0-0.

The national honor is Watts’ first as a Badger and the fifth of her career while Campbell’s honor is the first of her career. The duo of awards mark the first two honors for the WCHA in 2019-20.

The No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (10-1-1) have this weekend off and resume conference play on Saturday, November 16th against Minnesota State at LaBahn Arena.