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Wisconsin women’s hockey: a pair of Badgers win weekly WCHA awards

Sophie Shirley was named WCHA Forward of the Week and Nicole LaMantia was Defenseman of the Week

UW Athletics Communications

The No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers split their season opening series with the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, but a couple of Badgers stood out in the eyes of the WCHA weekly award, uh, awarders.

In back-to-back nights, junior forward Sophie Shirley reached personal milestones, scoring career goal No. 50 on Saturday night and recording career point No. 100 the night before on an assist.

Shirley, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is Badger No. 27 to record 100 points and is No. 18 to reach the 50 goal marker in her career. Her two goals were tied for the most by a WCHA skater during the weekend.

Nicole LaMantia had a monster weekend on the blueline for UW. The Illinois native had one assist on Friday and then exploded for three assists in Wisconsin’s 5-0 blowout win on Saturday. Her four points and four assists paced the WCHA and NCAA, while her +4 plus/minus rating for the weekend also led the league.

No. 1 Wisconsin heads north for a Border Battle showdown with No. 3 Minnesota this weekend at Ridder Arena. Puck drop on Friday is at 6 p.m. while Saturday’s game begins at 4 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Big Ten Network+. In more normal times B5Q would be covering the game from Ridder Arena but, alas...