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Wisconsin hockey: end of season awards and rankings

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A pair of Badgers were named All-Americans on Tuesday morning.

Two Wisconsin Badgers were named to the women’s hockey All-American teams on Tuesday morning. Senior forward, and finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, Abby Roque was named to the first team and junior forward, and former Patty Kazmaier Award winner, Daryl Watts was named to the second team.

Roque, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., made an All-American team for the first time in her career.

Per the WCHA press release:

A top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the WCHA Offensive and overall Player of the Year, Abby Roque registered 56 points on 26 goals and 32 assists for the Badgers this season. The totals were good for seventh nationally in scoring and fourth in the WCHA. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native led the NCAA in faceoff wins with 523 and finished second in faceoff win percentage at .656 (523-of-797). She headlined a Badgers offense that led the country in goals (160), assists (264), points (424), goals per game (4.57) and power-play percentage (.359). Roque led the WCHA in power play goals with nine and tallied five game-winning goals for the Badgers. She was named the WCHA Forward of the Week twice this season as well as the WCHA Forward of the Month in December.

Roque’s teammate and sometimes linemate, Watts, a native of Toronto, made an All-American team for the second time in her career (first team in 2017-18).

From the same WCHA press release:

In her first season with the Badgers, Daryl Watts led the nation in scoring with 74 points on 25 goals and an NCAA-best 49 assists. Here assists per game (1.36) and points per game (2.06) also led the country. She was the only player in the NCAA to average more than two points per game this season. Her PPG average ties for 20th all-time on the WCHA single-season list and she is just the 26th player in league history to average two or more points per game for a full season. The Toronto, Ont., native also led the WCHA in power play assists (19) and power play points (22) this season. In addition to winning the WCHA Scoring Championship with 49 points on 14 goals and a WCHA-best 35 assists in 24 league contests, she also earned first-team All-WCHA honors this season. Watts was a four-time WCHA Forward of the Week honoree and earned Forward of the Month honors in October and February.

Two other WCHA players were named All-Americans: Ohio State’s Emma Maltais, a forward from Burlingtn, Ont., made the second team while her teammate defenseman Jincy Dunne of O’Fallon, Mo. made the first team.

“Congratulations to our four All-Americans,” WCHA Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. “Abby, Jincy, Emma and Daryl all had outstanding seasons for the Badgers and Buckeyes and are truly deserving of this honor. These four young women epitomize what is great about the about WCHA and we are proud to celebrate them.”

The final rankings were released this week too and the Badgers, predictably, didn’t move from their No. 2 spot since, well, no other games had been played since the last rankings were released.

Lastly, if you are looking for something fun to watch on Tuesday evening, there will be a replay of last season’s national championship game against Minnesota at 5 p.m. CT. I hope Wisconsin wins!