Wisconsin Badgers Still No. 1 in NCAA Division I Women's Hockey

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

Former Olympian Hilary Knight, Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer
Former Olympian Hilary Knight, Wisconsin's all-time leading scorerJamie Squire/Getty Images

The defending national champion University of Wisconsin Badgers have made it three weeks in a row at the top of the USCHO.com Women's Division I poll.

Coached by 1980 U.S. Olympic hero Mark Johnson, the Badgers are 24-2-2 overall and received all 15 first-place votes in this week's poll. The winners of four of the last six women's NCAA Division I national titles, the Badgers are on a four-game winning streak after earlier fashioning a 15-game unbeaten string.

Rounding out the top five in the poll were Minnesota, Cornell, Boston College and Mercyhurst.

Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker is currently the second-leading scorer in the nation with 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points, leading all Division I skaters in goals. Senior forward Brooke Ammerman is fourth with 22-33 for 55 points, while classmate and team captain Hilary Knight, also a former U.S. Olympian, is 10th with 24-18 for 42 points.

Sophomore netminder Alex Rigsby is 24-2-2 on the season, with a 1.49 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage in 28 games. She also has eight shutouts and has allowed more than three goals in a game only once this year.

The Badgers return to action on Friday and Saturday when conference rival Minnesota-Duluth visits Madison.

Wisconsin set an NCAA record for attendance at a women's ice hockey game when they drew 12,402 fans to the Kohl Center on Jan. 28 for a 1-0 win over visiting Bemidji State. Knight, the Badgers' all-time leading scorer and a two-time All-American, had the only goal of the game, the 136th tally of her collegiate career.

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