(MADISON) - Junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson and freshman forward Craig Smith were honored by the WCHA after their performances at North Dakota last weekend. Gudmandson earned the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week laurel, while Smith was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.
Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta), making the first back-to-back starts of his collegiate career, stopped 58 shots on goal and allowed just three even-strength goals in the series. In a 3-3 overtime tie in Grand Forks last Friday night, Gudmandson made a total of 27 saves while last Saturday evening, he kicked aside 31 shots, including 15 in the first period, to lead Wisconsin to a 4-3 WCHA victory over the host Sioux. Thirteen of his saves came on 15 power-play shots.
On the 2009-10 season, Gudmandson owns a 5-2-2 record, sports a WCHA-best 1.87 goals-against average overall (5th in the nation) and owns the league's third best saves percentage at .925.
Smith (Madison, Wis.), a first-year forward, made a strong contribution to the Badgers' weekend success at league-rival North Dakota with three scoring points. Smith scored the game-opening goal last Friday (Dec. 11) night at 9:00 of the first period and then drew an assist on teammate Blake Geoffrion's goal – also in the first – as Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-3 overtime tie against the host Sioux. Last Saturday (Dec. 12) evening, Smith then assisted on a go-ahead goal by teammate Ben Street at 7:55 of the second period as the Badgers overcame a 2-1 deficit to post a 4-3 victory over North Dakota.
In addition to his three points, Smith also earned a +2 plus/minus rating in the series and fired four shots on goal.
Through 16 games played his rookie season, Smith has 15 points (3g, 12a) overall and is the top scoring freshman in the WCHA (league games) to date with 14 points (3g, 11a) in 14 games.
Wisconsin, standing 11-5-2 overall, takes a two-week break for the holidays before returning to action Jan. 2-3 in their own Badger Hockey Showdown.
Courtesy: UW Media Relations