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Varsity - March 14, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY BY ROSS LA DUE Looking back at the 2012-13 season Decker and Rigsby set more UW records W hile the UW women's hockey team's season may have been two weeks shorter after not receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the Badgers still have much to take away from this season. The 2012-13 season will be remembered for the first played in LaBahn Arena. Af52 » VARSITY MAR CH 14, 2013 ter a shaky opening weekend, the Badgers went on to post a 14-3-1 record in their new home, an .806 winning percentage. Brianna Decker capped off her four-year career becoming the second-leading career points (244) and goals (115) scorer at Wisconsin. With 129 career assists, she @BadgerWHockey was one shy of tying Meghan Duggan for second-most at UW. Decker's success didn't go unnoticed, either, as she was named a 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist and All-WCHA first team. Goaltender Alex Rigsby had a strong junior year, nearly replicating her marks from last season while playing the highest percentage of time in net for any goaltender in the nation. In just three seasons, Rigsby became the all-time saves leader at Wisconsin, besting the 2,527 saves made by Jackie MacMillan in the first four years of the program. Her .943 save percentage (third in the nation) and 1.49 goals against average (sixth in the nation) earned her All-WCHA Second Team honors. Defenseman Courtney Burke also had a standout first year for the Badgers, earning All-WCHA Rookie Team honors, while leading the Wisconsin D-corps with four goals and 19 assists. Two future Badgers earn top honors in prep league » Incoming freshmen and teammates at the North American Hockey Academy, Annie Pankowski and Jenny Ryan were named the Junior Women's Hockey League's 2013 Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Defenseman, respectively. Pankowski was the leading goal scorer in the JWHL, nabbing 54 goals in just 27 conference games. In the season as a whole, Pankowski scored a total of 104 goals through 78 games.

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