Stopping No. 1 Wisconsin earns Player of the Week honor for Duluth’s Maddie Rooney

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There may be no goalie tougher to score on in college hockey these days than Minnesota Duluth’s Maddie Rooney.

The 5-6 pre-business major earned ASN Player of the Week honors after stopping 45 of 46 shots she faced to lead third-ranked Duluth (8-3-3) to a 4-1 win over No. 1 Wisconsin this past Friday.

It was the Badgers’ (11-1-1) first loss of the season and their most lopsided loss to Duluth since falling 4-0 on Jan. 10, 2009.

She followed by stopping 43 of 47 shots in Saturday’s 4-1 loss as the WCHA powers split the weekend series in Duluth.

Saturday’s loss ended Duluth’s seven-game unbeaten streak, but not before the Bulldogs beat the Badgers for the first time since Oct. 14, 2012. It was UMD’s first win over a top-ranked team in it beat Minnesota 4-2 on Jan. 3, 2012.

Rooney is used to being busy between the pipes. She has a .938 save percentage and allows just 1.91 goals per game. Friday’s shutout was her first of the season. As freshman, she posted a 5-12-0 record with two shutouts with a 3.18 goals-against and .899 save percentage.

She was particularly tough to early Friday night when the Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 20-3 in a scoreless first period. The Badgers have seven games this season with 40 or more shots on net.

Before coming to Duluth, Rooney played two seasons for the Andover, Minn. High School boys team where she compiled a 2.84 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.


Photo courtesy Duluth Media Relations

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter @DakotaHI.