Wisconsin’s record-setting Ann-Renee Desbiens scores Women’s Player of the Week honors

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ann-renee-desbiens-wis-hsWisconsin’s Ann-Renee Desbiens continues to rewrite the NCAA record books at an alarming rate.

And as ASN’s Player of the Week, she was effective in leading her team to weekend sweeps.

Desbiens didn’t give up a goal in the Badgers’ two-game sweep of Bemidji State in running her shutout mark to six on the season. Sunday’s blanking set the NCAA record for career shutouts at 44.

It is the most shutouts an any level of NCAA hockey and for any gender.

“I’m definitely happy about it,” Desbiens said. “I’ll stop getting questions about it now that I have it, maybe not. But it’s fun to have especially after this week, which was a little harder. It’s a victory mentally, I would say. It’s nice to be able to do that as a team to show how consistent we’ve been.”

The senior netminder from La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, is 10-0-1 on the season and has 81 wins in 97 career starts with 22 regular-season games remaining. She already owns the single-season record for save percentage and goals-against average, each set last season when she allowed just 29 total goals and had 701 saves, a .960 save percentage and a 0.76 goals-against average.

Former Minnesota Gophers goalie Noora Räty (2010-2013) held the career shutout record previously with 43 and also own the NCAA record for career wins with 114.

Desbiens, who also set the NCAA single-season record for 21 last season, made 22 saves in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Bemidji State and 14 saves in Sunday’s 6-0 win. She sports a 0.74 goals-against average this season, which also leads the NCAA, while her save percentage of .953 and winning percentage of .958 rank second in the nation.

The Badgers are now 11-0-1 and ranked No. 1 in women’s hockey. They face a road test at No. 3 Duluth Nov. 18-19.


Above: Photo courtesy David Stluka/Wisconsin

Dave Dondoneau

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