Wisconsin Badger defenseman Justin Schultz was named the WCHA’s
Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the first sophomore honored with the award since it was first handed out in 1992.
Schultz is the fourth Badger to capture Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Brian Rafalski, Jeff Dessner and Brendan Smith.
The Badgers open the WCHA playoffs on the road tonight, starting their best 2 of 3 series at Colorado College.
The Badgers beat Colorado College 3-1 last Saturday night, ending a 7-game winless streak. Wisconsin will need a solid performance in goal from senior Scott Gudmandson. Badger coach Mike Eaves said Gudmandson got some confidence back after last Saturday’s win.
The Badgers and Tigers split the only 2-games played this season. The winner moves into the WCHA Final Five playoffs in the Twin Cities next weekend.