WATCH:

Buzzing The Net

Wisconsin Badgers’ Alex Rigsby makes stick save of the year in NCAA women’s quarter-final (VIDEO)

Neate Sager
Buzzing The Net

It was a pretty big Saturday for a woman goalie who was once drafted by a junior hockey team.

No, not just Canadian Olympic heroine Shannon Szabados, who made her debut for the minor-league Columbus Cottonmouths — try Alex Rigsby, the senior goalie for the NCAA power Wisconsin Badgers. During Wisconsin's 2-1 win over Harvard that sent it to next week's Frozen Four, Rigsby made a stick save that needs a fusion of shopworn sports superlatives suc has stellabulous, a combo of stellar and fabulous.

Harvard forward Samantha Reber had pulled Rigsby out of her crease and threaded a centring pass by three Badgers for a one-timer at a totally unguarded goal. Yet Rigsby stretched headlong and batted the puck down for a unbelievable game-saving stop.

Nice signature moment for Rigsby's 100th career win for the Badgers.

There might be a little poetic justice in Rigsby, who tried out for the USHL's Chicago Steel after being drafted there in 2009, ending Harvard's season. The 22-year-old was on Team USA's roster when it won the world championship in April 2013. American head coach Katey Stone, who is Harvard's full-time coach, elected to take more netminders who are more seasoned than Rigsby to the Sochi Olympics.

Rigsby's predecessor in the Badgers' net, Jessie Vetter, played her college hockey for Wisconsin. That's quite a pipeline from Madison, Wisc., to the U.S. women's national team's net.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: University of Wisconsin).

View Comments (1)
  • West Ham trying to sign Bony from Manchester City, says Bilic

    West Ham trying to sign Bony from Manchester City, says Bilic

    (Reuters) - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed the club are trying to sign striker Wilfried Bony from Premier League rivals Manchester City. The Hammers have been seeking to bring in another forward all summer, a search that has … More »

    Reuters - 2 minutes 8 seconds ago
  • Benteke will improve as he plays more, says Pardew

    Benteke will improve as he plays more, says Pardew

    (Reuters) - Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has backed Christian Benteke to hit top form once the Belgian striker spends more time on the pitch. Benteke made his debut for the club in the 2-0 League Cup win against Blackpool but was substituted … More »

    Reuters - 3 minutes 47 seconds ago
  • Weightlifting-Three Chinese 2008 Olympic champions test positive

    Three Chinese Olympic champions in women's weightlifting from the 2008 Beijing Games have failed doping tests conducted eight years later, the sport's governing body (IWF) said on Wednesday. The trio were among 15 weightlifters who tested positive … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 6 seconds ago
  • Rooney would be great for MLS, says Portland Timbers owner

    Rooney would be great for MLS, says Portland Timbers owner

    (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be a "great signing" for Major League Soccer, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has said, adding that the 30-year-old still has plenty to offer. Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • Rejuvenated Hamilton has 50th win in his sights

    Rejuvenated Hamilton has 50th win in his sights

    By Abhishek Takle SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton can become only the third driver to win 50 grands prix when Formula One returns from its month-long August break and gets back to business at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 5 minutes ago