Junior center/wing Hilary Knight has 46 goals in 36 games for the top-ranked University of Wisconsin women's hockey team this season. That astounding total begs for some perspective.
Knight not only leads the nation, she has 11 more goals than the next closest player, who happens to be UW senior winger Meghan Duggan (35).
Knight has personally outscored four NCAA Division teams this season: St. Cloud State 31, Union 33, Brown 38 and Vermont 44.
Knight needs three goals to surpass the UW men's single-season record. Her coach, Mark Johnson, scored 48 in 1977-78.
No WCHA women's player has scored 50 goals in a season. Only five have done it on the men's side in league history: Jerry Walker of Denver (56 in 1960-61), Tim Harrer of Minnesota (53 in 1979-80), Brett Hull of Minnesota-Duluth (52 in 1985-86), Bob Joyce of North Dakota (52 in 1986-87) and Ed Beers of Denver (50 in 1981-82).
Knight is chasing Nicole Corriero of Harvard, who scored 59 goals in 2004-05.
Knight has 111 goals in 116 career games heading into the WCHA playoff semifinals later this week in Minneapolis. The only UW men's players to average a goal a game in their careers are Bert DeHate (108 in 95 from 1966 to '70, 1.14 per outing) and Johnson (125 in 125 from 1976 to '79, 1.00 per game).