NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Cale Morris was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week and Matt Hellickson earned Third Star of the Week honors the conference announced on Tuesday morning (Dec. 17).
Morris, a senior goaltender, and Hellickson, a junior defenseman, helped the Irish close out the first semester with a win 3-0 over Penn State on Saturday night (Dec. 14).
Morris gave up just three goals in the weekend split, finishing the series with a 1.52 goals-against average to go along with a .961 save percentage. In Saturday night’s series finale he sent the Irish to break with a win by stopping all 37 shots he faced. It marked his ninth career shutout and his second-highest save total in a shutout.
An All-American and Mike Richter Award Winner (2018), Morris has now racked up 13 weekly Big Ten honors: First Star (7), Second Star (3), Third Star (3).
Hellickson posted a pair of two-assist games in the series for his first and second multi-point games of the season. He has played in all 18 games this season, scoring a pair of goals and adding seven assists for nine points. It marked his first career weekly Big Ten honor.
Big Ten Stars of the Week — Dec. 17
First Star: Cale Morris, G, Sr., Notre Dame
Second Star: John Lethemon, G, Sr., Michigan State
Third Star: Matt Hellickson, D, Jr., Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s 2019-20 Weekly B1G Honors
Cal Burke: Second Star (Oct. 29)
Matt Hellickson: Third Star (Dec. 17)
Cale Morris: First Star (Dec. 17), Third Star (Nov. 12)
Cam Morrison: Third Star (Nov. 5)
Mike O’Leary: First Star (Oct. 29)
- Notre Dame has reached the semester break and will return to action with a home-and-home non-conference series against Western Michigan Jan. 3 and 5.
- Game one of that series will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Tickets).
- Game two will then be played at 5 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 5.