Jan. 29, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Sr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) has been selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s (CCHA) goaltender of the week for the week ending Jan. 28. For Brown, this marks the third time this season that he has earned the CCHA’s weekly goaltending honors.
A candidate for the 2007 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player, Brown helped Notre Dame to a win and a tie versus Miami in a weekend series that extended the Irish lead to three points over the second-place RedHawks in the CCHA regular season title chase. Brown stopped 50-of-53 shots in the two games (.943 save percentage) as second-ranked Notre Dame prevailed 4-1 on Friday, Jan. 26 and rallied for a 2-2 tie on Saturday night.
The win and tie improved the Irish to 21-5-2 overall and 15-3-2 in CCHA play, good for 32 points in the conference. Miami went to 13-6-3 in the league good for 29 points with the RedHawks playing two more games than the Irish. Third-place Michigan is four points behind the Irish with 28 points.
In Friday’s 4-1 win at the sold-out Joyce Center, Brown stopped 26 of 27 shots, giving up just a second-period power-play goal after Notre Dame took a commanding 4-0 lead.
On Saturday, Brown stopped 24-of-26 Miami shots as the Irish trailed 2-0 before scoring twice in the final seven minutes to salvage the tie.
For the year, Brown continues to be among the nation’s top goaltenders. He is 20-4-2 overall with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. He leads the CCHA and the nation with 20 wins, his goals-against average is first in the conference and second in the nation while his save percentage is second in the CCHA and eighth overall.
Brown’s win on Friday night made him just the third goaltender in Notre Dame history to record 20 wins in a season. He also was named the CCHA goaltender of the week for the weeks of Oct. 23 and Nov. 6. His hot play last weekend helped the Irish move back into the No. 2 spot the national polls while receiving three first-place votes in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and one first-place vote in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll. The University of New Hampshire is in the top spot while the University of Minnesota is third.
The Irish return to action on the road this week with a weekend series at Bowling Green on Fri.-Sat., Feb. 2-3. Game time both nights at the BGSU Ice Arena is 7:05 p.m.