Feb. 13, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame’s red-hot goaltender, David Brown (Jr., Stoney Creek, Ont.), has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) goaltender of the week for his play in leading the Fighting Irish to a weekend sweep of Ferris State on Feb. 10-11. Brown led the Irish to a 4-1 win on home ice and then followed with a 3-2 victory on the road at Big Rapids, Mich.
Brown’s league honor is the fifth of the year won by a Notre Dame player. He joins Tim Wallace (Sr., Anchorage, Alaska), Erik Condra (Fr., Livonia, Mich.), Jordan Pearce (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska) and Noah Babin (Jr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) to receive one of the league’s weekly awards. Wallace was named offensive player of the week, while Babin took defensive honors. Condra and Pearce were each named rookie of the week.
Brown turned aside 55 of the 58 shots he faced in the two games for a .948 save percentage while giving up just three power-play goals in the two games for a 1.50 goals-against average.
In Friday’s home win, Brown stopped 26 of 27 shots, giving up just a second-period power-play goal. His biggest save came early in the third period with the Irish nursing a 2-1 lead and Ferris State on the power play. The junior goaltender made a stop on a shot from the left side and the rebound bounced in front to Bulldogs’ top scorer, Greg Rallo. With a wide-open net, Rallo fired what looked like the game-tying goal. Out of nowhere, Brown threw up his catching glove to make a game-saving save. Less than three minutes later, the Irish scored to make it a 3-1 game.
On Saturday night at Ewigleben Arena, Brown stopped 29 of 31 Ferris State shots, including 12 in the third period in a 3-2 victory. The two goals he surrendered were second-period power-play markers.
The weekend sweep for the Irish improved them to 11-16-3 overall and 9-12-3 in the CCHA. That gives the Irish 21 points and puts them just one point out of home ice behind seventh-place Ohio State and Northern Michigan for the final home playoff spots. Notre Dame is also just two points behind sixth-place Ferris State with four games left to play.
Over his last six games, Brown has played a major role in Notre Dame’s success. He is 3-3-0 in those games, giving up just nine goals for a 1.51 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage. In those same six games, the Irish have scored just 11 goals.
For the season, Brown is now 8-13-3 with a 2.65 goals against and a .909 save percentage. He has played in 23 consecutive games for the Irish, making 22 starts.
Brown and his teammates return to action this weekend when they travel to Bowling Green on Feb. 17-18 to face the Falcons. Game time both nights is 7:05 p.m.