March 1, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. – For the fifth time this season, Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Fr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) has been honored by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Brown has been selected CCHA rookie of the week for the week ending February 29 as he led the Irish to a sweep of fourth-ranked Michigan in 4-1 and 5-2 wins.
This marks the fourth time this season that Brown has been named the league’s rookie of the week (Oct. 18, Nov. 2, Dec. 1) with the other honor coming as CCHA defensive player of the week for the week ending Jan. 11.
Brown stopped 62-of-65 Michigan shots on the weekend for a .954 save percentage with a 1.50 goals-against average. On Friday, Feb. 27, the 5-11, 1808-pound puck stopper kicked out 23-of-24 shots he faced in a 4-1 win. The lone goal was a third-period power-play goal that made it a 3-1 game. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Brown faced 41 Wolverine shots, making 39 saves in the 5-2 victory. The weekend sweep was the first for the Irish versus Michigan since March 5-6, 1982.
For the year, Brown is 13-5-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. In all games, he leads the CCHA with the lowest goals-against average and save percentage. Nationally, he ranks ninth in goals-against and third in save percentage. In just CCHA games, Brown is second with a 2.09 goals-against average and is second with a .932 save mark.
Brown was selected the Hockey Commissioner’s Association (HCA) national rookie of the month for October and was an honorable-mention choice in January.
The 19-year old goaltender helped the Irish get back in the hunt for home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs and a possible NCAA tournament berth. Notre Dame has won four straight games and is now 17-11-4 overall and 13-10-3 in league play, good for a tie for fifth place with Alaska Fairbanks and one point behind fourth-place Ohio State. The Irish have two games in hand on Alaska Fairbanks.
Notre Dame will close out the regular season this weekend, March 5-6, when the Irish travel to Lake Superior State for a pair of 7:05 p.m. games.