Dec. 1, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – For the third time this season, Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Fr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) has been selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s (CCHA) rookie of the week. Brown continued his outstanding rookie season last weekend by backstopping the Irish to a weekend sweep of CCHA foe, Northern Michigan, by 5-1 and 4-2 scores at the Joyce Center.
Brown was also named CCHA rookie of the week for the week’s ending Oct. 19 and Nov. 2. In October, he was named the Hockey Commissioner’s Association’s (HCA) national rookie of the month for October when he recorded three consecutive shutouts in his first four career starts.
Last weekend versus Northern Michigan, Brown recorded 19 saves in Friday’s 5-1 victory. He took a shutout into the final three minutes of the game only to see the Wildcats Nathan Oystrick score on the power play with 2:28 left in the game.
Saturday night, the former Hamilton Kilty Bee, made 25 stops in a 4-2 come-from-behind win versus the Wildcats. The Irish trailed 2-0 midway through the second period and rallied for the win. Brown made 20 of his 25 saves in the game over the final two periods.
The freshman goaltender is currently in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) and has not lost since Oct. 17 versus Bowling Green. In his eight-game tear, Brown has given up 11 goals in 481:35 minutes for a 1.37 goals-against average and has stopped 214-of-225 shots for a .951 save percentage. Among his six wins are the three consecutive shutouts.
For the season, Brown is 6-2-2 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
Brown and the Irish are currently tied for first place in the CCHA with Ohio State as both teams have 16 points. Notre Dame is 8-3-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the CCHA. Ohio State has played one less league game than the Irish.
Notre Dame returns to action this weekend, Dec. 5-6, when the Irish travel to Western Michigan for a weekend series versus the Broncos.