Oct. 10, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame hockey team skated to a weekend sweep of Arizona State over the weekend, notching a 9-2 game one win on Friday night and following up with a 4-2 victory on Saturday.
BJORK NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
On Monday afternoon the Hockey East Association announced Anders Bjork was named the Hockey East Player of the Week. Bjork, who was named a second team Hockey East All-Star last season, scored four goals and added three assists in the weekend sweep of Arizona State. He scored the game-winning goal in each victory.
Hockey East Weekly Award Winners — October 10, 2016
Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week – Anders Bjork, Notre Dame
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week – Mitch Fossier, Maine
HEA Defensive Player of the Week – Rob Nichols, UConn
IN THE POLLS
After the weekend sweep of the Sun Devils, the Irish moved up to No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll (previosly No. 8) and to No. 6 in theUSA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll (previously No. 9).
After tying a pair of games at UMass Lowell this past weekend, Minnesota Duluth moved to No. 4 in both polls, setting up a top-10 showdown this coming weekend in Duluth, Minnesota.
PETERSEN NAMED TO RICHTER AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior captain Cal Petersen was one of 20 players named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List for 2016-17. The award, which is presented by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation, annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. The winner of the fourth annual award will be announced at the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago.
Last season, Petersen was A Mike Richter Award nominee for the second consecutive year. He finished 2015-16 as the national leader in percentage of team minutes played (98.6%) while finishing with a 19-11-7 record. Petersen finished the season with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage, which ranked 12th in the country.
ARIZONA STATE SERIES NOTES
- In Friday night’s game one win (9-2), Notre Dame scored at least nine goals for the first time since a 10-2 victory over Canisius on Dec. 29, 2010 and the Irish tallied six power-play goals for the first time since a 9-5 win over Northern Michigan on Feb. 13, 2009.
- In Friday night’s win, Bobby Nardella recorded his first career two-goal game and Andrew Oglevie recorded his first career two-assist game.
- On Saturday, with a goal and two assists, Connor Hurley posted his second career three-point game.
- Notre Dame took early 1-0 leads in both games as Anders Bjork scored 33 seconds into Friday’s contest and Connor Hurley scored at 1:02 of the first period on Saturday night.
- Bjork posted a career-high four points on two goals and two assists in Saturday night’s win. For the weekend he totaled four goals and three assists for seven points and moved his multi-point game total to 13 in his Irish career.
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