Nov. 3, 2008
Farmington Hills, Mich. – The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that Notre Dame senior goaltender Jordan Pearce (Anchorage, Alaska) and freshman right wing Billy Maday (Burr Ridge, Ill.) have been selected as the CCHA’s goaltender and rookie of the week respectively for the week ending Nov. 2.
The duo each played key roles in Notre Dame’s first-ever weekend sweep of the Northern Michigan Wildcats at Marquette, Mich. last weekend. The Fighting Irish won Friday’s game 3-2 and followed with a 4-2 victory on Saturday.
Pearce backstopped Notre Dame to the two wins on the weekend, stopping 43-of-47 shots (.915 save%) while giving up just two goals in each game. The 6-1, 206-pound goaltender played a key role on the Irish penalty killing unit as they killed off all 11 Wildcat power-play chances on the weekend, six on Friday night and five on Saturday.
The two weekend wins improved Pearce to 3-3-0 overall with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. This was the first time that the senior goaltender has been selected goaltender of the week. As a freshman, he was selected CCHA rookie of the week for the week ending Oct. 30, 2005 as he shut out Princeton, 2-0, in his second career start.
This week’s rookie of the week honors go to Maday who scored a goal with two assists on the weekend for three points while being +1 in the series.
In Friday’s 3-2 victory, Maday picked up his first point of the weekend when he assisted on Dan Kissel’s (Jr., Crestwood, Ill.) second-period, power-play goal at 4:44 that put the Irish ahead to stay, 2-1.
He followed that with the first multiple-point game of his Notre Dame career, scoring a goal with an assist in the 4-2 win over the Wildcats. Maday started the scoring in the three-goal second period when he fired the rebound of a shot past Northern goaltender Brian Stewart at 6:34 of the middle stanza on the power play. The goal was his third of the season. He added an assist on Calle Ridderwall’s (So., Stockholm, Sweden) goal at 15:31 of the second period that gave Notre Dame a 4-0 lead. The assist was his third of the season.
Maday leads all Notre Dame freshmen in scoring with three goals and three assists for six points in seven games. One of his three goals has come on the power play and his is +3 on the season.
Pearce and Maday and their teammates return to action this weekend as the Irish travel to New England to face second-ranked Boston College on Friday, Nov. 7 and then Providence College on Saturday, Nov. 8 in a pair of 7:05 p.m. games.