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Ice Hockey's Tony Zasowski Named CCHA Rookie Of The Week

Jan. 24, 2000

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame freshman goaltender Tony Zasowski (Darien, Ill.) has earned his second rookie-of-the-week award from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, after helping the Irish hockey team post a pair of victories over Western Michigan on Jan. 21-22.

Zasowski totaled 41 saves and allowed just one even-strength goal in the pair of victories (4-3 in overtime and 4-1). He helped stop seven-of-eight WMU power plays in the second game while opening with 23 straight saves.

Zasowski ranks seventh among regular CCHA goaltenders with a 2.41 overall season goals-against average and fourth among league netminders who have played 750-plus minutes-while his .908 overall save percentage ranks fifth among CCHA goalies with 750-plus minutes. Both of those marks remain on pace to best the Notre Dame records set by Forrest Karr (2.58, 1998-99) and Mark Kronholm (.907, 1970-71).

Zasowski has allowed just 25 even-strength goals in 17 games played this season while allowing 0-2 total goals in 10 of his 14 starts. He has posted two shutouts this season (19 saves vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 24 vs. Michigan State) to join Karr as the only Irish goaltenders ever to post multiple solo shutouts in the same season.

He previously was named CCHA rookie of the week on Nov. 1, after making 58 saves in a series with Miami University (5-2, 2-2) .

Zasowski is the fourth CCHA player to earn multiple CCHA rookie-of-the-week honors this season, joining Ferris State forward Chris Kunitz (3), Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller (2) and Northern Michigan forward Chris Gobert (2).

Notre Dame joins FSU (3) and NMU (3) as the only CCHA schools with three-plus rookie honorees this season. Irish freshman center Connor Dunlop was honored on Oct. 18, after assisting on four goals in games versus Providence and Union.