Nov. 27, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has selected Notre Dame freshman Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) as the conference rookie of the week for his play during the week ending November 26.
Deeth, Notre Dame’s third leading scorer this season, scored two goals and added an assist on the weekend to help the Irish split a pair of games on the road at Nebraska-Omaha over Thanksgiving weekend.
On Friday, Nov. 24, Deeth helped set up Erik Condra’s opening goal at 1:05 of the first period and then scored the team’s fourth goal in the 4-2 victory. On his goal, the left-handed Deeth took a pass from fellow freshman Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.), got past the defenseman and made a nifty move, deking goaltender Eric Aarnio to the ice on his backhand, then pulled it to his forehand before depositing it in the goal. For his play in the game, he was named the Perani Cup First Star of the Game.
On Saturday, Nov. 25, with Notre Dame trailing 2-1 in the third period, Deeth scored on the power play at 5:23 to tie the game at 2-2. A late Maverick power-play goal handed the Irish a 3-2 loss for a split on the weekend. Deeth had two goals and one assist for three points on five shots on goal and had an even plus-minus in the two games.
For the season, Deeth now has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 14 games. He leads the Irish with four power-play goals and has also scored once short-handed. His +8 plus-minus rating ties him for third on the team with three other players.
Deeth is tied for first among CCHA freshmen in scoring and is currently tied for 11th on the national level with 14 points. This marks the second time this season that Deeth has received the CCHA rookie of the week honor as he was also selected on Oct. 23.
Notre Dame is currently 10-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the CCHA, good for 11 points. The Irish play host to the Alaska Nanooks this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. starts. They are currently ranked fifth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and fifth in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll.