Feb. 6, 2018
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After leading the top-ranked Fighting Irish hockey team to a five point weekend at Penn State, sophomore goaltender Cale Morris was named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week for the fifth time this season on Tuesday morning (Feb. 6).
Morris, who has eight total Big Ten Star of the Week honors this year, helped the Irish to a 5-3 game one win over the Nittany Lions (Feb. 2) and a 2-2 shootout win in game two (Feb. 3). In game two, he made a career-high 55 saves and he stopped an Andrew Sturtz penalty shot in overtime to preserve the tie and followed with two saves in the shootout to help the Irish grab the extra point in the Big Ten standings. For the weekend series, Morris went 1-0-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage.
On the season, Morris is 20-3-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a NCAA-leading .952 save percentage. A Hobey Baker candidate, he also has four shutouts on the season and has totaled 812 saves, which ranks fourth in the country.
Notre Dame’s 2017-18 B1G Stars of the Week
Cal Burke: Third Star (Dec. 12)
Jake Evans: Second Star (Oct. 10), Third Star (Oct. 31)
Jordan Gross: Third Star (Oct. 10)
Cale Morris: First Star (Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Feb. 6), Second Star (Nov. 7, Jan. 9), Third Star (Jan. 30)
Big Ten Stars of the Week — Feb. 6
First Star: Cale Morris, So., G, Notre Dame
Second Star: Trent Frederic, So., F, Wisconsin
Third Star: Jack Becker, Fr., F, Michigan
This weekend (Feb. 9-10), Notre Dame plays host to sixth-ranked Ohio State (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0 B1G) at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Friday’s game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network. To purchase tickets, click here.
With three points this weekend, the Fighting Irish would clinch the Big Ten regular season championship (a win is worth three points in the Big Ten standings, a tie is worth one point and the shootout victor also receives an extra point).
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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).