Nov. 28, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the third consecutive week, Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris has been named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week the conference announced on Tuesday morning (Nov. 28). Morris is the first player to earn Big Ten First Star honors in three consecutive weeks.
Morris led the Irish to a weekend sweep over Minnesota, posting a 44-save shutout in the 1-0 game one win (Nov. 24) and then a 40-save showing in game two’s 5-2 victory, with Minnesota’s two goals coming on the power play. For the weekend, Morris posted a 1.00 goals-against average to go along with an impressive .977 save percentage (saved 84 of the 86 shots he faced).
Morris and the Irish have now won nine games in a row with Morris starting all nine of those games. He has three shutouts, all coming in 1-0 wins, to go along with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage during the nine-game stretch.
It marks the fourth consecutive weekly Big Ten award for Morris, who is now 11-1-0 on the year with a .952 save percentage and a 1.62 goals against average. His .952 save percentage ranks first in the country, while his .917 winning percentage also leads the country.
Morris and the No. 3/4 Fighting Irish continue Big Ten play this weekend with a road series at Michigan State (Dec. 1-2) at the Munn Ice Arena.
Notre Dame’s 2017-18 B1G Stars of the Week
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), Second Star (Nov. 7)
Big Ten Stars of the Week — Nov. 21
First Star: Cale Morris, So., G, Notre Dame
Second Star: Tanner Laczynski, So., F, Ohio State
Third Star: Seamus Malone, Jr., F, Wisconsin
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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).