Jan. 25, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 25.
Petersen helped lead the Irish to a weekend sweep at New Hampshire, including a 5-1 victory on Friday night (Jan. 22) and a 3-2 win on Saturday (Jan. 23). In the two-game series, Petersen posted a 1.51 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.
It marks Petersen’s third Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honor this season (Nov. 2 & Jan. 4) and the fifth of his career. Combined with two Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors and a Hockey East Player of the Week honor, Petersen has now earned eight weekly Hockey East awards.
Petersen, who has started 38 straight games dating back to last season, and the Irish hold the nation’s longest active unbeaten streak as they are 9-0-3 over their last 12 games. During that 12-game stretch, the Waterloo, Iowa native has a 1.58 goals-against average and an impressive .947 save percentage.
On the season, Petersen is 14-4-7, with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His 690 saves lead the country.
Notre Dame is back in action on Friday night (Jan. 29) when it plays host to No. 4/5 Boston College in a 7:35 p.m. game at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The two teams met earlier this season in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with the Irish posting a dramatic 4-3 comeback win to close out the first semester (Dec. 10).
The Eagles (22 points, 9-1-4) and Irish (22 points, 10-1-2) will enter Friday’s game tied for second in the Hockey East standings.
Hockey East Weekly Award Winners – Jan. 25
Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week – Ahti Oksanen, Boston University
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week – Adam Gaudette, Northeastern
HEA Defensive Player of the Week – Cal Petersen, Notre Dame
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director 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 men’s 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).