Oct. 16, 2012
Notre Dame, Ind. – Junior goaltender Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, Alaska) has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s (CCHA) goaltender of the week as he helped lead Notre Dame to wins over Maine and Nebraska-Omaha on the way to winning the 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament title Oct. 12-13. The tournament was played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The 6-0, 188-pound puckstopper also was selected as Inside College Hockey.com’s national player of the week for his play in the season’s opening weekend.
Summerhays stopped 50-of-52 shots he faced during the weekend, winning a pair of games with a 1.00 goals-against average and .962 save percentage with one shutout. He was selected to the all-tournament team for his play.
Getting the opening night start versus the University of Maine on Oct. 12, Summerhays stopped all 22 shots he faced in the game and made a third-period goal by Irish junior center T.J. Tynan (Orland Park, Ill.) stand up in the 1-0 win. The shutout was Summerhays’ first of the 2012-13 season and the third of his career. All three of his shutouts have come in his last seven games since Feb. 24 of last season.
In the Ice Breaker championship game against Nebraska-Omaha, the junior netminder kicked out 28-of-30 shots in a 3-2 win over the Mavericks. That total included 21 in the first two periods of play as he protected three, one-goal leads for the evening.
The Irish placed four players on the Ice Breaker all-tournament team led by Summerhays. He was joined by defenseman Stephen Johns (Jr., Wampum, Pa.) and junior forwards Bryan Rust (Novi, Mich.) and Tynan who also took tournament most valuable player honors.
Since Feb. 24 of last season, Summerhays owns a 5-2-0 record and has a 1.22 goals-against average, a .969 save percentage and three shutouts covering seven starts.
The talented goaltender is now 2-0-0 on the season with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .969 save percentage and one shutout after one week.
Summerhays and his Irish teammates return to action this week, playing a Thursday-Friday series versus the University of Minnesota Duluth. The teams will square off at 7:35 p.m. each night, Oct. 18-19, at the Compton Family Ice Arena on the Notre Dame campus. The Bulldogs are 1-1-0 on the year after splitting a pair last weekend to Ohio State.