March 3, 2014
Notre Dame, Ind. – Two Notre Dame hockey players collected honors from Hockey East today as senior goaltender Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, Alaska) was selected the Stop It goaltender of the month for February. He was joined by freshman Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) as the Pro Ambitions rookie of the week for the final week of the regular season.
Summerhays put together an outstanding month of February as he was 4-2-1 with a 1.42 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and three shutouts. After dropping the first two games of the month, Summerhays was 4-0-1 over the final five games, giving up just four goals in those five games for a 0.79 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage as he stopped 144-of-148 shots.
Included in Summerhays’ five game run were three shutouts in a row (two credited to him and one shared with fellow senior goaltender Joe Rogers (Marysville, Mich.). The blankings included a 36-save, 3-0 win at Providence on Feb. 15 and back-to-back 2-0 shutouts of Boston University at home on Feb. 21-22.
Summerhays has been named the Hockey East goaltender of the week in each of the last two weeks and three times this season.
For the season, Summerhays is 18-11-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. He leads the nation with seven shutouts and has been a part of eight whitewashings this year with the Irish. Nationally, he is sixth in goals-against average, 10th in save percentage, tied for fifth in wins and leads the nation with seven shutouts.
Summerhays closed out the 2013-14 regular season last Saturday (March 1) with a 2-1 overtime win at Boston College. That extended his current unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). During that streak, Summerhays owns a 0.82 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage while being a part of three consecutive Irish shutouts. During that span, he set a Notre Dame record, going 231:50 without giving up a goal.
Hinostroza has been selected the Pro Ambitions rookie of the week four times this season and he takes the honors this week for scoring one of the biggest goals of the season for the Irish in the 2-1 overtime win at No. 1 Boston College.
The speedy center iceman scored the winning goal at 1:56 of overtime to give the Irish the victory. Hinostroza carried the puck up the left wing boards and curled toward the goal at the top of the left circle. His shot on goal deflected off the stick of a Boston College forward and went over Eagle goaltender Thatcher Demko’s left shoulder and bounced into the goal. The win snapped BC’s 19-game unbeaten streak (17-0-2) as the Eagles had not lost a game since Nov. 29.
For the season, Hinostroza is tied for second on the Irish in scoring with seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points. He has one power-play goal and two game winners and is +9 on the season. The 5-9, 175-pound forward ranks third in freshman scoring in Hockey East with 28 points and also is third in points per game with a point per game in the 28 that he has played this season.
Summerhays and Hinostroza return to action at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 when the Irish play host to Boston University in a first-round Hockey East playoff game. The winner advances to the quarterfinals the following week, March 14-16. Notre Dame is 20-12-2 overall and 9-9-2 in league play. The Irish were eighth in the final standings after finishing tied for seventh with Vermont but lost the tiebreaker.