Dan Colleran | March 10, 2017
Notre Dame junior goaltender Cal Petersen has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2017 Mike Richter Award, which was announced by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Thursday afternoon (March 9).
The Mike Richter Award has been presented annually since 2014 to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. Five finalists for the 2017 award will be announced on Thursday, March 23, while the winner will be presented on Friday, April 7, at the 2017 Frozen Four in Chicago. Petersen has been a nominee for the Mike Richter Award in each of his three seasons with the Fighting Irish.
Petersen finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 19-10-5 record, 2.12 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts. His save percentage currently ranks 10th in the country, while his five shutouts lead Hockey East and are tied for second nationally.
Petersen’s 2016-17 numbers have been compiled against a tough schedule that has included 12 games against ranked opponents and 14 games against teams currently ranked in the NCAA top 20 for offense (goals per game).
Petersen was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week following back-to-back shutouts versus Alaska (Dec. 31 and Jan. 1), including a 34-save performance in game one of that series. From Dec. 10 to Jan. 6, Petersen went 207:10 without allowing a goal, which is the second longest shutout streak in program history.
After leading the Irish to a win and a tie against Providence College (Feb. 17-18), Petersen was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. In the 4-1 game one win, which snapped Providence’s nine-game winning streak, Petersen turned aside 33 of the 34 shots he faced. In the series, Petersen posted a 1.92 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
A fifth-round selection by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Petersen helped the Irish secure a top four finish in the Hockey East standings and a first-round bye when he stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced in a 3-1 win at Boston University during the final weekend of play (Feb. 24).