Dan Colleran | March 23, 2017
Notre Dame junior goaltender Cal Petersen has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Mike Richter Award, which was announced by Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Thursday afternoon (March 23).
The junior captain joins Michael Bitzer (Bemidji State), Tanner Jaillet (Denver), Hunter Miska (Minnesota Duluth) and Charles Williams (Canisius) as finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 7, at the 2017 Frozen Four in Chicago.
Petersen is 21-11-5 on the season with a 2.14 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and six shutouts. His save percentage currently ranks ninth in the country, while his six shutouts are tied for the NCAA lead. Petersen's 2016-17 numbers have been compiled against a tough schedule that has included 21 games against top-25 offenses (team currently ranked in the top 25 in goals per game).
A First Team Hockey East All-Star, Petersen led the Irish to a weekend sweep of Providence College in the Hockey East quarterfinals (March 10-11). In the two games versus the Friars, Petersen posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .973 save percentage to go along with a 43-save, game one shutout. He earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors following the series.
Petersen was also 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.
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).