Dan Colleran | February 22, 2017
After leading the No. 13/14 Irish to a win and a tie against No. 10 Providence College over the weekend, junior goaltender Cal Petersen was named the Hockey East's Defensive Player of the Week.
In Friday night's 4-1 win, which snapped the Friars' nine-game winning streak, Petersen turned aside 33 of the 34 shots he faced to secure the win. Then in Saturday night's back-and-forth game, he made two game-saving stops on Niko Rufo in the third period to preserve the tie. He finished with 39 saves in the tie, which moved Notre Dame to third in the Hockey East standings. In the series, Petersen posted a 1.92 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
For the season, Petersen has a 2.09 goals against average and a .926 save percentage, both of which rank second in Hockey East and 10th in the country. He has started every game and is 18-9-5 on the season with five shutouts, which is tied for the NCAA lead.
Petersen has now started 82 consecutive games dating back to a 5-1 win at Maine on Feb. 7, 2015. His 82 consecutive starts rank as the fourth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history, while his 83 consecutive appearances rank fifth.
A fifth round selection by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL draft, Petersen has now been named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week seven times in 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 10 career weekly Hockey East awards.