It only seems like Cal Petersen has been manning Notre Dame's hockey nets for the past decade.
The junior goalie recorded his 75th consecutive start on Saturday, turning away 31 shots in a 3-0 win over New Hampshire. It was Petersen’s NCAA-leading fifth shutout this season and 10th of his career.
Petersen is the ASN Men's Player of the Week, a repeat winner from last season and has the Fighting Irish in the thick of the Hockey East race at 14-8-3 overall and 7-4-2 in conference play.
A fifth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, Petersen’s consecutive-start streak is 10th longest in NCAA history. He stands 6-3, 190-pounds and the Iron Man goalie of college hockey.
Last season he started all 37 games and led the nation in percentage of team minutes played (98.6 percent) while posting a 19-11-7 record. He finished with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage, which ranked 12th in the country.
He holds the NCAA record for saves in a game, 87, in a 4-3 toss to UMass on March 6, 2015. This season he’s carrying a 2.06 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
The Irish have a key Hockey East showdown Saturday against Boston College.
Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter at @DakotaHi.