Notre Dame’s Petersen sets NCAA single-game save record in 5OT thriller

Air Force Athletics

Third star — Cole Gunner, Air Force

The senior forward had a big weekend in leading Air Force to a series sweep of American International in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament. Gunner had an assist in the series opener, which resulted in a 6-1 victory. In the series finale, he was dominant as he scored five points on four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 10-3 win against the Yellow Jackets.

For the weekend, Gunner combined for six points on four goals and two assists to go along with 15 shots on goal and a +6 rating. On the season, Gunner leads the Falcons in scoring with 45 points on 20 goals and 25 assists.

Michigan State Athletics

Second star — Jake Hildebrand, Michigan State

Hildebrand posted back-to-back shutouts against Wisconsin to lead the Spartans to a series sweep. In the Friday night series opener, he stopped all 21 Wisconsin shots in the 3-0 victory. Saturday night was more of the same as he made 38 saves in another 3-0 shutout win. The junior goalie now has six shut outs on the year with a 2.10 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He enters this weekend’s series against Michigan having not allowed a goal in his last 124 minutes in the net.

Notre Dame Athletics

First star — Cal Petersen, Notre Dame

The freshman goalie led the Fighting Irish to a series victory against UMass in the first round of the Hockey East tournament. In the series opener, Petersen set the Division I record with 87 saves in a 4-3 loss which went five OTs and 151:42 — the longest game in college hockey history. Petersen registered 22 saves in Saturday’s 5-3 victory, and then in the all-important game three series decider, he stopped all 23 shots for the fourth shutout of his career in a 7-0 win. For the weekend, Petersen posted a 1.33 goals against average and a .957 save percentage. On the season, he has a .927 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average.

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