30-6-3, 1.58 GAA, .931 save pct., six shutouts
As with most goalies, his detractors
will say that he’s a product of the system.
But it’s hard to imagine the Notre Dame having
its success this season without David Brown as their
backstop. That's why he's our choice as Inside College
Hockey's Goaltender of the Year.
In becoming just the second Notre Dame
player to make the all-CCHA first team and the first
Fighting Irish netminder to earn all-conference honors
since John Peterson was named to the all-WCHA second
team in 1977, Brown was dominant statistically. Prior
to the Frozen Four, he led the nation in wins (30)
and his 1.58 goals against average is a full three-tenths
of a goal better than his next closest competitor,
Vermont's Joe Fallon. The Stony Creek, Ontario native
also ranks third in the country with a .931 save percentage.
The eye-popping numbers become even
more amazing when one takes into account that Brown
played more minutes than all but one NCAA goaltender
(Boston College's Cory Schneider), yet allowed just
63 goals. Among Division I netminders who worked more
than 1,500 minutes this season, only Fallon, Minnesota's
Kellen Briggs, and Miami's Jeff Zatkoff gave up fewer
goals — and Briggs and Zatkoff barely eclisped
the 1,500-minute threshhold. Brown, meanwhile, never
wore down, allowing two goals or fewer in 30 of his
Notre Dame's 2006-07 season will be
long remembered, whether it's as a fleeting moment
of success for the Fighting Irish hockey program or
the start of a long tradition of excellence on ice.
Either way, David Brown's contributions will not be
Runner-up: John Curry, Boston University