Re-live the 2007-2008 Notre Dame Championship Hockey Season with Some of the Best Photos of the Year
Four-time monogram winner at Notre Dame ... two-year starter in goal who shattered most of the Irish records for goaltenders during his career ... as a senior was selected honorable mention all-CCHA and a finalist for conference player of the year honors while leading the nation in wins (30) and shutouts (8) ... was second in the nation with a 1.68 goals-against average and fifth in save percentage (.931) ... for the year was 30-6-3 overall with a 1.68 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and eight shutouts ... was the Most Valuable Player of the CCHA Tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team ... along with teammate Erik Condra was one of 10 finalists for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award ... two-time winner of Notre Dame Monogram's team Most Valuable Player Award (2008, 2009) ... two-time winner of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley's Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award (2008, 2009) ... selected first team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009 ... was a second team Academic All-American in 2008 ... joins Steve Noble `98 as Notre Dame's only two, two-time Academic All-Americans ... two-time member of the CCHA's scholar-athlete team (`08, `09) and was selected as the 2009 CCHA scholar-athlete of the year award winner ... had a 3.816 grade-point average with a double major in anthropology and pre-med ... won the CCHA's top goaltender award in 2008 with the lowest goals against average in conference games (1.80) ... his 30 wins and eight shutouts as a senior set Notre Dame single-season records as did his 20-game unbeaten streak (17-0-3) from Oct. 31, 2008 to Jan. 17, 2009 ... during his Notre Dame career, he appeared in 94 games, making 89 starts ... was 59-26-7 with a 1.98 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and 12 shutouts ... ranks first in career wins (59), goals-against average (1.98), save percentage (.918), winning percentage (.679) and tied for shutouts with 12 ... product of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program and the USHL's Lincoln Stars ... signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings on April 10, 2009 ... made his professional hockey debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on April 11, a 5-2 loss to Peoria.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 39 of Notre Dame's 40 games in 2008-09, making 38 starts on the year ... played 2,326:20 minutes in goal while recording a 30-6-3 overall record to go with a stingy 1.68 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and eight shutouts ... 30 wins and eight shutouts are Notre Dame single-season records and led the nation in 2008-09 ... his 1.68 goals-against average was second in the country and the .931 save percentage was fifth overall ... just an honorable mention all-CCHA selection but was a finalist for the conference's player of the year honors ... was the CCHA Tournament's Most Valuable Player and a member of the all-tournament team (4-0 with a 0.75 goals-against average) ... selected to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team and was the league's scholar-athlete of the year ... selected Notre Dame's team Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season and the winner of the Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award for the second year ... selected as a first team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American on the At-Large team for 2009 ... just the second Irish hockey player to be a two-time Academic All-America (joins Steve Noble `98) ... along with teammate Erik Condra was one of 10 finalists for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award ... started the season with a 1-3-0 record with losses at Denver (5-2) and a pair to Miami (2-0 and 3-2) ... lone win was an 18-save, 3-0 shutout of Sacred Heart (Oct. 17), his fifth career shutout ... from there, set a Notre Dame record by going unbeaten in 20 games (17-0-3) from Oct. 31 to Jan. 17 ... started streak with a pair of wins at Northern Michigan and was named CCHA goaltender of the week for week ending Nov. 2 ... made 27 saves in 4-1 win at Boston College on Nov. 7 and ran road-win streak to four with a 4-1 win at Providence the following night ... made career-high 40 saves in 3-3 tie with Lake Superior, then stopped three-of-four shots in shootout to give Irish first shootout win in CCHA play, 2-1 ... won his first CCHA shootout game on Nov. 14 versus Lake Superior ... made 20 saves the following night in 5-2 in over Lakers to improve unbeaten streak to 5-0-1 ... added two more wins in a home-and-home series with Bowling Green, winning at home, 9-1, and at BG, 4-1 on Nov. 21-22 ... made 21 saves in a 4-1 home win against Western Michigan (Nov. 28) ... given the night off on Nov. 29 with Tom O'Brien getting his second career start ... entered the game in second period in relief and made 19 saves in 3-3 tie before stopping four-of-five Bronco shots for 2-1 win in shootout ... earned second CCHA goaltender of the week honor for week ending Dec. 7 after stopping 55-of-56 shots in 3-1 and 1-0 wins at Ferris State ... closed out first half with two more wins in home-and-home series against Bowling Green (3-1 and 4-3) ... also picked up assist in second game ... selected as Most Outstanding Player and to the all-tournament team at the Shillelagh Tournament after taking a pair of 3-1 decisions versus Union and Minnesota-Duluth to run unbeaten streak to 18 (16-0-2) ... pitched back-to-back shutouts at home versus Alaska (2-0, 3-0) and was selected CCHA goaltender of the week for the third time ... took a 3-2 decision on Jan. 16 at Lake Superior and then made just 11 saves in a 3-3 tie with the Lakers ... stopped three-of-four shots in shootout for 2-1 win as streak goes to 20 games (17-0-3) ... records first loss since Oct. 25 when Michigan downs the Irish, 2-1, at Joyce Center on Jan. 30 ... got back on winning track following night at Yost Arena with 36 saves in 3-2 win over Wolverines ... ran road unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1) with 17 saves in 4-3 overtime win at Ohio State (Feb. 6) ... saw that streak end on Feb. 8 with a 4-1 loss at Ohio State ... started a 10-game winning streak on Feb. 13-14 with 9-5 and 5-2 wins over Northern Michigan ... took a pair of victories at Nebraska-Omaha, making 21 saves in 4-3 overtime win (Feb. 20) and 17 saves in 1-0 win the following night that clinched the CCHA regular-season title ... earned fourth CCHA goaltender of the week award after getting a 5-0 and 2-1 win over Michigan State in final weekend of season ... recorded seventh and eighth shutouts of the season in second round of CCHA playoffs with 5-0 and 1-0 wins over Nebraska-Omaha ... eighth shutout set single-season Notre Dame record ... made 21 saves in 2-1 semifinal win over Northern Michigan and then had 28 in CCHA championship game, a 5-2 decision over Michigan ... gave up four goals on 18 shots as Irish dropped 5-1 decision to Bemidji State in first round of NCAA Tournament.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in a single-season record 43 games, making 42 starts for the Irish ... set a school mark by playing 2,557:46 minutes ... was 23-15-4 overall with a 2.04 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage ... recorded two shutouts on the year ... was 13-8-4 in CCHA action ... led the conference with a 1.80 goals-against average with a .922 save percentage ... won the CCHA's top goaltender award based on having the best goals-against average ... collected plenty of postseason hardware ... was the Notre Dame Monogram Club's team most valuable player ... received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley's Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award ... was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA second team Academic All-American on the at-Large team ... Notre Dame's Perani Cup winner for most points in the postgame three star selections ... was Notre Dame's choice for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team ... picked up first win with a 26-save, 4-0 win against Mercyhurst in the third-place game of the tourney ... shutout was the third of his career ... made 17 saves in 4-3 win against fifth-ranked Denver in home opener (Oct. 18) ... made fourth consecutive start, giving up two goals while making 25 saves in 3-1 loss to the Pioneers on Oct. 19 ... picked up third win of the season on Oct. 23 at Bowling Green, making 18 saves in 4-2 win ... turned in a 25-save performance as the Irish won a 3-2 decision at Ferris State (Oct. 26) ... made a season-high 32 saves, giving up two goals in a 3-0 loss to the Bulldogs in game two of the series ... made eighth consecutive start in a 7-3 home win against Lake Superior State (Nov. 1) ... made 12 saves in the victory that ran his record to 5-3 ... equaled a season-high with 32 saves to lead the Irish to a 2-1 upset of top-ranked Miami, in Oxford, Ohio ... had his third 32-save game of the year in game two of the series with Miami, giving up two goals in a 3-1 loss ... started a personal seven-game winning streak between Nov. 16 and Dec. 7, going 7-0-0 with a 1.45 goals-against average (13 goals against) and a .894 save percentage ... started the streak on Nov. 16 with an 11-save, 4-1 win at home against Western Michigan ... won the second game of the series in Kalamazoo, Mich., with 10 saves in a 5-1 win over the Broncos ... followed the weekend sweep with a 27-save, 2-1 victory at home versus Bowling Green (Nov. 20) ... backstopped the Irish to a 4-3 win in the championship game of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament in Troy, N.Y., by making 15 stops in a 4-3 win against R.P.I., for his fourth win in a row ... ran the streak to six straight with back-to-back home wins against Nebraska-Omaha ... won final game of his streak with 17 saves in a 4-2 win at Princeton (Dec. 7) ... seven-game streak was part of Notre Dame's 9-0-0 streak through Dec. 8 ... saw the winning streak come to an end in opening game of the Lightning Hockey Classic in Tampa, Fla. ... had 21 stops as Massachusetts rallied for two goals in the third period for a 4-3 win in the first semifinal game ... bounced back the following night with 19 saves in a 3-1 victory over Rensselaer to end the 2007 portion of the schedule ... played both games of the home-and-home series against Michigan State ... on Jan. 11 at Munn Arena gave up two goals in a 3-1 loss to the Spartans, making 27 saves on the night ... two days later at Notre Dame, made 14 saves as the Irish and Spartans battled to a 1-1 tie ... snapped out of his personal four-game winless skid on Jan. 25, giving up just one goal with 20 saves in a 6-1 home victory against Bowling Green ... made it two wins in a row in game two of the series with the Falcons, making 21 saves in a 4-1 victory at the BGSU Ice Arena ... BG series was the first of 19 consecutive starts for Pearce ... returned to his native Alaska (Feb. 15-16) taking a win and a tie against the Nanooks ... had his fourth 32-save game of the season in a 2-1 win in the series opener ... only had to make 13 saves in the second game of the series in a 1-1 tie ... returned home for two games with Ohio State ... made 20 saves in a 3-1 (two goals against) loss to the Buckeyes on Feb. 23 ... had 23 saves the following night as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie ... gave up two goals at Western Michigan on Feb. 29, making 20 saves in a 3-0 loss ... led the Irish to a 3-1 win in the regular-season finale on March 1, making 15 saves in the victory ... finished the season with a 1.80 goals-against average in CCHA play, taking the goals-against average award over Miami's Jeff Zatkoff (1.83) ... helped Notre Dame to a two games to one win over Ferris State in the second round of the CCHA playoffs ... dropped the series opener with 26 saves in a 2-1 loss on March 14 ... followed with a 22-save performance as the Irish found their offense in a 6-3 win to tie the series at 1-1 ... had 24 saves in game three as the Irish took a 2-1 decision to advance to Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA semifinals ... turned in a stellar effort versus Miami, making 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss ... made 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Northern Michigan in third-place game ... the junior goaltender continued his strong play in the NCAA touranament ... in the West Regionals, he outdueled Hobey Baker candidates Kevin Regan (UNH) and Jeff Lerg (Michigan State) to lead Notre Dame to the West Regional title .... gave up two early goals to New Hampshire, then slammed the door on the Wildcats, finishing with 32 saves in a 7-3 win over the region's top-seeded team ... held Michigan State to one goal while making 20 saves in a 3-1 victory in the regional final to send the Irish to their first Frozen Four ... at the Frozen Four stopped 29 shots as Notre Dame knocked off their second No. 1 team of the year, Michigan, 5-4 in overtime to move on to the national championship game against Boston College ... made 19 saves in a 4-1 loss to end the season ... season-ending 19-game streak for Pearce saw him go 9-7-3 with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage ... in the postseason, he was 5-4 with a 2.42 goals against and a .909 save percentage.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in just three games as he served as the back up to All-American David Brown ... was 2-1-0 in three starts with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage while turning in one shutout ... made first start of the season on Oct. 27 in opening game of the Lightning College Hockey Classic in Tampa, Fla., versus Army ... stopped all seven shots he faced in 3-0 shutout win ... returned between the pipes on Jan. 7 in a home contest against Robert Morris ... played 58:10 while stopping 11 of 15 shots in 4-2 loss to the Colonials ... two of four goals were power-play markers ... turned in best performance of the season on the road at Alaska on Feb. 17 ... played 61:22, stopping 33 of 35 shots in 3-2 overtime win for the Irish ... 33 saves were second best total of his career.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made nine appearances as a freshman with six starts ... was 4-4-0 with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage ... recorded one shutout ... finished the year with 180 saves ... surrendered 24 goals in 442:24 minutes ... made first appearance of the year at Denver on Oct. 22, giving up six goals with 17 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Pioneers ... registered first career win and shutout on Oct. 29 with a 27-save, 2-0 win over Princeton at home ... tied David Brown for the earliest shutout in a career at Notre Dame by doing it in his second game ... selected CCHA rookie-of-the-week for shutout against Tigers ... lost a 4-2 decision at Michigan on Nov. 5, stopping 25 shots in the contest ... surrendered four goals (29 saves) in a 9-4 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 10 ... did not see action again until Jan. 21 when he replaced Brown with 6:47 gone in the second period at Northern Michigan and the Irish trailing, 3-1 ... stopped all 14 shots he faced as Notre Dame rallied for a 4-3 win ... had a career-high 34 saves in 7-4 win at Bowling Green on Feb. 17 ... final appearance came in the CCHA playoffs ... in game two, replaced Brown after he was injured just 10 minutes into the contest ... made 15 saves in tough, 1-0 loss to Alaska Fairbanks.
WITH USA HOCKEY: As a member of the USA Under-18 team was 8-11-1 with a 3.57 goals-against average and a .874 save percentagge in `03-'04 ... the previous year, 2002-03, was 7-22-0 with a 3.97 goals against and a .891 save mark.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from South Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska .... also attended Lincoln Southwest in Lincoln, Neb. during his senior year, Huron High School in Ann Arbor as a sophomore and junior and Service High School in Anchorage as a freshman ... was all-Conference and all-State as a freshman at Service High School ... while playing with the Lincoln Stars in `04-'05 was 22-10-4 with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage in helping Lincoln to a second-place tie in the USHL's Western Division ... full name is Jordan Paul Pearce ... son of David and Brenda Pearce ... has one brother and one sister ... born Oct. 10, 1986, in Anchorage, Alaska ... graduated from Notre Dame on May 17, 2009 with degrees in anthropology and pre-professional studies (pre-med).