Onward To Victory provides a look back at the history of Notre Dame Hockey and behind-the-scenes access to the Fighting Irish as they prepare for the Compton Family Ice Arena dedication game against rival Boston College.
Notre Dame Men's Ice Hockey v Miami at Hockey City Classic on 02-17-2013.
Four-time monogram winner at Notre Dame ... played in 99 career games, making 91 starts for the Irish during his career ... was 43-34-13 overall with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage with two shutouts in his career ... closed career ranked fourth on all-time list in goals-against average (4th - 2.62), fifth in save percentage (.901), fifth in winning percentage (.550), seventh in wins (43) and sixth in games played (99) ... one of seven Notre Dame goaltenders to win 40 or more games in career ... as a senior was one of 11 candidates nationally for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management College Hockey Humanitarian Award ... helped lead Notre Dame to the 2011 Frozen Four as he was the most outstanding player of the Northeast Regional ... was Notre Dame's recipient of the CCHA scholar-athlete award for 2011-12 ... winner of hockey team's Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior ... selected to the CCHA all-rookie team in 2009-10.
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in eight games as a senior, making six starts ... was 4-1-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage ... picked up first win of the season in first start at Northern Michigan (Oct. 27), making 26 saves in 3-2 victory ... was injured in second start of the season, a 6-1 win over Lake Superior (Dec. 1) ... made 13 saves in 34:23 before injuring ankle in goal mouth collision ... returned to action on Jan. 15, giving up four goals on 31 shots in 4-2 loss at Bowling Green ... came on in relief of Steven Summerhays on Feb. 1 in 6-3 loss at Ohio State ... started the following night versus Buckeyes in 2-2 overtime tie, making 20 saves ... stopped all four shots in shootout with Irish winning, 1-0 ... started on Feb. 8, making 18 saves in 7-4 win over Michigan ... final start came on Senior Night as he made 26 saves in 4-1 win over Bowling Green (March 2).
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 26 of Notre Dame's 40 games, making 23 starts ... was 9-10-3 overall with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage ... selected to the CCHA's scholar-athlete team ... won Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award for hockey ... after dropping season opener to Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 7), went on personal best 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3) from Oct. 14 to Nov. 25 ... included in streak was dramatic 3-2 overtime win in "Dedication Game," at Compton Family Ice Arena versus Boston College ... made season-high 32 saves as Notre Dame scored with 1.1 seconds left in overtime win ... followed streak with five consecutive losses from Nov. 25 to Jan. 14 ... snapped losing streak on Jan. 28 with 15 saves in 4-2 win at Alaska ... made it two in a row with 2-1 win at Bowling Green (Feb. 3), making 24 saves ... ... ended the season with a personal five-game losing streak (Feb. 10 - Feb. 25) ... did not appear in any postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 36 of Notre Dame's 44 games, making 34 starts ... was 20-10-3 overall with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage ... played a career-high 2,087:40 minutes with a career-best 856 saves ... recorded one assist ... sixth goaltender in program's history to record 20 or more wins in a season ... opened the season with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) from Oct. 8 to Oct. 30 ... streak ended in 3-2 loss at Bowling Green (Nov. 5) ... made 23 stops in 3-1 win at Michigan (Nov. 12) ... had a season-high 39-save performance in 2-2 tie with Fighting Sioux (Nov. 27) ... helped the Irish to an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) to end the regular season ... played all three games of second-round playoff series versus Lake Superior ... won game one, 3-2, in overtime (24 saves), lost second game, 3-2 (35 saves) and won series-clinching game, 4-2, making 13 saves ... took the loss in CCHA semifinals versus Miami (6-2) ... played 43:21, giving up six goals on 24 shots ... bounced back with back-to-back outstanding performances in NCAA Northeast Regional ... made 32 saves in 4-3 win in overtime against Merrimack (March 26) ... stopped 37-of-38 shots in 2-1 win over New Hampshire to send Irish to the Frozen Four ... named to Northeast Regional all-tournament team ... named most valuable player of Northeast Regional ... closed the season with a 4-3 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in NCAA Frozen Four ... had 17 saves versus the Bulldogs ... appeared in seven postseason games, going 4-3 with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 29 games, making 28 starts for the Irish ... was 10-13-5 on the year with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage ... selected to the CCHA all-rookie team and was Notre Dame's rookie of the year ... winner of Notre Dame's Perani Cup Award as the team's top vote getter in three stars of the game voting ... got career off to a fast start on Oct. 16, blanking Providence College, 2-0, with 29 saves ... became the second Notre Dame goaltender in as many years to earn a shutout in his first career start ... defeated Colgate, 5-2, in opening game of the Shillelagh Tournament opener, making 23 saves ... stopped 25 shots the following night in 3-3 tie in title game with North Dakota ... stopped four-of-five shots in shoot out to give Irish the tournament win ... selected to the Shillelagh Tournament all-tournament team ... earned CCHA goaltender of the week honors (Jan. 24) after stopping 71-of-73 shots in win and tie over Lake Superior State ... was 0-2-0 with a 5.35 goals-against average and a .810 save percentage in two postseason games.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wis., in June of 2007 ... played hockey while in high school for the Madison Capitols AAA ... played one season of junior hockey in the USHL with Cedar Rapids (`08-'09) and one in the NAHL with St. Louis (`07-'08) ... tied for second in the league in shutouts (3) ... was third in wins (25), fifth in minutes played (2,263:41) and sixth in save percentage (.909) ... played for the North squad in the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star game ... started his junior career in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the St. Louis Bandits ... helped the Bandits to the Robertson Cup title where he was 3-0-1 with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in four starts ... for the `07-'08 campaign, was 21-3-1 with a 2.56 goals against and a .909 save percentage ... also saw playing time in `07-'08 with Cedar Rapids, playing in two games with a 1-1-0 record, a 2.01 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage ...full name is Michael A. Johnson ... son of Bobbi Johnson ... has one brother, Eric, a member of the Notre Dame hockey team, and one sister, Lauren ... graduated with degrees in sociology and computer applications in May of 2013 from the University of Notre Dame.