Men's Ice Hockey



Irish Win Against Alabama-Hunstville, 3-1

The Notre Dame Hockey team got their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.

Earned three monograms during his Notre Dame career ... outstanding student-athlete who graduated from Notre Dame's honors physics pro- gram ... saw action in five games as a senior, mak- ing two starts ... was 1-1-0 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage ... appeared in seven career games, making four starts over his final three seasons ... was 2-1-0 with a 2.47 goals- against average and a .881 save percentage with one shutout ... hard-working student-athlete who made the most of his opportunity to play for the Irish ... played junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the North American Hockey League before joining the Notre Dame hockey program.

AS A SENIOR: Saw action in five games during the `09-'10 campaign, making two starts ... was 1-1-0 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage ... won first start of the season on Oct. 10 versus Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1 ... gave up one goal while making 13 saves ... played final 12:57 of 4-1 loss at Michigan (Dec. 11) in relief of Mike Johnson, stopping all six shots he faced ... made second start of the year on Jan. 10 versus Ferris State, dropping a 4-2 decision ... stopped 29 of 33 shots in the game ... came on in relief of Johnson on Feb. 6 at Western Michigan ... played final 38:45, stopping six of seven shots in a 4-1 loss to Broncos ... played the final two periods in sea- son-ending 8-2 loss to Ohio State in game two of the CCHA first round playoff series ... gave up four goals on 16 shots.

AS A JUNIOR: Made two starts, playing a total of 81:29 ... was 1-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against aver- age and a .920 save percentage with one shutout ... made first career start on Oct. 18 versus Sacred Heart ... made 17 saves in 7-0 win over the Pioneers ... became the first goaltender in Notre Dame his- tory to record a shutout in his first career start ... made second start on Nov. 29 at home against Western Michigan ... played the first 23:15 of the game, giving up two goals while making six saves ... Jordan Pearce played remainder of game in a 3-3 overtime tie.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not play in any games ... dressed as team's third goaltender behind Jordan Pearce and Brad Phillips.

AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play in any games ... dressed as team's third goaltender behind David Brown and Jordan Pearce.

PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. ... played lacrosse and club hockey ... was team cap- tain and played midget hockey for the Chicago Young Americans in `03-'04 ... was 21-20-10 with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .931 save per- centage ... played his first season of junior hockey (`04-'05) in the NAHL with the Youngstown/ Mahoning Valley Phantoms ... was 7-7-1 with a 3.35 goals against and a .898 save percentage in 18 games ... won the NAHL's Academic Achievement Award while with the Phantoms ... moved to the EJHL with the Bridgwater Bandits in 2005-06 and was 13-8-2 overall with a 2.93 goals- against average and a .920 save percentage in helping Bridgewater to a third-place finish ... selected as the starting goaltender for the EJHL all-star game ... was seventh in the league in goals- against average, sixth in wins and third in save percentage ... member of the EJHL Junior Select team that won the Hockey Night In Boston All- Scholastic championship ... selected all-Scholastic tournament MVP ... has Notre Dame in his blood as 10 members of his family are graduates, includ- ing his father, Thomas, Sr., (`72) and grandfather, Michael McCaughey (`41) ... full name is Thomas Robert O'Brien ... son of Thomas and Gael O'Brien ... born Apr. 28, 1987 in Chicago, Ill. ... graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in physics. games with two of the goals being game winners ... full name is Michel Christiaan Minella ... son of Daniel and Melissa Minella ... born July 5, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business.

O'Brien's Career Statistics

Year GP/GS W-L-T Time GA GAA Saves Save Pct. Shutouts
2006-07 Did Not Play
2007-08 Did Not Play
2008-09 2/2 1-0-0 81:29 2 1.47 23 .920 1
2009-10 5/2 1-1-0 209:59 10 2.86 66 .868 0

Tom O'Brien
Tom  O'Brien


Mokena, IL

High School:
Marian Catholic

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 208



Last Team:
Bridgewater Bandits (EJHL)

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