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Robbie Russo And Steven Summerhays Honored By The CCHA

Sophomore defenseman Robbie Russo was named the CCHA Gladiator Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Michigan series last week.

Nov. 19, 2012

Notre Dame, Ind. - University of Notre Dame sophomore defenseman Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) and junior goaltender Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, Alaska) have been named the CCHA Gladiator defenseman of the week and the conference's goaltender of the week respectively for the week ending Nov. 18th. The Irish duo was instrumental in Notre Dame's sweep at Michigan on Nov. 15-16. That marked the first time since Feb. 3-4, 1978 that the Irish had won a series at Yost Arena.

Russo was part of a Notre Dame defensive unit that combined with Summerhays to limit Michigan's second-ranked offensive attack (4.22 goals per game) to just one goal each night while also playing his part in the Irish offensive attack. In Thursday's 3-1 win at Yost Arena, Russo assisted on Bryan Rust's (Jr., Novi, Mich.) game-winning goal. He had two shots on goal and was even on the night. In Friday's 4-1 win, Russo scored twice for the first multiple-goal game of his career. He had three shots on goal with a pair of blocked shots and was +2 for the game.

Russo gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead at 11:41 of the first period on the power play. His long shot from the right point beat Wolverine goaltender Steve Racine low to the ice and inside the left post for Russo's third goal of the season. He added an insurance goal into an empty net with 43 seconds left to close the scoring at 4-1 after Michigan pulled Racine in favor of a sixth attacker with two minutes left in the game. After 11 games this season, the talented blue liner already has equaled his goal out put of 2011-12 when he had four goals in 40 games. He is tied for second on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists for seven points. His 34 shots are second on the team and he is +3 for the season.

For Summerhays, this marks his second CCHA goaltender of the week award as he was honored for his play in the first week of the season (Oct. 15). Against Michigan, the junior stopped 52-of-54 shots in the two games for a .963 save percentage and one goal in each game. He helped Notre Dame's penalty killers stop all seven Wolverine power-play attempts in the series.

 

 

In the 3-1 win on Nov. 15, Summerhays stopped 24-of-25 shots with the lone Michigan goal coming off a turnover in his own zone. The Wolverines were 0-for-2 on the power play on the night.

In Friday's 4-1 win, the Irish goaltender stopped 28-of-29 shots with Michigan getting its only goal in the second period. Summerhays and his penalty-killing teammates stopped all five Wolverine power-play chances. In both games, the former Green Bay Gambler, kept the game tied until the third period when the Irish offense broke the contests open with two goals on Thursday and three on Friday.

For the season, Summerhays is now 7-3-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage plus two shutouts. He currently leads the CCHA in wins (7) and goals-against average (1.51). He is fourth in save percentage and tied for first with two shutouts.

Notre Dame is currently 8-3-0 overall and 5-1-0-0 in the CCHA for 15 points and is currently tied for second in the CCHA. The Irish are ranked sixth in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the USCHO.com rankings. They open a six-game homestand this weekend, Nov. 23-24, when the Notre Dame plays host to the University of North Dakota at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Friday's game has a 7:35 p.m. start time while Saturday's game begins at 5:05 p.m.

Event Calendar

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October 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 3
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 11
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 8
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
December 9
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
January 5
7:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
January 7
5:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 20
7:05 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 26
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
January 27
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
February 2
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 16
7:35 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 18
5:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
February 23
7:35 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 24
7:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
March 2
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March 10
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March 17
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March 23
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April 5
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NCAA Frozen Four
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April 7
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