Notre Dame goalie Cale Morris (Larkspur, Colo.), who led the nation in save percentage (.969) and goals-against average (1.12) last month while going 8-0-0 with three shutouts, was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for November.
The 6-1, 190-pound sophomore was named the HCA Player of the Month for the first time in his career after allowing just nine goals in eight games while recording at least 40 saves in three contests. Morris currently leads the nation in both save percentage (.955) and winning percentage (.929) this season and is tied for the national lead with 13 victories.
Morris opened the month with a pair of victories at Ohio State, stopping 62 of the 65 shots he faced in the series, including 22 in the third period of a 3-2 victory in the series finale on Nov. 4. The following weekend in a series sweep of Penn State, Morris recorded 40 saves for the first time in his career on Nov. 10, then notched his first-career shutout on Nov. 11. Following a pair of wins at Rensselaer, Morris led Notre Dame to a sweep of Minnesota by making at least 40 saves in both contests and allowing only two goals on the weekend.
Morris was named one of the Big Ten’s Three Stars in all four weeks of November, including three straight First Star selections to end the month. This made him the first player in Big Ten history to claim the conference’s top weekly honor in three consecutive weeks, a record he added to earlier this week when he was named the Big Ten First Star for the fourth straight week.