Could we be watching the next Ryan Miller without recognizing it?
Notre Dame’s sophomore netminder Cale Morris is putting up one of the best statistical season in NCAA’s recent history, but should he be considered for the Hobey Baker (college puck MVP)?
He has to be. And here’s why;
As an undersized tender (generously listed at 6’1″), Morris has stepped into a massive role with the Irish, after only playing ONE PERIOD his freshman season. Filling the shoes of Cal Peterson isn’t easy and posting a .945 Sv% and a 1.91 GAA is outstanding.
Half of Morris’ losses this season came against Frozen Four finalists. The others came against a DU squad that was ranked best in the nation with one of the best forward groups in college puck. The other was a good old fashion barn whooping by Wisco and a close loss against Michigan State who were playing for their lives.
The most recent goaltender to win the Baker was Ryan Miller (Mich St) in 2001, he was by far on the best defensive team that year so the inflated numbers argument is irrelevant. MSU only lost five times all year, but when it came to the big dance they struggled as a team and it wasn’t Miller’s fault why he couldn’t bring home any hardware. Both of Miller’s tourney losses came in the fashion of 2-0, if you blame a 2-0 loss on a goalie or try taint someones season by it you’re off your rocker.
Cale Morris leading Notre Dame at the pace he is this season is simply amazing. To compare him to other college hockey greats isn’t far off and the kid still has the brightest stage to shine on. It pains me to say it as someone who can’t stand the cocky, unnecessary, absurd gold buckets that ND wears and everything else about that school. But this kid deserves some serious attention and if you’re not tuned in when they take on Michigan in the semi’s you could be blinking on something special.
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