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2021 IIHF World Championship: Notre Dame Alums Matt Hellickson, Cal Petersen Win Bronze with Team USA

Petersen recorded a 1.29 goals-against average and .953 save percentage with two shoutouts to be named the Best Goaltender of the tournament.


Former Notre Dame standouts Matt Hellickson and Cal Petersen won bronze with the United States at the 2021 IIHF World Championship on Sunday in Riga, Latvia.

Petersen made 33 saves in Team USA’s 6-1 win against Germany. Hellickson had two shots in 16:00 of ice time.

Petersen was named the Best Goaltender of the tournament. He was 5-2 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .953 save percentage with two shoutouts for the United States in seven tournament games. His goals-against average is the second-best by a U.S. goalie at one Worlds tournament, trailing Ed Maki’s 1.13 GAA in 1939.

Hellickson had an assist against Germany in group play for his lone point of the tournament.

Petersen was 9-18-5 with a 2.89 GAA and .911 SV% in 35 games this past season for the Los Angeles Kings. He’s 19-25-6 with a 2.79 GAA and .916 SV% in 54 NHL games from 2018-21. He was 55-39-15 with a 2.30 GAA and .924 SV% in 110 games from 2014-17 before signing with Los Angeles.

Hellickson played five AHL games for the Binghamton Devils after he finished his senior season at Notre Dame this spring. He scored 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) in 146 games for the Irish.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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