Friday Flashback: Pearce dominated the net for Notre Dame
Anchorage’s Jordan Pearce was a catalyst for Notre Dame hockey’s success in the late 2000s and a big reason why the Irish advanced to the 2008 NCAA championship game.
That year as a junior he won CCHA Goaltender of the Year honors and outdueled two Hobey Baker candidates in the playoffs before knocking off No. 1 Michigan to help Notre Dame reach its first Frozen Four.
He stood on his head as a senior, rattling off a 10-game winning streak and leading the NCAA in wins (30) and shutouts (8). With the Alaskan in net, the Irish spent seven weeks ranked No. 1 in the country.
Pearce was somehow left off the all-conference team in 2009 and responded by earning MVP honors at the CCHA Tournament after going 4-0 with a 0.75 GAA.
Pearce, of South High fame, played at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2009 and still ranks No. 1 in school history in career winning percentage (.679) and GAA (1.90) in 94 appearances.
His 59 career wins are tied for No. 1 all-time among Alaska goalies to play at the NCAA D1 level. His career .918 save percentage ranks third all-time among Alaskans.
After college, Pearce played five years of pro hockey in the minor leagues. He won a career-high 20 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2010-11 season.
Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.