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Meet Sabres prospect Cal Petersen

Current Team: Notre Dame

Position: Goalie

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 190 lbs.

Stats: 19-11-7, .927 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average in 37 NCAA games

Drafted: 5th round (129th overall) in the 2013 draft by Buffalo

Resume: Petersen was made famous outside the Buffalo and South Bend communities when he set an NCAA record with 87 saves in a five-overtime loss to Massachusetts as a freshman. Although he's etched himself into record and trivia books for the time being, people are asking him about it a bit less than last year.

"Maybe it's fading in people's memories," Petersen said.

The game was one of many standout performances for the Notre Dame goalie in his two seasons at the school. He started all 37 games as a sophomore for the Fighting Irish, finishing first in the nation in percentage of team minutes played and 12th in save percentage. He was stellar against the difficult Hockey East Conference, finishing in the top three in the conference in both save percentage and goals against average.

"I made very good strides individually, being able to be a guy that's relied upon," Petersen said. "That was a goal of mine."

"I'm extremely happy that I chose college hockey and to play at Notre Dame. It's tremendously helpful and a great development opportunity from an on-ice and off-ice standpoint."

How would you describe your game?

"I pride myself on being a good skater and being able to move around the crease quick and efficiently. That's a big thing. Also, being able to make a big stop, that's kind of my deal, and just being strong around the net."

What player do you model your game after?

"I watch Carey Price a little bit. Obviously him being the best goaltender in the world, it's an easy guy to model after. He's gotten more aggressive and he's a tremendous skater. Just taking pieces of the best goalies in the world and trying to fit them into your game and emulate them is a bit thing for me."

What are your goals for this season?

"We need to get a championship to Notre Dame, whether that's in Hockey East or a National Championship. That's obviously our big end goal. Personally, it's to continue to carry the ball and be a guy that can be relied upon every night. Obviously there's statistical goals to reach, but I think the main thing is being a powerhouse in Hockey East and being one of the best goalies in college hockey."

Why do you wear No. 40?

"It's just the first number I got when I turned goalie. It was probably the biggest jersey that they had. So I was No. 40 and I figured I'd stick with it. It's kind of a unique number so it helps stand me out from the pack."

What’s something you like to do off the ice?

"I golf a lot. The team is really into golfing. That's kind of a big thing for us. Other than that, we're a really tight-knit group at school. We spent a lot of time fishing, swimming or whatnot off the ice when we can. It's a cool part of college, just having that relationship of being with your team every day."

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