College Hockey Roundup: Feb. 2

CBJ TV analyst Bill Davidge recaps last weekend's CCHA action in the state of Ohio

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 10:00 AM
Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

4-1 Win For RedHawks Over Nanooks

"You can see why they are a top team," Miami coach Blasi said of Alaska. "They never

quit and they have good speed. That game could've gone either way. We got the bounces

tonight for sure. Our PK has been pretty good. They had an opportunity there at the end

to score and they hit the crossbar. For the most part, we did a nice job of keeping them to

the outside and blocking shots. Jay made some huge saves tonight."

Miami hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and added a pair of

empty-netters late to extend its win streak to four games with a 4-1 victory.

RedHawks Move to CCHA Lead with 6-2 Thrashing of Alaska

Behind a pair of goals each from freshmen forwards Riley Barber and Kevin Morris, the

Miami hockey team moved into first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association

as they cemented a sweep over Alaska on Saturday night with a 6-2 win.

"For us to get that one-goal lead going into the third really kind of settled us down," MU

coach Blasi said. "I don't know if it gave us the full momentum but it did settle us down

a bit. I thought the first ten minutes we played well. I felt like the next 30 minutes Alaska

really took it to us with their speed, transition game and power play. They just kept

coming. We were very defensive," Blasi said. "I felt that, in the third period we came out

with a little bit better intensity, obviously we got a couple opportunistic goals there and

that was it."

Buckeyes Explode Over CCHA Leading Irish 6-3

"When you have guys that are constantly together and understand their positions, you get

good chemistry and that's what was out there tonight. I liked our team in the third period,

we were stingy, we knew how to protect a two-goal lead and we did a good job overall."

Coach Osiecki was pleased with his teams’ performance at home over Notre Dame.

Trailing 1-0 following the first period, Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:03 span

while on a major power play to take a 3-1 lead just 3:12 into the second period. The

Irish responded with two goals in a 54-second span to deadlock the game at 3. The

Buckeyes then broke the tie with a goal at 16:05 of the period and regained their two-goal

advantage 1:46 later with a power play score. The final goal was an empty-net tally in the

final minute of regulation to seal the win.

Brady Hjelle Returns To Form in 3-2 Shootout Loss to ND

Behind a career-high 45 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, Ohio State skated to a 2-2

overtime tie, only to lose in the shootout.

Coach Osiecki commented after the game…. “We had a hard time getting out of our

zone. I thought Notre Dame played extremely well. They played desperate and had us

on our heels. We played tough though. When you find a way to hang tight and to keep

it close, that’s when you need some of your big guns to step up and steal the game.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight. We had a hard time getting out of our zone.

I thought Notre Dame played extremely well. They played desperate and had us on our

heels. We played tough though. When you find a way to hang tight and to keep it close,

that’s when you need some of your big guns to step up and steal the game. Unfortunately,

that didn’t happen tonight.”

Offense Rolls Again for Falcon Win over the Soo 4-1

Bowling Green defeated the Lake Superior State Lakers on Friday night at the BGSU Ice

Arena, by a final of 4-1. Brett Mohler, Dajon Mingo, Dan DeSalvo and Ben Murphy all

scored for the Falcons, while goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 25-of-26 shots on

the night.

The coaching staff has been preaching to drive to the net and success would be found.

Manufacturing offense has been a season long lesson and Friday night the signs of a turn

around were evident.

Saturday Night Explosion Results in 7-3 Trouncing of the Lakers.

Bowling Green dominated the Soo in a 7-3 victory. Brent Tate, Mike Sullivan, Ryan

Carpenter, Bryce Williamson and Dajon Mingo all scored for the Falcons, including a

two-goal output from Mark Cooper. Senior goaltender Andrew Hammond turned away

27-of-30 shots in the win, improving his record to 8-10-3 between the pipes.

The Falcons had one of their better nights on the power play, converting 2-of-5

opportunities. Puck movement and traffic in the high rent district proved to be the

difference. The Lakers were once again held scoreless with the man advantage, going 0-

for-4 on the night.

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