College Hockey Roundup: Feb. 2
CBJ TV analyst Bill Davidge recaps last weekend's CCHA action in the state of Ohio
4-1 Win For RedHawks Over Nanooks: "You can see why they are a top team," Miami coach Enrico 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 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," 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 Mark 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 turnaround 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.