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CCHA roundup: Future NCHC foes remain on top

Published: February 23, 2013, 5:29 pm, by Joe Paisley

D5313 Hockey vs Western MichiganFrom the CCHA …

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Miami beat Lake Superior to stay atop the league standings, while Northern Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan also won.  Western Michigan topped Notre Dame in a shootout after playing to a 3-3 tie. 

Sault St. Marie, Mich. – Senior forward Marc Hagel’s second goal of the game with 6:26 left in regulation broke a 4-4 tie and Miami defeated Lake Superior, 5-4. Freshman defenseman Matthew Caito, freshman forward Riley Barber and sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin also scored for the RedHawks. Senior forward Domenic Monardo scored twice, and junior defenseman Zach Sternberg and junior forward Dan Radke each finished with a 1-1-2 scoring line for the Lakers.  Miami freshman goaltender Jay Williams made 25 saves in the win, while Lake Superior junior goaltender Kevin Murdock stopped 46 shots in the loss.

Bowling Green, Ohio – Junior forward Stephan Vigier finished with a 2-1-3 scoring line to lead Northern Michigan to a 5-2 win at Bowling Green. Sophomore forward Mitch Jones and junior forward Erik Higby each had a goal and an assist, and sophomore forward Ryan Daugherty added a single marker for the Wildcats. Sophomore forward Ryan Carpenter and sophomore defenseman Connor Kucera scored for the Falcons.  Northern Michigan junior goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 37 shots in the win, while Bowling Green freshman goaltender Tommy Burke made 16 saves in the loss.

Fairbanks, Alaska - Junior goaltender Will Yanakeff stopped 37 shots and junior forward Greg Wolfe scored the only goal of the game to lead Michigan State to a 1-0 shutout win at Alaska.  Freshman goaltender John Keeney made 13 saves for the Nanooks in the loss.

Columbus, Ohio – Sophomore forward Alex Guptill scored twice to lead Michigan to a 5-3 win at Ohio State. Despite the loss the Buckeyes clinched a first-round playoff bye. The Wolverines also got goals from junior forwards Derek DeBlois and Luke Moffatt, and freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba finished with a 1-2-3 scoring line. Sophomore forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel each had single goals and sophomore forward Tanner Fritz had a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes. Michigan freshman goaltender Steve Racine made 29 saves in the win, while senior goaltender Brady Hjelle stopped 29 shots for Ohio State in the loss.

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Junior forward Chase Balisy scored the decisive goal in the shootout as Western Michigan played to a 3-3 tie/shootout win against Notre Dame that clinched home ice for the second round of the playoffs for both the Broncos and the Irish.  Western Michigan took a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals from sophomore forwards Justin Kovacs and Will Kessel and also got a third-period marker from freshman forward Nolan LaPorte. Notre Dame got a first-period goal from junior forward David Gerths, a second-period marker from junior forward Bryan Rust and sophomore forward Austin Wuthrich scored with 8:50 left in regulation to tie the game, 3-3. Western Michigan sophomore goaltender Frank Slubowski stopped 25 shots, while junior goaltender Steven Summerhays made 22 saves for Notre Dame.