CCHA ESSENTIAL – “Need to know” items from this week in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association
February 18, 2013
Alaska- The Nanooks were swept by Lake Superior in Sault St. Marie, Mich., for the second time in as many visits and have now dropped four straight road games after being swept in Oxford, Ohio by Miami on Feb. 8-9.
Bowling Green- Junior forward Junior Cam Wojtala’s game-tying tally in Friday’s 2-1 win at Ferris State marked his first goal since the Falcons’ 3-0 win against Niagara on Dec. 29, and snapped a 12-game goal drought.
Ferris State- Saturday’s ‘Senior Night’ honored the Bulldogs’ class of forwards Kyle Bonis, Matthew Kirzinger, Eric Alexander and Travis Ouellette and goaltender Rob Granett prior to their final home game of the regular season.
Lake Superior- The Lakers will promote autism awareness during their final home series against Miami this weekend and will pay tribute to the squad’s four seniors following Saturday’s game.
Miami- With Friday’s 3-1 win over Notre Dame, the RedHawks clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming CCHA playoffs for an eighth straight year and also secured home ice for the second round.
Michigan- Former Wolverines’ star Brendan Morrison, a two-time CCHA Player of the Year, three-time All-American and the 1997 Hobey Baker Award winner was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State- After going 27 games without a short-handed goal to start the season, the Spartans have three in their last five games. Senior forward Chris Forfar and junior forwards Greg Wolfe and Lee Reimer have scored them.
Northern Michigan- Senior forward Brian Nugent scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Michigan State. Three of Nugent’s eight career goals have come against the Spartans.
Notre Dame- Notre Dame’s 2-1 win in the outdoor game at Chicago’s Soldier Field snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) for the Irish against Miami. The win was the first for the Irish against the RedHawks since Dec. 3, 2010.
Ohio State- The Buckeyes’ line of junior Alex Szczechura (3-1-4) and sophomores Tanner Fritz (1-3-4) and Max McCormick (1-2-3) combined for 11 points in the Ohio State’s 6-3 win against Western Michigan on Saturday.
Western Michigan- Ohio State junior forward Alex Szczechura, brother of former Broncos’ forward Paul Szczechura, netted the first hat trick against Western Michigan since Miami’s Reilly Smith on Jan. 20, 2012.
Celebrate the Legacy – On Feb. 17, 1990, In Bowling Green’s last league game of the season, senior forward Nelson Emerson registered his 220th CCHA point – the first goal in a 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago – to become the league’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Western Michigan’s Dan Dorion by a single point.