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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Bill Davidge's Weekend Roundup

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

(Photo courtesy of Miami athletics department)

Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information in the state of Ohio. He checks in with his latest update on CCHA action in the Buckeye State.

Friday: Miami skates to shootout win over Michigan State

After getting a chance to call some ECHL hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones and our affiliate Evansville Icemen on Thursday night, I ventured back to my coaching training ground at Miami University for a Friday night contest against the Michigan State Spartans. The NHL lockout did not damper the collegiate crowd with scouts and NHL celebrities in the building. Chris Chelios was in attendance to watch his son Jake take the ice for the Spartans, but it proved to be a successful night for the RedHawks.

For the second time in as many games, sophomore forward Alex Wideman scored the shootout winner as the fourth-ranked RedHawks earned a 2-2 draw against Michigan State at Steve Cady Arena before earning the extra shootout point in the CCHA standings. It was a fast-paced affair and the skill level was extraordinary. In watching Miami, there was not a weak link on the ice -- that team can fly and puck skills were dominating. It was a true pleasure to watch this contest in a full building.

Saturday: RedHawks dominate second tilt and get a deserved win

Miami left little undecided as it played a full 60 minutes of hockey on Saturday. The RedHawks controlled play from start to finish in a 2-0 victory over Michigan State to stay in first place in the CCHA after the weekend series.

"I think our effort from start to finish was there," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said. "We challenged our guys to play 60 minutes. I think that this was the closest we've been to that all year. I thought our guys did a nice job of continuing to put on pressure. Guys were doing what we asked them to do."

Senior Curtis McKenzie redirected a shot just under the crossbar for his third goal of the year and Wideman then sealed the game with an insurance goal with 3:45 remaining in the contest.

Friday: Hjelle makes 20 saves as Ohio State blanks Northern Michigan

Miami showed it took a team effort to sweep the Spartans, and Buckeyes head coach Mark Osiecki said it was a full cast of clientele that propelled the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-0 victory over No. 19 Northern Michigan Friday night in Value City Arena. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle stopped all 20 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, while junior Travis Statchuk and sophomore Max McCormick scored for the Buckeyes and Ryan Dzingel had two assists.

Saturday: Buckeyes finish weekend sweep with 4-2 victory

Third-period goals from juniors Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane lifted Ohio State to a 4-2 victory and series sweep of Northern Michigan Saturday in the Schott. Ohio State outshot Northern Michigan 42-14 on the evening. Freshman Collin Olson played the entire contest for Ohio State and had 12 saves on the night. The sweep was the Buckeyes’ first of the year and first since Dec. 2-3, 2011 vs. Lake Superior State.

Friday: Bowling Green scrapes out a point against Ferris State

The Falcons dropped a 4-3 decision to Ferris State Friday night, falling to the Bulldogs in overtime at the BGSU Ice Arena. Sophomores Dan DeSalvo, Ryan Carpenter and Adam Berkle all scored for Bowling Green, while senior Andrew Hammond (1-5-1) stopped 23-of-27 shots in the loss.

“There are no shortcuts with this hockey team…inconsistency is where we are,” Falcons head coach Chris Bergeron said.

It looks as though there are some positive things going for the Falcons, but too many turnovers and the loss of momentum appears to be the same thing that is happening in practice -- and it's translating to bad results during games.

Saturday: Falcons never take off and fall 3-1 to the Bulldogs

Bowling Green lost to Ferris State again on Saturday night, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Bulldogs in the second game of their two-game home series. Junior Bryce Williamson scored the lone goal for the Falcons, while freshman Tommy Burke turned away 12-of-14 shots in the loss.

The Falcons continued their inconsistent play and it proved to cost them yet another game. Bergeron is a true coach…he takes the blame and says this all comes back to him, but one thing is for certain: Monday will come and the work list will be posted with the goal of winning in mind!

“We were brought in here to turn it around and we have yet to do it,” Bergeron said.

They will put in the work, and I would expect to see a rise in production with the Falcon offense in the near future.

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