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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Busy weekend for Ohio's CCHA teams

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo courtesy: Miami (Ohio) athletics

NOTE: Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for information on college hockey, and he breaks down the action from Ohio's CCHA teams in this blog.

Friday: Complete effort ensures eight straight for Miami

Miami extended its unbeaten streak to eight games by defeating Lake Superior State 3-2. Lakers junior forward Kellan Lain opened the scoring on the power play, but the RedHawks answered with three straight goals from freshmen forwards Kevin Morris, Sean Kuraly and Riley Barber. Miami freshman goaltender Jay Williams stopped 23-of-25.

"It was one of those nights where you have to find a way to score and the best way to do it is to crash the net for those two goals and then Barber made it 3-1," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said. "When you play Lake Superior, every game on the ice is contested. You have to stay composed and find a way to win. I think when you play a Lake Superior team you have to be ready to compete. All three zones need to be very cleaned up. We've got to make plays from there."

Saturday: Goaltending is the saving grace for Lakers in shutout win

Lake Superior State junior goaltender Kevin Murdock made 46 saves and senior forward Domenic Monardo scored the only goal of the game as the Lakers earned a weekend split at Miami with a 1-0 victory. Miami freshman goaltender Ryan McKay made 28 saves in the loss.

Miami peppered 91 shots on goal during the weekend series.

"I think we worked hard," Blasi said. "It was one of those nights where the puck wasn't going in. Lake Superior played great. They blocked a lot of shots and their penalty kill was pretty good. We didn't see a whole lot of second chances. That is partially due to them doing a real good job of getting pucks out and maybe we weren't as hungry as we needed to be around the net."

Friday: Early goal not fruitful for Buckeyes in non-conference loss

Ohio State held two leads in the game, but eventually fell to Robert Morris 3-2 in non-conference action. Sophomore forwards Matt Johnson and Max McCormick scored for the Buckeyes, with McCormick’s tally coming on the power play. Ohio State senior goaltender Brady Hjelle made 24 saves in the loss.

The Buckeyes allowed more than two goals for just the second time in the last seven games. The team ranks Top 10 in the NCAA, holding opponents to 1.93 goals a game. The Buckeyes lost for just the second time in the last seven games.

Ohio State forward Tanner Fritz handles the puck against Northern Michigan in a recent game at Value City Arena.

Saturday: Buckeyes get two tallies from defensemen in 2-2 tie

Ohio State freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple’s goal with 3:24 left in regulation helped the Buckeyes earn a 2-2 tie with Robert Morris at 84 Lumber Arena. Senior defenseman Devon Krough’s second period power play goal tied the game at 1-1, and senior goaltender Brady Hjelle made 37 saves, including five in overtime. Hjelle is now third in the NCAA with a 1.46 goals-against average and second nationally with a .950 save percentage.

Friday: Bowling Green uses efficient offense in win over Nanooks

Falcons senior goaltender Andrew Hammond made 39 saves, including 21 in the third period, backstopping Bowling Green to a 3-2 win over Alaska to snap a six-game winless streak. Junior forward Bryce Williamson opened the scoring for the Falcons, who got goals later in the contest from junior forward Brett Mohler and freshman forward Mark Cooper.

“(Bowling Green goalie) Andrew Hammond showed his worth tonight and that is how he can play when he is on his game,” Mohler said. He also said his third-period goal was actually a whiff, but "it counts on the scoreboard. We needed that one.”

Saturday: Falcons scratch out a tie in Fairbanks

Hammond made 41 saves and sophomore forward Adam Berkle scored an extra-attacker goal with 56 seconds left in regulation to help the Falcons earn a 3-3 tie at Alaska. After a scoreless overtime period, Nanooks senior forward Andy Taranto scored the only goal in the shootout to help Alaska earn the extra point.

Freshman forward Mark Cooper and junior forward Cam Wojtala also scored for Bowling Green, and senior defenseman Robert Shea and sophomore forward Dan DeSalvo each had two assists. Alaska freshman goaltender John Keeney stopped 28 shots in the contest.

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