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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Friday Night CCHA Lights

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

NOTE: Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information, and in his weekly blog, he updates us on all the action from Ohio's CCHA clubs.

Friday: Miami cruises to a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan

Three power play goals helped No. 5 Miami (Ohio) down No. 16 Northern Michigan, 5-2, Friday night at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center. Sophomore Austin Czarnik, along with freshmen Riley Barber and Matthew Caito, all had multi-point games for the RedHawks. Barber and Czarnik both had a goal and two assists to tie career highs with three points each while Caito had a score and a helper for his first multi-point effort. Miami sophomore forward Cody Murphy and senior forward Curtis McKenzie rounded out the host's scoring in the first game of two on the weekend.

Saturday: Miami’s rally cry leads to thrilling shootout win

Sophomore forward Alex Wideman tied the game with 2:13 remaining in regulation to force overtime, and later netted the shootout winner as the RedHawks earned a 2-2 draw against Northern Michigan at Steve Cady Arena. Miami earned the extra point in the CCHA standings with a win in the shootout.

"(Our goaltenders) made some good saves and battled through some adversity," Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. "As a coaching staff, we are really happy with the way our team stuck together."

Friday: Bowling Green's slow start hurts in loss to Western Michigan

The Falcons fell to the Broncos by a 3-1 final in the first game of their home-and-home series. Junior Bryce Williamson scored the lone Falcons goal, while senior Andrew Hammond stopped 29-of-32 shots in the loss.

Bowling Green was held scoreless on the power play for the seventh straight game, going 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Western Michigan was 1-for-5 on the night, marking the second straight game that the Falcons have allowed a power play goal.

Saturday: Falcons rebound with a point in shootout loss

After a disappointing defeat on Friday, Bowling Green battled to a 2-2 tie with Western Michigan Saturday night, eventually falling in a shootout. Sophomore Ryan Carpenter and junior Andrew Wallace scored for the Falcons, while freshman Tommy Burke stopped 18-of-20 shots in the contest.

Friday: Buckeyes get shootout win in their home opener

I had the chance to watch this contest live at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Friday night. This was your typical college game of speed and a little chip and chase, and the skill set prevailed as the game entered the third period. Alaska has a solid team from all aspects, but especially on the blue line -- they have some talented young defensemen who are NHL prospects. The Buckeyes were besieged by injuries throughout the game, especially a concerning leg injury to skilled freshman Anthony Greco

Ohio State opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win as Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 34 saves in the Buckeye net through the overtime period. In the shootout, redshirt freshman Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board and Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round. It was a game that Alaska appeared to have in hand.

Saturday: Alaska's penalty kill helps secure road win and weekend split

Despite 42 saves from freshman goalie Collin Olson, the Buckeyes lost to Alaska 3-1 on Saturday in Columbus. Buckeye junior Chris Crane put Ohio State ahead 1-0 at 19:15 of the first period with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Ohio State maintained the lead until the Nanooks’ Colton Beck scored on the power play with 60 seconds remaining in the second period. Alaska’s Jarret Granberg tallied the go-ahead goal at 7:39 of the third, just four seconds after an Alaska power play expired. Adam Henderson sealed the win with a shorthanded goal with 1:18 left in regulation while Ohio State was skating on a major power play. The demise of the Buckeyes was their inept power play throughout most of the weekend.

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