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Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information, and as a former head coach at Miami University, he's got a keen eye for the happenings around the game.
Davidge checks in here with his latest college hockey update for the CBJ Today, bringing us up to speed on the first week of action for Ohio's collegiate squads.
Game 1: No. 5 Miami at No. 6 Michigan
Two high-powered teams split first CCHA series
On Friday night, the sixth-ranked Wolverines scored two third-period goals and salvaged a 4-2 victory over Miami. But Michigan didn’t have the same late-game magic on Saturday — the RedHawks tallied three third-period goals of their own in less than three minutes' time to win 4-3 and walk away with a weekend split.
Miami’s Weekend Stars
Austin Czarnik (sophomore): Austin had a couple of assists in the 4-3 win on Saturday night. Not in big in stature, Austin has the ability to be on top of the play in the offensive end. He is responsible as a power play specialist and is also a tenacious penalty killer. He currently is tied for the CCHA lead in overall points with eight (8).
Austin represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships. Last year he was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team and tabbed Second-Team Freshman All-America honors by INCH. He is off to a great start.
Riley Barber (freshman): Riley is a Maclean, Va. native. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft by his hometown Washington Capitals with pick No. 167 overall. Riley comes to Miami from the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U-18 World Championship in the Czech Republic.
Riley had a solid series at Michigan as he added an impressive two goals and an assist. He currently is tied with Czarnik for the CCHA overall scoring with four goals and four assists.
Game 2: Ohio State at Bowling Green
Ohio State escapes Bowling Green with a win and a tie
Behind 25 saves from senior goaltender Brady Hjelle and an unassisted Ryan Dzingle goal in the first period, the Buckeyes skated to a 1-0 win at Bowling Green Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena. The two teams locked horns once again on Saturday night. A thriller as always whenever these teams meet, this contest saw Ohio State rally from a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-3 overtime tie with the Falcons. The Falcons collected the extra point in the shootout.
Ohio State’s Weekend Stars
Anthony Greco (freshman): From Faribault, Minn., Anthony was attracted to Ohio State because of the coaching staff and the reputation Ohio State offers in its athletic programs. He was born in Queens, N.Y. and moved to Minnesota at age 12 to attend Shattuck St. Mary's. He collected a couple of assists in the Saturday night contest, has great wheels and sees the ice very well. A big find for the coaching staff.
Brady Hjelle (senior): Brady played his first two years with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. His eligibility was reinstated last year and he played eight games. He collected 25 saves in the third shutout of his career on Friday night. Hjelle has two clean sheets as a Buckeye (first Nov. 4, 2011 at Alabama-Huntsville) and kick-started CCHA play with 25 saves in the 1-0 win.
Bowling Green’s Weekend Stars
Tommy Burke (freshman): A goaltender form Chaska, Minn., Tommy most recently played two seasons in the NAHL, splitting time between the Owatonna Express, Port Huron Fighting Falcons and Bismarck Bobcats. He turned in a solid weekend performance, saving 27 of 28 in the 1-0 loss Friday night. On Saturday night, he made 21 saves on 24 shots in the 3-3 tie with the Buckeyes. He now sports a .913 save percentage on the year.
Brett Mohler (junior): The native of Yorba Linda, Calif. played with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) in 2009-10. Last year, he only played 14 games due to injury, but in his freshman season he earned BGSU co-Rookie of the Year honors with line mate Camden Wojtala. He scored a highlight-reel goal on Saturday night to tie the game at three.
Stay tuned for another update after next week's contests!