CCHA Weekly Release: Jan. 7
January 8, 2013 08:28 AM
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Alaska - The Nanooks return from the holiday break with a two-week road trip that starts this weekend at Michigan. Alaska trails the all-time series with the Wolverines, 10-42-1, including a 3-22-1 record at Yost Ice Arena.
Bowling Green - Senior forward Marc Rodriguez’s game-winning goal Sunday was his first tally of the season, snapping a 19-game point drought. Rodriguez’s last point (goal) came on March 16, 2012, in the Falcons’ 3-2 (2OT) loss to Michigan at Joe Louis Arena.
Ferris State - With a 3-0 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, the Bulldogs moved into a fourth-place tie with Ohio State. The Buckeyes visit Ewigleben Ice Arena for a pair of league games this weekend.
Lake Superior - The Lakers extended their win streak to five games with a sweep of Union. The last time Lake Superior won five or more games in a row was during the 2009-10 season when it swept Bowling Green, Northern Michigan and Robert Morris consecutively.
Miami - The RedHawks were off last weekend, their final bye for the rest of the regular season. Miami has eight road games left, seven home games and an outdoor, neutral site contest against Notre Dame in Chicago remaining.
Michigan - The Wolverines lost a 5-3 decision to the U.S. NTDP on Saturday in an exhibition game, the first time in program history that the Wolverines have lost to Team USA, dropping the all-time record to 12-1-0.
Michigan State - The Spartans host Notre Dame in just their second home CCHA weekend this season. Michigan State was swept by the Irish in South Bend in December.
Northern Michigan - Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle recorded his 200th win on Friday, a 6-2 victory over St. Cloud. In his 11th season at Northern Michigan, Kyle is 201-177-48.
Notre Dame - After a 24-day holiday break, Notre Dame will play four road games against Minnesota, Michigan State and Bowling Green over an eight-day span from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15.
Ohio State - Buckeyes’ head coach Mark Osiecki returns to Columbus with a gold medal after Team USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the championship game of the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Osiecki has been on the coaching staff three of the last four years and the squad has claimed a medal each time.
Western Michigan - Sophomore goaltender Frank Slubowski earned his third shutout this season on Friday and fifth of his career. Slubowski needs three more to tie former Bronco Riley Gill for the program record for shutouts in a career. He needs two more this season to tie Marc Magliarditi for the single-season record.
CCHA Celebrate the Legacy - Four CCHA freshmen – Miami forwards Riley Barber and Sean Kuraly, Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba and Notre Dame forward Mario Lucia - were members of the U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia on Jan. 5. Twenty CCHA players have played on gold-medal winning teams at the WJC, including former Michigan forward Jason Botterill, the only player in tournament history to win gold three consecutive years (1994, 1995 and 1996).