CCHA Weekly Release: Mar. 4
March 5, 2013 09:00 AM
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Alaska - The Nanooks swept the season series against Alaska Anchorage, 2-1 (OT) and 3-1, en route to their fourth consecutive Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup title. Alaska leads the all-time Cup series, 12-8, after winning this year’s 20th edition.
Bowling Green - The Falcons finished the final season of the CCHA with a record of 10-15-3 for a ninth-place finish. This season marks their highest finish since 2007-08 when they finished seventh in the conference.
Ferris State - Bulldogs’ freshman defenseman Zach Dorer scored his first collegiate goal in the final game of the regular season in Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Michigan.
Lake Superior - The Lakers tallied a school-record three short-handed goals, and junior goaltender Kevin Murdock notched his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at Northern Michigan on Saturday that secured home ice for the first round of the CCHA Tournament.
Miami - The RedHawks won their fourth CCHA regular-season championship on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Ohio State. Miami’s other regular-season titles came in 1992-93, 2005-06 and 2009-10. The RedHawks also won the CCHA Mason Cup title in 2011.
Michigan - Wolverines’ freshman goaltender Steve Racine ran his unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) on Saturday with a 1-1 tie/shootout win against Ferris State. Racine blanked the Bulldogs in the shootout and stopped 46 of 48 shots in two weekend games.
Michigan State - The Spartans head to Alaska for the first round of the CCHA Tournament. The teams met Feb. 22-23 in Fairbanks, and split the season series. This will be the second time in three seasons (2011) that MSU will play the Nanooks in the first round of the playoffs.
Northern Michigan - For the third weekend in a row, the Wildcats split a CCHA series and will play at Michigan in the first round of the CCHA Tournament. Northern Michigan is 0-7 all-time against the Wolverines in the postseason, including 0-6 in the CCHA Tournament.
Notre Dame - The Irish finished in second place in the CCHA for the second time in the last three seasons (2010-11). In that season, they advanced to the Frozen Four. Notre Dame is 3-0-2 in its last five games and 5-1-3 since Feb. 2.
Ohio State - Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz won the CCHA scoring title with a league-best 32 points (9-23-32). He is the third Buckeye to win the crown, following Hugo Boisvert in 1998 and Paul Pooley in 1984.
Western Michigan - The Broncos finished in the top four in the CCHA regular-season standings for the third straight season after finishing in last place in 2009-10.
Celebrate the Legacy - On Mar. 9, 2008, Nebraska-Omaha defeated Alaska, 4-3, in a triple-overtime game that is the longest in CCHA history. Junior forward J.P. Platisha scored his first goal since Nov. 26, 2005 at 4:22 of the third extra period in the deciding game of a first-round playoff series. The CCHA’s previous longest game occurred on March 4, 1988 when Bowling Green defeated Ferris State, 5-4, in a contest that lasted 92:10.