Home Teams Earn First Wins of CCHA Tournament
March 2, 2012 09:16 PM
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – All three top seeds earned home victories as Notre Dame shutout Ohio State and Lake Superior and Northern Michigan both earned wins.
At Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Lake Superior scored two goals in the closing minutes of the opening frame and never looked back, topping Alaska, 4-3. Alaska junior forward Adam Henderson opened the scoring early in the first period. Lake Superior responded with three straight goals from junior forward Domenic Monardo, junior defenseman Zach Trotman and freshman forward Buddy Robinson. Junior forward Andy Taranto brought the Nanooks within a goal 14 seconds into the third period until Lake Superior sophomore forward Kellan Lain tallied a goal just 46 seconds later. Sophomore forward Colton Beck scored a goal with the extra attacker, but Alaska was unable to tie the game as the Lakers went on to earn the win. Sophomore goaltender Kevin Kapalka stopped 36 shots in the win as Alaska senior goaltender Scott Greenham made 26 saves.
At Marquette, Mich. – Northern Michigan scored twice in the third period to top Bowling Green, 4-2. Northern Michigan senior forward Andrew Cherniwchan scored the game-winning goal on the power play just over a minute into the final period, breaking the 2-2 tie. Senior forwards Justin Florek and Tyler Gron and freshman forward Ryan Daugherty also scored for the Wildcats. For Bowling Green, freshmen forwards Dan DeSalvo and Adam Berkle found the back of the net, with Berkle adding an assist for a two-point night. Wildcat sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau made 31 saves in the win. At the other end of the ice, Bowling Green senior goaltender Andrew Hammond made 22 saves.
At South Bend, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Steven Summerhays posted his second straight shutout with a 33-save performance, backstopping the Irish to a 2-0 win over Ohio State. Notre Dame senior forward Billy Maday scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season, including one on the power play. In goal for Ohio State, senior goaltender Cal Heeter stopped 28-of-30 shots.