15 little pieces of the CCHA

What struck me this week in the CCHA was the minutiae, the things that don’t draw a lot of attention but that matter in small ways. Perhaps it’s a Big Chill hangover – so much of it seemed ridiculous and overblown to me – but I found hockey beauty in the little things last weekend.
Of course, there’s no getting away from The Big Chill in the Big House.
Here they are, in no particular order.

  • Friday’s 4-2 Ferris State win over Alaska snapped a 15-game winless streak against the Nanooks that dated to Jan. 2, 2003.
  • Andy Taranto scored the first and last goal of the weekend for the Nanooks. Taranto was out three games with an injury, and in his first game back, UAF’s 4-2 loss to FSU Friday, Taranto had the first goal. He then netted the game-winner in overtime Saturday. Those were his only two goals of the weekend.
  • Friday’s 5-2 Lake Superior State win over Western Michigan snapped an 18-game Bronco road winless streak, dating back to Jan. 8, 2010.
  • Notre Dame had 96 shots in a two-game split with Northern Michigan, including a season-high 53 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.
  • Northern Michigan needed five games this season to register a win, but after opening the 2009-10 campaign 0-4-1, NMU has gone 8-4-2 since Oct. 29.
  • Bowling Green broke its four overtime-game streak on Saturday with a 4-2 loss to OSU. In their four previous games, the Falcons went 0-2-2-0 in OT CCHA contests.
  • For the fourth Friday in a row, the Buckeyes played an overtime game to open a series, beating the Falcons 4-3. OSU went 3-0-1-1 for those four OT contests.
  • Western Michigan senior goaltender Jerry Kuhn earned his first CCHA when the Broncos beat the Lakers, 4-1. Kuhn had gone 0-14-5 against league opponents until that match; his win Saturday gives him a 5-20-7 record at Western.
  • Two Miami players have more points than anyone else in the nation, seniors Carter Camper (13-22-25) and Andy Miele (8-23-31).
  • Camper and Ohio State senior Sergio Somma (10-8–18) lead all CCHA players in power-play goals (five each).
  • With a split against Northern Michigan and 29 points to their name, the Fighting Irish finish the first half of the season in first place in the CCHA. Last year at this time, ND was in fourth place with 18 points. “We wanted to make sure we ended the first half on a good note,” senior Calle Ridderwall told the South Bend Tribune this week.
  • UM defenseman Jon Merrill scored the first goal of the Big Chill and therefore the game-winner. He also scored on his first two shots of the game, at 12:04 and 14:54 of the first period. It was Merrill’s first multi-goal career game.
  • According to the Detroit Free Press, 22 members of UM captain Carl Hagelin’s family came over for the Big Chill game from Sweden. Hagelin’s brother, Bobbie, told the Free Press, “This is so big, people in Sweden are talking about it, the world record, and my brother is captain of the team and part of the record.”
  • Also according to the Detroit Free Press, Guinness certified the Big Chill’s record-breaking crowd at 85,451, not 113,411.
  • According to AnnArbor.com, only five people were arrested at the Big Chill, two for assault and battery.


  1. Seriously? Did you forget what season it is, or are you trying to look like an incompetent hack on purpose? “Northern Michigan needed five games this season to register a win, but after opening the 2009-10 campaign 0–4–1, NMU has gone 8–4–2 since Oct. 29.” I know you won’t retract this glaring error, or even admit to once again this season posting an incorrect stat about NMU but Paula it’s the 2010-2011 season. According to your first article of the year the Cats ended the 2009-2010 season in a 4-2 double OT loss to St. Cloud State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

  2. The number certified from Guinness was for the purposes of plaque presentation only. They said counting will actually take weeks of pouring through aerial photographs and other counting methods, but that when they needed a number for the 2nd period, the 85,000+ was more than enough to award the record. Perhaps taking the time to read the website from Guinness instead of quoting the Free Press (which has been known to quote Wikipedia), regardless of the number, might keep things like this from blowing up in USCHO’s face at a later date.

  3. it would be nice if Theresa could get it right for a change Nick Bjugstad scored two SHORTHANDED goals, not two powerplay goals…..Get with the program. Shotty journalism strikes again!

  4. Fail on your picture blog U.S.C.H.O. Count the # of pics per team. University of North Dakota FIGHTING SIOUX were a little short changed. Thats O.K. the Sioux are going spanked some serious keister tonight!! Then on to the final game for continuation of the same.

    • Could have been because it was the fourth practice and they just didn’t have as much time to upload pictures? I really do admire the spirit of the Sioux fans, but it has been a bit over the top for over a week now.

  5. Sorry folks – it is actually because I left the images uploading and went to bed assuming they’d complete before anyone else was up and looking (it was after 4 am). Just got up and discovered the connection had died. The final 22 images – all Fighting Sioux – are uploading now. Had Michigan had the fourth spot, they’d be the ones short – it’s just a computer/I needed sleep/I always choose too many images to edit and therefore run late on the first day thing. I’ll post another comment when I see that it is complete and I’ll also let you know which image you can skip to to see the remaining ones.
    Again sorry.

  6. WooHoo! Xcel internet was super speedy so all are uploaded now. I didn’t do a final count per team, but I think it is fairly even. And if it is at all off, it isn’t bias-related, I think one year I shorted my favorite team who sadly is not here.


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