As I await the Snows of Doom ™ here in Flint, Mich., a few things – some random, some not so – pop out at me from this past weekend’s CCHA action.
Worthy efforts in losing games
- Spartan Drew Palmisano’s 27-save performance in a 2-1 loss to Ferris State Thursday night.
- Wolverine Shawn Hunwick’s 28-save performance in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State Saturday night.
- Buckeye Cal Heeter’s 29-save performance in a 1-0 OT loss to Alaska Friday night.
- Wildcat Jared Coreau’s 44-save performance in a 6-1 loss to Western Michigan Saturday.
- Wildcat Tyler Gron’s three assists as NMU was swept by Western and outscored 11-3.
- Western Michigan’s 11-game unbeaten streak (7-0-4) is the longest in the country.
- Miami’s Andy Miele (15-34-49) extended his point streak to five games with five points in two ties against Notre Dame. Miele, a senior, leads the nation in points per game and is this week’s CCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
- Michigan State’s Joey Shean had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Michigan Saturday night, snapping a scoreless streak of 21 games – spanning nearly two years. The senior sat out the entire 2009-10 season as a healthy scratch and last scored Feb. 14, 2009. “It’s about time,” said Shean after the game. “I’m glad it came at the Joe and against Michigan. It was quite an experience.”
- Bowling Green’s five-game losing streak came to an end when the Falcons beat the Lakers, 2-1, Saturday night for their third league win of the season.
- Notre Dame’s 23.5-year streak of an absence of consecutive ties against a single opponent came to an end with 5-5 and 2-2 games against Miami. The last time the Irish accomplished such a feat was in Nov. 1987 against Kent State.
- Alaska goaltender Scott Greenham, a junior, set a program record for shutouts (eight) when the Nanooks blanked the Buckeyes, 1-0, in overtime Friday. Greenham is this week’s CCHA Goaltender of the Week, and he has the best GAA (1.98) and save percentage (.927) in overall play among CCHA goaltenders – and he’s the only league netminder to be counted among the top 10 nationally in each category. This is the first week of the season that Greenham has earned GOTW honors.
- MSU goaltender Will Yanakeff, a freshman, has faced and stopped two penalty shots this season. The first came 22 seconds into the first start of his career, Nov. 20, 2010, when he stopped Ben Ryan in a 4-2 loss to Notre Dame. With five minutes, 10 seconds to go in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Michigan, Yanakeff stopped Kevin Lynch.
- With 110 goals in 30 games, Notre Dame has more markers than any other team in the country, and freshman T.J. Tynan (18-21-39) is a big reason for that. He leads all freshman in points, nationally.
- The winners outscored the losers 26-9 in the contests played on the weekend, 28-10 if you count Thursday’s 2-1 FSU win over MSU. In the eight contests played between Thursday and Saturday that did not result in a tie, the losing scores averaged to 1.25 goals per game.
- An idea advocated by former Miami captain and current Edmonton Oiler, Ryan Jones, via Twitter. Jones tweeted, “Someone needs to do this in Edmonton and every other city in the world. How awesome is this?” httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RGJ-f0zN_c