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Last week’s games brought us a week of notable firsts, and they make up the bulk of this week’s list of 15 things.

  1. Michigan State’s 5-2 win over Minnesota was the Spartans’ first in 10 games. In the last nine meetings, MSU had gone 0-4-5. The win was also the first on the road for the Spartans this season, where they are 1-5-0.
  2. Tuesday night, Nov. 23, marked Ferris State’s first shutout win over Michigan State in 108 meetings. Pat Nagle made 27 saves in the 3-1 win, and Chad Billins had the game-winning goal at 15:25 in the first. The Bulldogs and Spartans skated to a 0-0 tie Dec. 8, 2000.
  3. Ohio State lost for the first time in 11 games played at Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, when Alaska beat OSU, 5-2, Saturday. The Buckeyes were undefeated at Nationwide until Friday’s 3-3 tie with the Nanooks and are now 7-1-3 all-time in that venue.
  4. Notre Dame sophomore defenseman Sam Calabrese scored his first collegiate goal, the goal that sent the game to overtime, at 16:57 in the third of ND’s 2-2 tie with North Dakota Saturday. The game was Calabrese’s 16th career contest.
  5. Lake Superior State sophomore defenseman Zach Trotman scored LSSU’s first shorthanded goal of the season at 3:10 of the second period of the Lakers’ 6-3 loss to Denver Friday.
  6. Ferris State sophomore forward Eric Alexander recorded his first collegiate multi-point game in FSU’s 3-0 win over MSU. He had two third-period goals. Alexander’s three goals in 14 games this season equal his goal output from 24 games his freshman year.
  7. Western Michigan senior forward Max Campbell had a goal and three assists for the Broncos when WMU beat Miami, 5-2, Friday, becoming the first Bronco this season to register more than three points in a game.
  8. The Wolverines notched two power-play goals in Friday’s 4-4 tie with Wisconsin. The goals – Carl Hagelin’s at 8:17 in the first, Chris Brown’s at 1:46 in the second – were Michigan’s first, second and only power-play goals for the month of November.
  9. Western Michigan’s 5-2 win over Miami Friday was the Broncos’ first over the RedHawks since Jan. 13, 2007.
  10.   The Wolverines had a tie and a loss to show for this year’s College Hockey Showcase, but Michigan still enters the books with the best record (20-14-2) and win percentage (.583) in the 18-year run of the CHS.
  11.   Michigan and Michigan State combined for a 34-30-8 record in the College Hockey Showcase.
  12.   With their 5-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville Friday in the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament, the Falcons recorded the 800th win in Bowling Green hockey history.
  13.   BGSU’s win over UAH was the Falcons’ sixth in 16 games this season. BG had five overall wins in 2009-10.
  14.   Three of the top scorers in the country play for Miami, and they comprise the RedHawks’ top line: Carter Camper (12-20—32), Andy Miele (8-19—27) and Reilly Smith (11-8—19) have combined for 31 goals, three fewer than Ferris State and Northern Michigan have each scored all season.
  15.   Two CCHA sophomore forwards have been invited to Canada’s World Junior Hockey Selection Camp (Dec. 12-15) in Toronto, Ont. Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan hails from St. Catharine’s, Ont., and Miami’s Reilly Smith is from Mimico, Ont.

Players of the Week

With the new format, I’ve been neglecting CCHA Players of the Week. Here they are for last week.

Offensive: Nik Yaremchuk, Alaska
Defensive: Chad Billins, Ferris State
Goaltender: Reid Ellingson, Northern Michigan
Rookie: Brett Mohler, Bowling Green

If you get the chance, check out Mohler’s BGSU team photo – the one in which he’s missing his right front tooth.

  • Sweeney_318

    Read #2 and tell me if that makes any sense. FSU recorded its first shutout against MSU but you say the score was 3-1??

  • FleasOf1000Camels

    I caught that also. Proofreading is a lost art.

  • Anonymous

    If Wisconsin is gonna sweep, they are going to have to do it in an extremely hostile environment. They are going to be playing in front of upwards of 16,000 on Friday night and 10,000 plus on Saturday night as well. This, in arena that not only serves beer but has a ginormous full service bar at one end of the arena that has a sweeping full view of the ice. A place that nobody on their team has ever even so much as seen before.

    Further, Wisconsin has exactly ONE win all season against a team with a winning record, January 15th against Minnesota-Duluth. So, you expect them to all of a sudden reverse that trend in one of the more hostile situations they are likely gonna face all year? They better hope THEY don’t get swept.

    • Goalie Fan30

      Ya I have to agree! This is not an easy sweep and it could definetly go the other way in favor of UNO. Should be a great series but I see a split either way….

      • hockeytimeincapitalcity

        Wisco is not afraid of an environment like UNO’s. They play in filled venues all the time. UW was a different team when they played NoDak, Denver, and UMD early in the year. Now Wisconsin is playing very well. Schultz and Gardiner might be the best scoring defenseman duo in the country and Gudmandson might be the best goalie in the country right now. That said, it’s a conference game and UW hasn’t seen much of UNO.

  • Marmoset2

    UW sweep of UNO? Unfortunately, UNO spoiled that prediction by winning 4-1 tonight. UNO sweep of UW????

    • Anonymous

      An interesting aside to this is that UNO won with it’s best player sitting on the bench. Supposedly, Terry Broadhurst slipped and fell on his way to class the other day and they don’t know how long he’s gonna be out.

  • Anonymous

    Shucks, we only managed to get 15,137 into the building tonight for the Badger beat-down.

    Having attended the game, considering Wisky’s record against team’s with winning records this year, I can say I wasn’t terribly surprised by the outcome. I consider it insulting that the Omaha World Herald’s headline tonight says “Mav’s upset #7 Badgers”. This, despite the fact that Wisconsin has NEVER been ahead of UNO in the conference standings the entire season!!! By the way, in UNO’s various games/series, all in the last 365 days, against Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Notre Dame, North Dakota, and Minnesota, their record is 9-5-0.

    A more appropriate headline would have been, “Badger woes against teams with winning records continues”.

    It was pretty obvious, even at a casual glance, that UNO is a better skating team than Wisconsin. I’m sure we’ll see a better effort out of Wisconsin tomorrow night, but, no matter what happens, they are leaving town STILL behind UNO in the standings.

    • Anonymous

      Wisconsin was higher the in the league standings then UNO. That was the weekend that UNO played UAH. If Wisconsin would have won tonight they would be tied with UNO at 26 points.

  • Fred

    UNO looked better than Wisconsin on Fri. night. The Wisc. fan next to said so halfway through the game and he was quite impressed with UNO. And they did it without Terry Broadhurst, who slipped on some ice going to class (!–yes, I know, these are not football players). Broadhurst has been scoring over one point per game this season. He won’t play on Sat. and the coaches didn’t say what was the injury, but he was at the game, limping.

    One hallmark of UNO this season is balanced scoring. Again, four different players got goals on Friday.

  • Jdorf40

    I can’t believe Theresa Spisek still has a job.