As Valentine’s Day hit us yesterday, I got to thinking about the guys in the CCHA who wear No. 14 and how they may have fared on the ice this past weekend.

  • Alaska sophomore forward Adam Henderson did not play Feb. 11-12. His only goal this season was the third in a 4-1 win over Bowling Green Oct. 30. Henderson played 27 games with the Spartans in 2008-09 before spending the 2009-10 season with the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL).
  • Bowling Green freshman forward Camden Wojtala (3-10-13) had an assist on the Falcons’ only goal in their 5-1 loss to Notre Dame Saturday, marking his first point in 10 games.
  • Ferris State senior forward Todd Pococke forward (2-2-4) scored his second goal of the season Friday, the game-winning goal in FSU’s 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville.
  • Lake Superior freshman forward Dan Radke (2-3-5) was scoreless in two games as the Lakers tied and defeated Alaska this past weekend. Scored his only CCHA goal Dec. 10, 2010, the fourth goal in the Lakers’ 5-2 win over Western.
  • Miami senior defenseman Vincent LoVerde (1-6-7) had two assists in Miami’s 3-1 win Saturday – but neither was on the game-winner. He’s now four points shy of his career-best points total (3-8-11) of last season. As was pointed out to me in the Michigan State press box recently, the first letters of LoVerde’s last name spell “love.”
  • Michigan State sophomore defenseman Zach Josepher (0-5-5) had an assist on the goal that gave the Spartans a 4-1 lead over Northern Michigan Saturday, a game NMU won 6-5. Hasn’t scored a goal since Feb. 26, 2010.
  • Northern Michigan sophomore forward Brian Nugent (3-2-5) played both games in NMU’s sweep of MSU Friday and Saturday. His last point was an assist Jan. 22, 2011, in Northern’s 3-1 win over Ferris State. Has four more points than he did his freshman season. Likes to score against Michigan Tech; his only point in 2009-10 came in his first collegiate game, against MTU, and two of this three goals this season were scored against the Huskies. Also, his first two collegiate goals were scored against Tech: Oct. 9, 2009, and Oct. 12, 2010, with a 20-game stretch in between with no points at all.
  • Notre Dame junior defenseman Nick Condon did not play when the Irish swept the Falcons this past weekend. Has played two games this season; his last action was Jan. 8, 2011. Played 20 last year, three the year before. Has no career points – yet.
  • Ohio State sophomore forward Alex Carlson (0-1-1) last played Feb. 4-5 against Michigan State. Has played in 11 games this season. His assist came vs. Army Jan. 2, 2011, when the Buckeyes captured the Catamount Cup.
  • Western Michigan junior forward and captain Ian Slater (7-8-15) had a goal and an assist against Miami last weekend. His goal was the second in Friday’s 3-3 tie, the first the Broncos scored within less than two minutes in the middle of the third when they were down 3-1. A native of Satellite Beach, Fla., Slater is the only Floridian in the league.

Fourteen is also half the number of conference games the CCHA currently plays. It took until the first full week in January for all league teams to reach the 14-game or midseason mark. Here are a couple of things I learned looking back at that point.

  • In conference scoring, three players – Miami’s Reilly Smith, Michigan’s Carl Hagelin and Notre Dame’s T.J. Tynan – had reached the 10-goal plateau by midseason. There are now 10 players with double-digit goals in league play. Smith (18-15-33) leads the league in goals scored in CCHA games.
  • Tynan (14-17-31) led all CCHA freshmen in conference scoring at the midway point of the season. He still does.
  • Through 15 games, Michigan was allowing an average of 2.00 goals per game and was second to Ferris State (1.94) in team defense in conference play. Through 24 games, the Wolverines are still allowing 2.00 goals per game but are now first in team D.
  • Through their first 16 games, Miami led the CCHA in power play (22.7%); 10 games later, and Miami still leads the league (24.2). In that first week in January, Western Michigan was second (19.7) but now Northern Michigan is second – and a more distant second (18.7) – while the Broncos’ power play has dropped by five percentage points (14.8) for eighth place.
  • Now as it was at midseason, two CCHA teams have penalty kills operating a hair above 90 percent, with everyone else less 88 percent. The only difference at the top is that Ferris State was first and Miami second, but now it’s the other way around.

If this space isn’t enough to disabuse me, there’s always Twitter: @paulacweston.

  • Hockey Fan

    who would ever disabuse you, Paula?

    • sparty4life

      Someone who actually knows hockey and points out all her countless mistakes. Guess it is really hard to proof read or edit, its sad really.

      • FirePW

        That would be true, but pointing out facts is not disabusing someone. If she’s saying that we have been disabusing her she’s saying that our facts are not enough to persuade her. This can only mean that she views facts as irrelevant , which by doing so proves that she is clearly a person who does not support the use of logic in an argument. Thus, she has again proven to be completely illogical and incapable of fact based statements. *Disclaimer*: USCHO mods this was merely a critique of the writer’s horribly written mistake filled article and is in no way a personal attack, and is by no means a violation of your policy.

        • Hockey Fan

          Actually bud, one of the many definitions of the word ‘disabuse’ is “to set right.” So pointing out erroneous facts would actually be considered “disabusing” her. Paula-1…Fire PW- 0
          *Disclaimer* I am not trying to personally attack Mr. FirePW. I am just making sure that all posts are 100% accurate.

          • FirePW

            Oh how sweet of you to defender Hockey Fan, you see I was using the exact definition from the Mac dictionary which for every other word has any secondary meaning in the definition. Oddly enough disabuse does not have your definition of the word in it. None the less seeing as your argument makes the point moot Paula would still be scoreless. Now if you kept up with my other posts you would actually know that it is FirePW 6 Paula 0. Not to mention I didn’t see your name on the roster for her team, so that would disallow her goal anyway and in turn give me a penalty shot. OH NO look at that I just scored again. FirePW-7 Paula-0

          • FirePW

            *defend her* Unlike some people I make sure to fix my mistakes. Fire PW 8 Paula – 0

          • Vrapattack

            I fixing that mistake must have been so hard. That must by why Paula doesn’t do it!

          • Hockey Fan

            If Jerry Kuhn was in goal you would not score on that penalty shot lol.

            I apologize. I did not realize that you were using the Mac dictionary. I’d like to take this time to point out some flaws in your post above.

            The first sentence is atrocious. The more I read it, the more I am confused. If you want to take Paula’s place you are going to need to tidy up that syntax! (and yes, I assumed you were trying to sound intelligent) The comma should come before ‘Hockey Fan’ since you were addressing me directly. Next, you should use a period to avoid that awkward sounding run-on sentence. Honestly, I could be here all day editing your post.

            Yes I am defending Paula. Although she does make blatant mistakes in facts and figures, her job is not that simple. She has to juggle thousands of statistics every week. Yes the editing should be better and yes she should be more careful, but give the lady a break. FirePW is quick to point out the mistakes, but he/she can’t even write a coherent critique.

          • Anonymous

            You should have a comma after yes in the first sentence of your last paragraph. I actually thought his/her critique was quite coherent, unlike some of Paula’s articles.

          • Hockey Fan

            The comma is optional in that case. I probably should have used one for emphasis though. This is good. Constructive criticism is key.

          • Anonymous

            Well aren’t we just the little grammar nazi. Maybe you should help Paula proof read her articles. Paula’s job is to teach writing, so she has no excuse to have not just factual but grammatical and syntax error filled articles. Oddly enough, Hockey Fan, you don’t seem to critique her syntax or grammar, but you’re more than willing to go after others. You have your own errors as well. What do you mean by “This is good.” What does “This” stand for? “Constructive criticism is key.” That would be a fragment my dear friend, you forgot to state what constructive criticism is key to. I know I probably made grammar or syntax errors in this, but I don’t get off on finding errors that common people make in their writing. I especially don’t go after people’s comments, but there is no excuse for a staff writer who is also a writing professor to have blatant factual, grammatical, and syntax errors week in and week out. Right now, Hockey Fan, you’re the pot calling the kettle black while creating a double standard that favors Paula.

          • Notanerd

            Ya’ll are a bunch of nerds. Lets play some hockey!!

  • Guest

    Alaska sophomore forward Adam Henderson…played 27 games with the Spartans in 2008-09

    Err, what?

  • Keith Linsley

    Your rankings are quite the joke.  BC splits and moves to top spot.  And ND and Merrimack should both drop out of top 10 for the paper tigers they are.  UMD should be in top spot after a good sweep and have play great since their early sweep by the Gophers. 

  • Delta Seed

    BC #1 is a reach; but you are entitled to your opinion.