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Monday, 14 March, 2011 1:03 AM
Michigan and Miami Advance to Joe Louis Arena for CCHA Championship
DETROIT -- Michigan and Miami had two game sweeps of their opponents to advance to the semifinals of the CCHA Tournament at Joe Louis Arena while Western Michigan and Lake Superior rebounded from Friday-night losses to force a third game. The Finals will be next weekend.
Senior forward Andy Miele had a goal and two assists, helping Miami to a 4-1, sweep-clinching victory over Alaska, advancing the RedHawks to the semifinals of the CCHA Tournament. The winners have an unbeaten streak of 11 games. Alaska sophomore forward Chad Gehon scored the first goal of the game, giving Alaska the early lead. However, Miami would respond with four straight goals, getting a two-point night from sophomore forward Reilly Smith, who finished with a goal and an assist. Junior defenseman Cameron Schilling found the back of the net for Miami and senior defenseman Vincent LoVerde scored a short-handed goal.
Miami was able to hold the Nanooks to just 14 shots, allowing only one shot in the second period.
Michigan sophomore defenseman Lee Moffie had two goals as the Wolverines scored four straight times to defeat Bowling Green, 4-1. Michigan will also advance to the semifinals of the CCHA Tournament. Sophomore forwards Lindsay Sparks and A.J. Treais both scored for Michigan and each had an assist.. The Falcons couldn't overcome the 4-0 deficit. Freshman forward Camden Wojtala scored midway through the third for Bowling Green, but it was not enough as the Falcons would eventually fall to Michigan.
Five goaltenders saw action in the game, as senior goaltender Nick Eno and sophomore goaltender Andrew Hammond got ice time for Bowling Green, while freshman goaltender Adam Janecyk and senior goaltenders Shawn Hunwick and Bryan Hogan all played part of the game for the Wolverines.
The CCHA Player of the Year will be announced Thursday at the Fox Theater as part of the leagues 30th anniversary celebration. Finalists include Miami senior forward Andy Miele, Michigan senior forward Carl Hagelin and Ferris State senior goaltender Pat Nagle.
Miele from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, led the nation in scoring and had points in 29 of 34 games, including 19 multiple-point outings. Hagelin led the Wolverines in goals, assists and points as the Wolverines captured their 11th regular-season championship. The Sodertalje, Sweden, native tallied 17 goals on the year, six of which were game winners to tie for the league lead. Nagle had the second-best overall goals-against average in the nation at 1.97 and the top save percentage in the CCHA at .924. The Bloomfield, Michigan, netminder played in every game for the Bulldogs.
AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Pete Bublitz will be covering the 30th Annual CCHA Championship from the press box at Joe Louis Arena.
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