CCHA Notebook: 11/22

GoBlueWolverine Magazine's weekly look inside the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Where is Michigan in the new Power Poll after a sweep of Ferris State and a win over the MSU Spartans? Could Jack Johnson succesfully defend his CCHA Defensive Player of the Week Award? Who is on deck next for the Michigan Wolverines?

Week in Review
With the CCHA schedule hitting its stride, both No. 7 Michigan and No. 3 Miami each provided a bit more distance amongst themselves and the rest of the pack. Michigan went on the road to Ferris State picking up a 3-2 win on Friday night and a 5-1 win on Saturday, before coming home and taking care of business against the No. 6 MSU Spartans in a 2-1 contest. Miami swept Nebraska-Omaha, now winless in their last six contests, to keep pace with the Wolverines and maintain their high national ranking.

Notre Dame and Michigan State skated in the conferences match up of the week with both teams successfully defending home ice, but the Spartans are reeling after losing to Michigan for the second straight time and sitting five points back in the conference standings. Notre Dame sits five back as well, but holds three games in hand to make up that ground should the Irish win out.

Ohio State got back on track with a sweep of Bowling Green State on the road, and Lake Superior State matched the Buckeyes win for win in non-conference action against Wayne State. Northern Michigan split with Western Michigan on the road.

Power Poll
1. Michigan - Ran the win streak to 6 games with a sweep of Ferris and win over MSU on Tuesday night.
2. Notre Dame - Split with a tough Michigan State squad in its first real conference test.
3. Miami - Swept Nebraska-Omaha to maintain their third place ranking.
4. Michigan State - Disappointing 1-2-0 week against Notre Dame and Michigan.
5. Northern Michigan - A split with Western won't leave you in contention at the end of the day.
6. Alaska - Enjoyed the week off.
7. Nebraska-Omaha - Still sliding… winless in their last six games.
8. Lake Superior State - Holds on to No. 8 slot with a sweep of Wayne State.
9. Ohio State - Sure, a sweep is nice…. But it was BGSU.
10. Ferris State - Rebounded from a weekend sweep by Michigan with a 4-0 win over WMU.
11. Western Michigan - Split with Northern Michigan, but got shutout last night by Ferris State on the road.
12. Bowling Green State - Is it time for spring football yet?

Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Ryan Jones, Miami - Miami's Ryan Jones claims the conferences top offensive honors this week after scoring both game winning goals as the RedHawks swept a struggling Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

Defensive Player of the Week
Sean Collins, Ohio State - Ohio State got back on track with a sweep of Bowling Green State University this past weekend, and Sean Collins was part of the reason why. Collins scored on each night for the Buckeyes to go along with his dominating +4 performance on the weekend.

Match up of the Week
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Nebraska-Omaha
With each passing week, the Irish gains more and more believers. A sweep against Michigan State last weekend would have gone a long way to shutting up the remainder of the doubters, but a split is better then nothing. Nebraska-Omaha is winless in six games, but it has come against some pretty stiff competition. The Mavericks must force at least a split with the Irish or risk falling too far behind in the race for CCHA tournament home ice.

Scott Parse vs. Notre Dame Defense
If Nebraska-Omaha is going to get of the schnide this week, it'll be due to a strong weekend from forward Scott Parse. One of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, Parse hasn't been quiet in sync yet this season. Notre Dame has given up fewer goals than anyone else in the CCHA and Parse will need to get on the board for the Mavericks to have a chance in this one.

Nebraska-Omaha is too good of a team to go eight games without recording a win. I like Notre Dame in this match up, but the odds say that Nebraska-Omaha is due for a win. Parse gets on track and the Mavericks steal one from a better Notre Dame team to force a weekend split.

In Other Action…
Ohio State @ Colgate
Prediction: Colgate wins

Bowling Green @ Clarkson
Prediction: Clarkson Wins

Lake Superior State @ Alaska
Prediction: Split

Miami @ St. Lawrence
Prediction: Miami Wins

Michigan @ Wisconsin
Prediction: Michigan Wins

Michigan State @ Minnesota
Prediction: Minnesota Wins

Miami @ Clarkson
Prediction: Miami Wins

Michigan State @ Wisconsin
Prediction: Wisconsin Wins

Mihcigan @ Minnesota
Prediction: Minnesota Wins

Bowling Green State @ St. Lawrence
Prediction: St. Lawrence Wins

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