The Central Collegiate Hockey Association started the regular season for the final time tonight. Here’s a look at how the Michigan-based teams did in their first regular-season contests.
Bulldogs post six on Nanooks
Captain Kyle Bonis came to play on Friday. The senior forward scored two power-play goals for the Bulldogs, leading them to a 6-3 CCHA-opening win over the Alaska Nanooks in Big Rapids. After the Nanooks took an early 2-0 lead, defenseman Connor Schmidt recorded his first career goal to pull the Bulldogs within one. Bonis’ first of the night would even the score at two, and while Alaska would regain the lead later in the first period – yes, all those goals came in the first – it was all Bulldogs from second period on. Simon Denis scored the game-tying goal, and Bonis picked up what would eventually be the game-winner less than two minutes later. Goals from Eric Alexander and Cory Kane built on the Ferris State lead, while C.J. Motte made 40 saves in goal for the win.
Wolverines out-muscle RedHawks 4-2
In the latest edition of a budding rivalry, the Wolverines out-muscled and out-scored the Miami RedHawks in their CCHA opener. Captain A.J. Treais once again had a big night for the University of Michigan, scoring twice in a 4-2 win. Mike Chiasson and Alex Guptill added the other markers for the Wolverines, while freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba continued to impress, adding two assists. Rookie netminder Steve Racine made 30 saves to improve to 3-0-0 on the season. Michigan native Austin Czarnik had one of the goals for the RedHawks in the loss.
Lake Superior’s second period leads to 3-2 win over MSU
The Lakers welcomed the Spartans to Sault Ste. Marie to open CCHA play, and a three-goal second period proved to be the difference. Power-play goals from Ben Power and Chris Ciotti and an even-strength tally from Nick McParland proved to be too much to overcome for the Spartans. Tanner Sorenson and Anthony Hayes recorded the goals for MSU in the only CCHA game to feature two Michigan-based teams on Friday night. The win may have come at a cost, however; Lake State goaltender Kevin Kapalka made 17 saves before being replaced by Kevin Murdock in the second period, after the netminder appeared to be hurt on the play that resulted in Sorenson’s goal. Will Yanakeff had 26 saves for MSU.
Wildcats fall to Fighting Irish
The Wildcats welcomed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Marquette Friday night, only to fall to one of the CCHA’s top teams. Michigan native Bryan Rust recorded one of five goals the Irish would score on the evening, as they would prevail 5-2. Northern Michigan’s goals came from Ryan Daugherty and Stephan Vigier. Jared Coreau had 33 saves in the Wildcats’ loss.