Sunday, February 25, 2007

Just Another Saturday in Columbus

The hockey team managed a split with Ohio State this weekend down in Columbus. It was a back-and-forth weekend the whole way. Michigan's 4-3 win on Friday night was earned with only 1:08 left in regulation when Tim Miller fed Naurato from behind the goal. OSU broke a third-period tie on Saturday with 90 seconds left when Beaudoin gave them their 6-5 victory. Red described the game as "a coach's nightmare."

It also ended in the sort of melee you don't see in college hockey very often. Jack Johnson put a big hit on Tommy Goebel on Friday night, which took him out of that game and this one. OSU's Zach Pelletier didn't take kindly to that and apparently started a fight on Saturday after the game was over. Some Buckeye there put it up on YouTube, so I recommend listening to it with the sound off.

You can see it's mostly just a lot of pushing and shoving, not a lot of punches being thrown (Kevin Porter excepted). But Tim Miller manages to find himself in the middle of a crowd of Buckeyes who jump him after he gives one of them a shove, probably in response to some intemperate remark.

Elsewhere, Miami split their series with Northern, letting Michigan finish the regular season as #2 in the CCHA, a long way behind league leaders Notre Dame. Michigan sits out the the first weekend of the CCHA playoffs with a bye. By the way, OSU finishes seventh in the league and will take on Northern in the first round of the playoffs at Columbus's 1000-seat "OSU Ice Rink", because the Schottenstein Center is busy hosting the state wrestling tournament.

USCHO articles Friday, Saturday