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CCHA Round-up

Aside from all of the ugliness, Michigan did end up sweeping Michigan State giving them a 5-0 record against the Spartans for the first time in school history.

Western Michigan took three points from red hot Ohio State, though the Buckeyes still managed two points on Friday thanks to the shootout. Positives are hard to come by for Western, so a win is great, but the Buckeyes outshot the Broncos nearly 2-1 and OSU won nearly twice as many faceoffs, so the win doesn't seem to point to future success.

Bowling Green and Lake Superior split their weekend series.

UNO beat Miami in a shootout on Friday night, but Miami blew them out the following night.

Northern Michigan shut out Alaska on Friday night, but the Nanooks fought back to earn a tie on Saturday night, before losing the shootout. Northern might be a team to watch in the second half of the season. They don't seem to play their best hockey until they are out of the race for a top four playoff spot, but if the team that was picked so high by all the experts preseason shows up, they could make a move up the standings the last month and a half and be a tough out in the playoffs.

So the standings are beginning to get a little more set in the league. Multiple points by Northern, Western, and Bowling Green mean that Michigan State is now in sole possession of last place.

Alaska is hanging tough in third place, but they have played four more games than the teams behind them. It's looking pretty likely that some combination of Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, and Ohio State will finish in the top four and get first round byes, and all four are in pretty nice position to make the NCAA tournament, barring a collapse.

Alaska, Nebraska-Omaha, and Ferris State all look pretty good to host a first round playoff series, and the last home ice is up for grabs between the bottom of the conference.