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    Jan. 7, 1998

    Irish Back on the Road for Three Games at UAF

    • Weekend could prove crucial to CCHA playoff chances
    • Irish look to maintain solid road play
    • Simon, Dusbabek return after helping U.S. take 5th at World Juniors
    • Irish still in thick of CCHA standings as midway point nears

    The Notre Dame hockey team (10-9-3, 5-6-3 CCHA) heads back on the road this week for a three-game series at Alaska-Fairbanks (6-13-2, 5-12-1) on Jan. 8-10 ... the Irish have welcomed the return of sophomore forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, who spent the past two weeks helping the United States claim fifth place at the World Junior Championship in Finland (simon had a goal and three assists, Dusbabek two goals) ... the Irish last week lost to Miami (3-1) and played to a 2-2 tie with the RedHawks, representing Notre Dame’s only home action in a nine-game stretch (from Dec. 27-Jan. 25) ... the next Irish home game will be Jan. 30 against Michigan, with the Irish to take 13 days off from competition following the UAF series before playing at Bowling Green and Ohio State ... Notre Dame’s next five games are versus teams below the Irish in the current CCHA standings ... Notre Dame is 4-4 in one-goal games this season, a marked improvement from its 3-12 record in one-goal games last season ... Notre Dame already has surpassed its victory and point total from last season (9-25-1).

    AROUND THE HORN: Notre Dame is 7-4-0 away from home this season and 3-5-3 at home, with 38 of 67 goals coming on the road ... the Irish are tied with Michigan and Boston College as the third-youngest team in Division I hockey ... the Irish penalty-killing unit has allowed just seven more goals (12) than it has scored (5) ... Notre Dame remains the CCHA’s least-penalized team (6.18/gm) for the second straight season ... the Irish are on pace to set records for team goals-against average (2.68), save percentage (.902) and penalty-killing percentage (.870) ... Notre Dame’s top scorers are sophomore C Ben Simon (8-13-21), junior RW Brian Urick (9-10-19), senior C Steve Noble (5-14-19), junior LW Aniket Dhadphale (13-4-17) and freshman LW Dan Carlson (6-10-16) ... Dhadphale is the CCHA’s second-leading goal scorer ... Notre Dame’s 18 starting skaters have included as many as seven freshmen and six sophomores ... the Irish were picked seventh (out of 11 teams) in the preseason CCHA coaches poll and stand seventh heading into this week’s action, just two points behind Ferris State, three behind Lake Superior and five behind Northern Michigan.

    THE SERIES: Alaska Fairbanks leads its all-time series with Notre Dame 11-4-0, with the teams splitting six CCHA games over the past two seasons ... Notre Dame junior RW Brian Urick had a memorable first career CCHA game at UAF on Oct. 19, 1995, scoring four goals in the 7-4 Irish win (UAF came back to win the series 6-4, 6-4) ... the Irish beat UAF 3-1 last season (Dec. 7) but the Nanooks returned on Jan. 17 to post a 5-4 win that was crucial to their making the CCHA playoffs (the Irish took the series the next day, 6-2) ... in last year’s first game, Ben Simon, Brian Urick and Lyle Andrusiak scored in what was the first Joyce Center reunion for Irish head coach Dave Poulin and UAF head man Dave Laurion, who were roommates and teammates with the Irish hockey program from 1978-82 ... UAF opened the scoring in that game on a Jeff Trembecky power-play goal ... the Irish blew a 3-0 lead in the second game ... Trembecky broke a 4-4 tie with six minutes to play while Sjon Wynia, Pat Williams and Brian Upesleja also scored for UAF ... the Irish goals came from Urick, Steve Noble and Craig Hagkull ... the Irish took last year’s series with a 6-2 win that featured points from 12 players (led by Joe Dusbabek’s goal and two assists) and 30 saves by Matt Eisler.

    NANOOKS NOTES: Alaska-Fairbanks stands ninth in the CCHA standings (5-12-1), after splitting at home last week with Michigan State (6-4, 2-6) ... the Nanooks are 4-4-1 at home, 1-8-0 away ... UAF is 3-5-1 when scoring first, 4-0-1 when leading at the second intermission and 1-3 in one-goal games (Notre Dame is 8-4-1, 8-4-2 and 4-4-0 in those respective categories) ... UAF owns the CCHA’s fourth-best power-play unit (22-for-125/.176) but also sports the worst penalty-killing percentage (.784, 98-for-125) ... UAF is averaging 3.43 goals per game (to Notre Dame’s 3.05) ... UAF’s top scorers are Sjon Wynia (12-10-22), freshman F Jim Lawrence (9-9-18), junior C Jeff Trembecky (7-11-18) and sophomore LW Kerry Hafele (3-15-18) ... Wynia had two goals in the win over MSU, including the game-winner, and has eight power-play goals (second-most in the CCHA) ... UAF has platooned its junior goaltenders this season, with Ian Perkins owning a 4.05 GAA and .857 save pct. in 638 minutes while Chris Marvel owns marks of 5.09 and .857 in 636 minutes ... UAF’s other CCHA wins have come at Lake Superior (6-2), at home over Bowling Green (9-2, 4-3/OT) and at home over Ferris State (3-1).

    FRIEND OR FOE?: Several current players from Notre Dame and Alaska-Fairbanks played together on previous teams ... they include: Notre Dame junior G Forrest Karr and UAF sophomore D Troy Michalski (Capitols midgets), Notre Dame sophomore D Nathan Borega and UAF sophomore RW Sjon Wynia (Vernon Vipers), Borega and UAF freshman RW Scott McIlroy (Anchorage Northstars), and Notre Dame sophomore D Sean Molina and UAF junior D Mike Jaros (USA Viking Cup).

    MIAMI RECAP - (1/2, Miami 3 at ND 1): Trevor Prior stopped Notre Dame’s first 40 shots and #4 Miami received goals from three unlikely scorers as the visiting RedHawks topped the undermanned Irish ... Notre Dame lost despite a 41-18 shot advantage and no Miami power-play chances ... Miami scored midway through the second, when Joe Bodnar scored at the top of the crease for his third goal of the season (6:50) ... the Irish had a 1:34 power-play chance to open the third but could not gain the equalizer ... Miami then seized momentum with two quick goals ... Josh Mizerek netted his second goal of the season at the 2:11 mark ... 19 seconds later, Josh Harrold raced down the left side and zipped his third goal of the season inside the far right post ... Forrest Karr suffered his first loss of the season, stopping just 15 of 18 shots ... the Irish had a 59-second two-man advantage with four minutes to play but could not capitalize until one penalty had expired ... John Dwyer averted the shutout with 1:48 left .... Mark Eaton initiated the power-play score, sliding the puck down the blueline to Benoit Cotnoir, who let loose a shot from the top of the left circle ... Prior made the save but Lyle Andrusiak flicked the rebound from the bottom of the right circle and the puck clanged off the crossbar and across the goalmouth, with Dwyer skating in from the left side and depositing the puck into the net. (1/3, at ND 2 Miami 2): Notre Dame owned a 35-19 shot advantage and held Miami scoreless on two man-up chances ... both teams changed goaltenders from Friday’s game, with Notre Dame starting Matt Eisler while Miami went with Ian Olsen ... Aniket Dhadphale opened the scoring late in the first, on his 13th goal of the season and sixth power-play goal .... Lyle Andrusiak sent the puck from behind the net into the crease and Dhadphale attempted a quick one-timer ... the puck bounced across the goalmouth and John Dwyer deflected it back to Dhadphale, who slammed home the score amidst the confusion for a 1-0 Irish lead (15:07) ... Miami gained a tie heading into the first intermission, as Jeremy Bautch skated across the slot and flicked home a backhanded shot (17:59) ... the Irish went back ahead in the second, when Steve Noble won a faceoff at the right circle and slid the puck into the slot for Brian Urick, who beat Olsen with a one-timer (13:28) ... Miami came on strong in the third and forced overtime on C.J. Buzzell’s third goal of the season (11:29) ... Notre Dame had the only scoring chances in overtime, both coming on rocket power-play shots from the blueline by Mark Eaton.

    PLAYING FOR YOUR COUNTRY: Notre Dame sophomore forwards Joe Dusbabek and Ben Simon spent Dec. 25-Jan. 3 as members of the United States team that claimed fifth place at the World Junior Championship in Finland ... the U.S. opened with a 6-3 loss to Slovakia before beating Kazakhstan (8-2), with Dusbabek scoring a goal in that win and Simon registering an assist ... the U.S. then lost to Russia (3-2) in the final minute before posting a 5-1 win over Switzerland, with Simon notching an assist ... the U.S. lost to the Czech Republic in quarterfinal action (4-1) but beat Canada in the playbacks (3-0, with Dusbabek scoring the second goal) before topping Sweden 4-3 for fifth place, with Simon recording an assist and then scoring the game-winner (to put the U.S. ahead 4-2 midway through the second period) ... Simon finished with four points in the seven games (1G, 3A) while Dusbabek had two goals ... Dusbabek and Simon were two of 10 current college players on the U.S. team ... Simon helped the U.S. capture the silver medal at the ’96-’97 World Junior Championship in Switzerland, the best U.S. finish in the 22-year history of the tournament ... Dusbabek and Simon joined MSU F Mike York as the only CCHA players on the 1997-98 U.S. junior squad ... Boston College placed three players on the national junior team, followed by Notre Dame (2) ... Simon missed three Irish games last season (two losses at Princeton, 2-5 and 2-3 in OT, and a 3-6 home loss to Miami) while helping the U.S. capture the silver medal ... Simon was one of five returning forwards from that 1996-97 U.S. world junior team.

    A NOBLE MAN: Senior Steve Noble has provided some clutch play for the Irish this season, including a goal and four assists during the last four games while filling in for Ben Simon as the first-line center (Simon was at the World Junior Championship) ... Noble is tied for second on the team with 19 points, including a team-best 14 assists ... he is one short of equaling his career-high in points (20), set in 1995 -96 (5G, 15A) ... a second team Academic All-American as a junior and recent Rhodes Scholar finalist, Noble is one of 14 players currently being considered for the national Hockey Humanitarian Award (finalists will be announced Jan. 15).

    BACK IN THE GROOVE: Junior RW Brian Urick totaled just one goal in the first 13 games this season but has added eight goals in his last nine outings, including both Irish scores in the 3-2 loss to Wisconsin, two scores in the 5-1 win over Brown and a goal in the 2-2 tie with Miami ... Urick is tied for second on the team with 19 points (9G, 10 A) while he leads the team with 85 shots on goal ... Urick ranked among Notre Dame’s scoring leaders the past two seasons--he shared for the team scoring lead last season (13 G, 12 A)--and has totaled 34 goals and 37 assists in 92 career games ... Urick scored on 15.1 percent of his shots during his first two seasons and owns a .106 shooting pct. this season.

    FOLLOW THAT KARR!!: Junior Forrest Karr has combined with senior Matt Eisler to form a formidable goaltending duo for the Irish this season ... Karr is 4-1-1, posting road wins at Ohio State (3-2, 28 saves), Western Michigan (2-1, 11), Wisconsin (4-2, 14) and vs. Brown at the Mariucci Classic (5-1, 26) while earning a home tie vs. Lake Superior (3-3, 21) ... Karr ranks 2nd in the CCHA with a 1.93 goals-against avg. while his .907 save pct. ranks fourth in the CCHA ... Karr and Eisler (2.91, .902) have helped the Irish post a 2.68 team GAA and .902 save pct., both well on pace to set Irish team records.

    FRESH START: Freshman D Mark Eaton and rookie LW Dan Carlson have made a significant impact ... the smooth-skating and heady Eaton is fifth on the team in plus-minus (+5) and has totaled 10 points, including nine assists ... the speedy Carlson ranks second on the team in plus-minus (+8) and has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points (fifth on the team) ... Carlson had a goal and two assists in the 5-1 win over Brown and totaled two goals and an assist in the two-game sweep of Western Michigan, including the game-winning goal at WMU (2-1) and a game-winning assist in the 4-2 home win over the Broncos ... he also had an assist and scored the late game-tying goal vs. Ferris State (5-5).

    BACK TOGETHER: Sophomores Nathan Borega and Tyson Fraser have skated together for nine of the last 10 games, after spending the bulk of their freshman season as a defensive tandem (Fraser did not suit for the 3-1 loss to Miami on Jan. 2) ... in their first game back together, Fraser and Borega scored both Irish goals in the 4-2 loss to Lake Superior ... they have helped Notre Dame allow just 15 goals in their last seven games together ... the 6-2, 225-pound Borega is +1 for the season and has totaled just 12 penalties (0.55/gm) despite his physical style of play (he has just two penalties in the last 12 games) ... Fraser has an assist in 10 games this season and ranks fifth on the team in plus-minus (+5) ... Fraser’s 10 assists are tied for third among all Irish players ... he has just five penalties this season and 22 in 50 career games.

    RETURN OF THE SNIPER: Junior LW Aniket Dhadphale has returned to the form that saw him lead the Irish in goals as a freshman (13), when he converted on 18.1 percent of his 72 shots ... Dhadphale then endured a sophomore slump, scoring just five times on 109 shots (4.6 percent) ... this season, Dhadphale has equaled his freshman-year goal total and nearly tripled his sophomore goal total, with 13 scores through 22 games, the second-most goals in the CCHA behind Michigan’s Bill Muckalt (22) ... Dhadphale has converted on 21.3 percent of his 61 shots (an average of one goal per every 4.7 shots on goal) after scoring just once per every 21.8 shots last season.

    SIMON SAYS: Notre Dame sophomore C Ben Simon has been Mr. Reliable, recording at least one point in 15 of the 18 games he has played ... Simon leads the Irish and ranks eighth in the CCHA with 21 points, including a season goal total (8) that is double his ‘96-’97 output (4), when Simon did not score a goal until the 15th game of the season ... Simon’s three power-play goals equal his freshman year total while his three shorthanded goals are more than Notre Dame’s team total (2) for all of 1996-97.

    TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HIS (MAN-UP) OPPORTUNITIES: Junior D Benoit Cotnoir has totaled 49 career points (17 G, 32 A) from the blue line, with over 63 percent (5 G, 14 A) of his 30 points during the past two seasons coming on the power play.

    THE EISMAN COMETH: Despite some recent rough outings, senior G Matt Eisler owns a 2.91 goals-against average and .902 save pct. while leading the Irish to a .870 penalty-killing pct. ... Eisler was named the CCHA defensive player of the week, after making 63 saves and allowing just four goals in the sweep at St. Cloud State on Oct. 17-18 (4-3, 4-1) ... he had 32 saves in the 6-1 win at Michigan State and 33 in the 4-2 win over Western Michigan ... his 2.91 GAA would rank third in Irish history--behind John Barry’s 2.00 in 1968-69 and Chris Cathcart’s 2.83 in 1970-71--while his .902 save pct. is just behind Mark Kronholm’s Irish record (.907, in 1970-71) ... Eisler’s .879 career save pct. ranks fourth in Irish history while his 2,502 career saves rank sixth, within range of Kronholm (2,566), Bob McNamara (2,577, 1979-83) and Dave Laurion (2,600, 1978-82), the current Alaska Fairbanks head coach.

    DUS STILL DUE: Sophomore RW Joe Dusbabek--who missed the last four games while at the World Junior Championship--failed to score during the first eight games (18 shots) this season, before redirecting a pass from classmate Ben Simon for a 2-1 Irish lead in the 5-4 loss at Miami on Nov. 15 ... after sharing for the team scoring lead last season (13 G, 12 A), Dusbabek was looking to use that goal at Miami as a jumpstart but he has not scored in the last nine games (16 shots) ... his longest goal drought last season was six games, en route to finishing as runner-up for CCHA rookie of the year ... he has eight assists for the season but has just four in the last 15 games, giving him only five points since posting two assists in each win at St. Cloud State on Oct. 17-18 ... he has scored on just 2.8 percent of his 36 shots (averaging just 2.0 shots/gm), after ranking third on the 1996-97 Irish with a 15.5 percent shooting accuracy ... Dusbabek has managed just two or fewer shots in 14 games and has five-plus shots just once (seven, in 2-1 win over BG).

    HOMETOWN HEROES: Of the 274 players that had played for a CCHA team through the first month of the season, 56 hail from Ontario, 53 from Michigan, 20 from B.C. and 19 from Minnesota ... Notre Dame had played the most Minnesotans (seven, all forwards) while Miami had played five, Ohio State three and four other teams had played one ... Notre Dame’s Minnesota natives who had played as of Nov. 16 are junior RW Brian Urick (Minnetonka), junior C Craig Hagkull (Arden Hills), sophomore F Troy Bagne (Moorhead), sophomore RW Joe Dusbabek (Faribault), freshman LW Dan Carlson (Edina) and freshman LW Jay Kopischke (Alexandria) ... junior C Neal Johnson (Edina) saw his first action of the season in last week’s win over Brown while freshman G Kyle Kolquist (Duluth) has yet to play for the Irish this season ... each of the Minnesota natives recently had the chance to skate in their home state when Notre Dame took part in the Mariucci Classic at the University of Minnesota.

    THIRD PERIOD KEY: Third-period production has been crucial in Notre Dame’s games this season ... after dominating the third-period scoring earlier this season, Notre Dame now is being outscored 29-21 in the final 20 minutes ... the Irish have outscored the opposition 13-5 in the third period of the 10 Notre Dame wins ... conversely, in Notre Dame’s eight losses, the opposition has owned an 19-4 third-period scoring edge ... in the last 16 games, Notre Dame has been outscored 24-8 in the third period ... the Irish opened with three wins thanks to an 8-0 third-period scoring edge but, in the fourth game, Boston College soared to three goals in a five-minute, third-period span to post a 3-2 win ... that trend has continued through several games this season, with Lake Superior using three third-period goals for a 4-2 win before scoring in the final two minutes to force a 3-3 tie the next night ... most recently, Northeastern scored three goals in a five-minute stretch during the final period to complete a 4-2 comeback win over the Irish while Miami used two third-period goals for a 3-1 win over the Irish.

    YOUNG GUNS: The 1996-97 Notre Dame hockey team was second-youngest in Division I, with an average age of 19 years and 11 months on Nov. 1, 1996 ... the Irish remain young in ’97-’98, with an average age of 20 years and two months as of 10/28/97, according to NHL Central Scouting, which lists Harvard (19, 7) and Boston University (20, 0) as the youngest teams in the nation while Notre Dame is tied with Boston College and Michigan as having the third-lowest average age in Division I hockey ... more than half (14) of the players on Notre Dame’s 27-man roster began their careers with the Irish immediately following graduation from high school, with seven joining the program after one year of junior hockey and only six spending two years in junior hockey.

    ROAD WARRIORS: Notre Dame is 7-4 away from home this season, posting wins at St. Cloud State (4-3/ot, 4-1), #2 Michigan State (6-1), Ohio State (3-2), Western Michigan (2-1) and Wisconsin (4-2) while beating Brown (5-1) at the Mariucci Classic ... the Irish have lost road games in the final minute at MSU (3-1, with MSU breaking a 1-1 tie in the final four minutes) and Miami (5-4, with Miami winning with 20 seconds left) before losing a 3-2 second-intermission lead at Ferris State (the Bulldogs won 4-3) and failing to hold a 2-0 lead on Northeastern at the Mariucci Classic ... Notre Dame has turned in three big third periods on the road, scoring twice to force overtime in the first game at St. Cloud, clinching the second win over the Huskies with two more third-period goals and using a four-goal, third-period flurry in the big win at Michigan State ... Notre Dame has scored 38 goals away from home on 311 shots on goal, for an average of 8.2 shots per goal (12.2 shooting pct.) ... conversely, in its 11 home games, Notre Dame is just 3-5-3 and has scored just 29 goals on 335 shots, for an average of 11.6 shots per goal (8.7 shooting pct.).

    PENALTY-KILLING PLUS: Notre Dame’s penalty-killing unit has scored one goal for every 2.4 it has allowed this season, totaling five shorthanded goals while allowing 12 opponent power-play scores ... the five shorthanded goals are more than double the Irish total from all of 1996-97 (2), with sophomore C Ben Simon scoring three of the SHG’s while junior D Benoit Cotnoir and freshman LW Dan Carlson have netted the others ... Notre Dame’s “-7” penalty-killing effort this season is second-best in the CCHA, behind Lake Superior (8 SHG, 14 PPG allowed) ... the other CCHA teams break down as follows: Ohio State (-11) Michigan State (-11), Michigan (-13), Western Michigan (-16), Miami (-16), Ferris State (-20), Northern Michigan (-22), Alaska Fairbanks (-24) and Bowling Green (-25).

    SHOWING DISCIPLINE: After ranking among the CCHA’s most-penalized teams in 1994-95 (11.59 penalties/gm) and 1995-96 (11.33), Notre Dame last season became the conference’s least-penalized squad (8.69/gm) ... through 22 games this season, the Irish again are the CCHA’s least-penalized squad, totaling 136 penalties for an average of just 6.18 per game--while posting a 2.68 team goals-against average that would blow away the existing Irish record (3.40, in 1987-88) ... the Irish have allowed just 12 opponent power-play goals, fewest in the CCHA ... Notre Dame has totaled four or fewer penalties in 10 games this season and has averaged just 4.00 penalties/gm over the past eight outings ... after Notre Dame, the CCHA’s least-penalized teams this season are: Miami (8.61), Michigan State (9.05), Ferris State (9.15) and Michigan (9.46) ... the CCHA’s most-penalized teams are Alaska Fairbanks (11.14), Western Michigan (10.82), Lake Superior (10.60), Northern Michigan (10.25), Ohio State (10.05) and Bowling Green (10.20) ... hard-hitting Irish sophomore D Nathan Borega has just 12 penalties this season (two in the last 12 games) and less than one per game in his career (43 in 57 games) ... other disciplined Irish skaters include: senior C Steve Noble (five penalties in ‘97-’98, 21 in last 56) and sophomore D Tyson Fraser (five penalties in ‘97-’98, 21 in 50 career games) ... junior RW Brian Urick struggled with untimely penalties his first two seasons (58 in 70 games) but has just five penalties this season.

    SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT: Despite a 6-for-59 power-play effort (.102) in its last 11 games, Notre Dame’s season power-play pct. (.167/20-for-120) is up considerably from last season (.127) and ranks sixth among CCHA teams ... the Irish netted at least one power-play goal in 10 of the first 11 games, including each of the first seven (the longest PPG streak in 1996-97 was three games) ... Notre Dame ranked 4th in the CCHA for penalty killing last season (.813) and opened this season with 16 straight penalty kills before allowing a Boston College score ... the Irish then killed off 22 straight power plays, including 15 in a two-game weekend series vs. then-#2 MSU ... the team’s season penalty-killing pct. now stands at .870 (80-for-92), third-best in the CCHA ... the Irish are on pace to best the team record for season penalty-killing pct., set by the 1969-70 team (.861).

    HOLD ON TO THAT LEAD: Notre Dame is 8-2-0 this season when leading at the first intermission (with losses to Boston College and Northeastern), after going just 4-5-0 last season when ahead after the first 20 minutes ... half of Notre Dame’s eight losses this season have come after the Irish held a lead at the second intermission, as Notre Dame is 8-4-2 in games when leading after 40 minutes (losses to Boston College, Ferris State, Lake Superior and Northeastern).

    GO-TO-GROUP: Notre Dame head coach Dave Poulin remarked before the season that the Irish likely would not have a 30-goal scorer and would need to count on several players for timely goals ... although junior LW Aniket Dhadphale (13 goals), junior RW Brian Urick (9) and sophomore C Ben Simon (8) have set paces for 20-25 goal seasons, the Irish truly have relied on balanced--and sometimes unexpected--scoring, as seen in freshman Chad Chipchase’s hat trick in the 4-3 loss at Ferris State ... the team’s #2-#6 scorers all have between 15-19 points, while six players have between 5-9 goals ... two players--Simon and senior C Lyle Andrusiak--have come through with a pair of game-winning goals while Urick has three GWGs and three other players have scored one game-winner (Dhadphale, senior C Steve Noble and freshman LW Dan Carlson) ... after Simon’s 21 points (8-13), Notre Dame’s top goal-scoring threats have come from Urick (9-10), Dhadphale (13-4), Noble (5-14), Carlson (6-10), junior D Benoit Cotnoir (6-9) and Andrusiak (6-6) ... three other players have compiled high assist numbers: freshman D Mark Eaton (1-9), sophomore D Tyson Fraser (1-10) and sophomore RW Joe Dusbabek (1-8).

    FEELING A DRAFT: Notre Dame matched Boston College with the most players selected in the 1997 NHL draft (four): Ben Simon (5th rd, Chicago), Joe Dusbabek (7th rd, San Jose), Jay Kopischke (8th rd, L.A.) and Ryan Clark (9th rd, N.Y. Islanders) ... Notre Dame has seven former NHL draft picks on its roster (second to Michigan’s nine among CCHA teams), with the others being senior C Steve Noble (St. Louis Blues), junior RW Brian Urick (Edmonton Oilers) and junior LW Aniket Dhadphale (San Jose Sharks).

    PRE-CCHA DAYS: Nearly 40 percent of the 272 players that had played for a CCHA team this season (as of Nov. 11) are products of either the United States Hockey League (54) or the North American Hockey League (52) ... Ferris State an Miami had used eight former USHL players as of Nov. 11 while Notre Dame had played seven: junior C Craig Hagkull (Des Moines Buccaneers), junior G Forrest Karr (Wisconsin Capitols), sophomore D Sean Molina (Dubuque Fighting Saints), freshman D Ryan Clark (Lincoln Stars), freshman RW Ryan Dolder (Twin City Vulcans) freshman D Mark Eaton (Waterloo Blackhawks) and freshman LW Jay Kopischke (North Iowa Huskies) ... Ohio State (9) and FSU (7) had featured the most NAHL players while Notre Dame has one--sophomore C Ben Simon (Cleveland Junior Barons) ... 20 former high school players that went directly to college had skated for a CCHA team through the first month, with Michigan accounting for seven of them while Notre Dame had five: senior G Matt Eisler, junior RW Brian Urick, sophomore C Troy Bagne, sophomore RW Joe Dusbabek and freshman LW Dan Carlson ... Notre Dame’s other nine players who had seen action as of Nov. 11 include two each from: Midwest Junior B (senior C Steve Noble and junior LW Aniket Dhadphale, both from the Stratford Cullitons), Provincial Junior A League (junior D Scott Giuliani/Burlington Cougars and freshman RW Matt Van Arkel/Milton Merchants), Saskatchewan Junior A (senior C Lyle Andrusiak/Notre Dame Hounds and junior D Benoit Cotnoir/Weyburn Red Wings) and British Columbia Junior (sophomore D Tyson Fraser/Royal City Outlaws and sophomore D Nathan Borega/Vernon Vipers) ... freshman F Chad Chipchase played for the Waterloo Siskins of the Western Ontario League.

    Central Collegiate Hockey Association Standings  
         TEAM (overall record)       W   L   T PTS   GF   GA   PEN   Power Play  Penalty-Kill.
    1.   Michigan (17-4-1)          11   2   1  23   86   50   208   (3) 20.8%   (6) 83.9%
    2.   Miami University (14-3-1)   9   3   1  19   87   48   155   (1) 30.2%   (5) 84.0%
         Michigan State (17-3-2)     9   3   1  19   74   40   199   (8) 15.7%   (2) 88.8%
    4.   Northern Michigan (10-7-3)  8   5   2  18   72   67   205  (11) 12.7%  (10) 79.2%
    5.   Lake Superior (10-7-3)      7   5   3  17   71   63   212   (5) 16.8%   (1) 89.8%
    6.   Ferris State (7-10-3)       6   6   3  15   72   72   183   (2) 22.1%   (8) 80.4%  
    7.   Notre Dame (10-9-3)         5   9   3  14   67   59   136   (6) 16.7%   (3) 87.0%
    8.   Ohio State (9-10-1)         6   9   0  12   64   61   201   (9) 14.8%  (43) 86.2%
    9.   Alaska Fairbanks (6-13-2)   5  12   1  11   72   99   234   (4) 17.6%  (11) 78.4%
    10.  Western Michigan (5-15-2)   4  11   1   9   49   78   238   (7) 16.5%   (7) 82.9%  
    11.  Bowling Green (4-16-2)      2  10   2   6   58   90   221  (10) 12.9%   (9) 79.7%
    NATIONAL HOCKEY POLLS
    USA Today/American Hockey 
    Magazine Coaches Poll (1/5)
    1.   Boston University (7; 12-2-2) 96
    2.   Michigan State (2; 17-3-2)    86
    3.   North Dakota (1; 12-3-1)      84
    4.   Miami (14-3-1)                67
    5.   New Hampshire (14-4-1)        55
    6.   Michigan (17-4-1)             47
    7.   St. Cloud State (12-4-2)      45
    8.   Colorado College  (11-5-2)    23
    9.   Yale (11-3-0)                 22
    10.  Northeastern (12-5-2)          9
    Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (5), Boston College (4),
    Colgate (2), Princeton (2), Providence (2), Clarkson (1).
    

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