Andrew Copp scores on a penalty shot and baits Brian Nugent in to a game misconduct
MICHIGAN SWEEPS NMU, TO FACE WESTERN

Michigan swept “the Northerns,” as Al Randall would say, by 3-2 and 6-2 scores in the opening round of the CCHA playoffs this past weekend and will travel to Kalamazoo to face uh… “the Westerns” (?)… in the CCHA quarterfinal round.  This is because Michigan State upset Alaska late last night, otherwise Michigan would have gone to Notre Dame.  Bowling Green also upset Lake Superior State in the other opening round contest.  So your match ups are:

#1 Miami vs. #8 Michigan State
#2 Notre Dame vs. #7 Bowling Green
#3 Western Michigan vs. #6 Michigan
#4 Ohio State vs. #5 Ferris State

Friday’s game starts at 6:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.  Saturday and Sunday’s (if necessary) games will start at 7:05 p.m.  No TV has been announced for those games.

Former MHNet arena monkey Geoff Chiles has a recap of Saturday’s game at his new online home.

TROUBA APPROACHING FRESHMAN RECORDS

Freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba is making his mark in the Michigan record book.  With another goal and assist Saturday night, Trouba has 25 points this season on 10 goals and 15 assists.  His 25 points ties him for fourth all-time among U-M rookie blue liners.  Former standout Jack Johnson holds the record with 32 points.  Trouba’s 10 goals ties him with Johnson for second all-time among freshman defensemen.  The record of 13 goals was set by Dean Turner in 1976-77.

AARON’S CAREER GETS JUMP START

The Chicago Tribune has a cool story on U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Champion Max Aaron, who was a former hockey teammate/linemate of junior forward Luke Moffatt back with the Phoenix Firebirds.  Moffatt said they designed a few special plays for Aaron, who was lacking in the size department at the time:

The idea was to have Aaron, about 5 feet and 100 pounds at the time, put the puck between a defenseman’s legs, follow it through with a squat or a “shoot-the-duck” move and then pick it up on the other side for a breakaway. If there were no opening down low, Aaron would try a figure skating jump as a spin-o-rama to shake the defenseman.

They fooled around with it in practice but never pulled it out in a game.

That would be a helluva spin-o-rama, I imagine.

Now a 5-foot-8 skating champion, Moffatt still believes Aaron could be playing along side him today had he stuck with hockey.

“He was never scared to dig his nose into the corner against guys twice his size and get the puck from them,” Moffatt recalled during a phone conversation. “I have no doubt if he had pursued hockey the way he did figure skating, Max could be playing right along side me.”