CCHA Hockey Playoffs 2011: Miami Takes Title; Michigan Comes In Third

The champions of the 2011 CCHA playoffs are the Miami RedHawks. Western Michigan finished second, and Michigan beat Notre Dame for third place.

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CCHA Playoffs 2011: Miami Wins Mason Cup; Michigan Finishes Third

The champions of the 2011 CCHA playoffs are the Miami RedHawks. Miami beat Western Michigan by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena for its first ever Mason Cup title. Earlier in the day, Michigan edged Notre Dame for a 4-2 victory to take third place in the CCHA tournament.

The Miami game looked like it could be a repeat of yesterday's blowout of Notre Dame at first. The RedHawks held a 2-0 lead after the first period and were dominating the action. In the second period, however, Western Michigan cut into the lead with a goal. In the third period, the Broncos scored first to tie the game at two goals apiece. Miami imposed its will after that, however, scoring three straight goals to finish the game and win 5-2.

Michigan's game got off to a bit of a rough start with Red Wings draft pick Riley Sheahan scoring less than five minutes in for Notre Dame. Louie Caporusso responded later in the period with a power-play goal, and Carl Hagelin scored 15 seconds later to give Michigan the lead. Jeff Rohrkemper provided an insurance goal in the third, which proved to be big since Notre Dame scored with less than two to go in the game. Luke Glendening added an empty-netter to ice the victory for Michigan.

Next up for all four of these teams is waiting for the NCAA hockey tournament selection show, which airs on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2. Miami is now in position for a No. 1 seed by winning the Mason Cup, and Michigan looks like it will have a No. 2 seed. Both Western Michigan and Notre Dame are likely going to be in the tournament, and both could receive No. 3 seeds.

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CCHA Playoffs 2011: Michigan Hockey Loses To Western Michigan, 5-2

Two games were played at Joe Louis Arena on Friday as part of the 2011 CCHA playoffs, and neither was even remotely close. The action began Friday afternoon with Miami thrashing Notre Dame for a 6-2 victory, and it came to a close with Western Michigan stunningly beating Michigan by a score of 5-2 last night.

The Michigan/Western Michigan game was actually close after one period, as the Broncos held just a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The floodgates opened up in the second period. WMU scored four goals to take a 5-1 lead into the third period. Michigan managed to cut into the lead by scoring a goal, but it wasn't even close to being enough. Western Michigan won, 5-2.

The first game of the day was never close. Miami led Notre Dame by a score of 4-0 after one period. Notre Dame scored twice in the second period, but Miami got one goal to make it 5-2 going into the third. The RedHawks would add one more goal to make the final 6-2 in their favor.

The results from Friday's games mean that Miami will take on Western Michigan for the CCHA playoffs title at 7:35 p.m. tonight. Michigan will play Notre Dame in the third-place game at 3:35 p.m. (Both games will once again be on FS Detroit Plus.) A No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA hockey tournament is out of the question now for the Wolverines, so they will look for a win to ensure a No. 2 seed.

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