Northern Michigan, Alaska, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green then moved to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and Notre Dame chose the Hockey East Association.
“Everybody wants to try to pin it on us,” Blasi said. “But I think what we did was most important for Miami University, and that was find a home that we feel comfortable with. Honest to God, if it wasn’t for the Big Ten and Penn State coming in, the CCHA would still be there. It wasn’t us that went first. It was Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. That’s the truth.”
Quick hitters: Miami has won 10 of its last 12 CCHA tournament games, but has never beaten Michigan in this event. The Wolverines are 5-0, winning once in 1991-92, twice in 1995-96, once in 2007-08 and once in 2009-10.
With the RedHawks and Michigan heading to different leagues next year, it could be a while before they play again. “We’d like to,” Blasi said. “We think it’s become a pretty good rivalry. But right now it’s just not fitting in the schedule for either team.”
The Wolverines are giving up 3.3 goals per game. They’ve allowed three or more goals 26 times this season.
Records of the four semifinalists: Miami 24-10-5, Michigan 17-18-3, Notre Dame 23-12-3, Ohio State 16-16-7.