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Cherniwchan has Ken and Mickey on his side for CCHA Play of the Year

March 9, 2012 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University senior Andrew Cherniwchan is up for the CCHA Play of the Year Award on with the winner being announced Thursday, March 15 at the CCHA Awards show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Cherny’s play comes from a 3-2 overtime loss on Feb. 18 to Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor when he split three Wolverine defenders en route to beating UM goaltender Shawn Hunwick top shelf in the third period to tie the game at 2-2 and force OT.

Cherny’s goal is one of 12 plays — one for each team, plus a bonus play for Bowling Green State, currently up for vote at I’ve embedded Cherny’s highlight below. To vote for the Wildcats’ nominee, fans can text “Vote 10659” to 52627 with standard text message rates applying.

The play that receives the most votes will be declared the winner.

Besides being a darn pretty goal to watch, I like Cherny’s chances simply because he has two of the best broadcasters in the business calling his goal — Detroit Red Wings’ play-by-play man Ken Daniels and Red Wings’ analyst Mickey Redmond.

Take Western Michigan’s nominee for example, which is not only two plays — the Broncos can do a fake slap shot, woot — but neither clip of the fake out has sound.

Try imagining the end of the “Miracle on Ice” minus Al Michaels, or worse, with no sound.

Sorry Western, maybe next year.

Below are my top challengers to what I’ve dubbed, “Cherny > Four Wolverines.”

Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays makes an unbelievable stick save against a 2-on-1 Michigan State breakaway.

Bowling Green State’s Bryce Williamson picks the pocket of Michigan defenseman Jon Merrill — probably distracted by brunette girls — for the game-winning goal at the BGSU Ice Arena.

Finally, Ferris State’s Eric Alexander completely embarrasses the entire Wildcat team with his goal against Reid Ellingson.

That last one was ugly. Happy voting.

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