>RedHawks Head to South Bend
>Our No. 10 ranked Miami RedHawks will continue CCHA play this weekend, as they make the trek to South Bend to take on a very good, very tough Notre Dame squad, ranked 8th in the country. If you’ll recall, the Fighting Irish came into Oxford last season and knocked off Miami, at the time, the No. 1 team in the nation. Miami would take the second game of the weekend series, before eventually knocking Notre Dame out of the CCHA tournament.
This week, you’ll be able to view both games, online, for free! Here is the link and you’ll need to click on the gold colored “live events” tab to access the video.
Note: you’ll need to have Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer to run the video player. If you don’t have it, there is a link to install it when you click on the feed for tonight’s game.
From the Game Notes:
“CHECKING” NOTRE DAME
Miami holds the all-time lead in the series between the two schools with a record of 30-15-8 and Notre Dame is one of only two schools in the CCHA that the RedHawks have a winning record against on the road. The Red and White lead the all-time series at UND with a record of 12-8-6. Notre Dame opened the season with a loss to then-No.6 Denver in Denver, Col., and since that 5-2 loss at the hands of the Pioneers, the Fighting Irish have not surrendered a goal. In the second weekend of the season, Notre Dame blanked Sacred Heart 3-0, Friday, Oct. 17, and 7-0, Saturday, Oct. 18 both games were at Notre Dame.
The last time the RedHawks and the Fighting Irish played each other the game was a thriller as Miami won 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals of the 2008 CCHA Tournament. Ryan Jones tied the game with four-seconds remaining and the RedHawks won in overtime on a goal by Alec Martinez.
FEELING AT HOME IN BURLINGTON
Tommy Wingels scored his first goals of the season on the road trip to Burlington, Vt. Wingels posted two goals, one in each game. Wingels scored his first when he intercepted a neutral ice pass and beat the goalie right side for the RedHawks first shorthanded goal since Justin Mercier netted a goal on the penalty kill Jan. 26, 2008 in Alaska against the Nanooks.
THIS IS GETTING OFFENSIVE
Miami has been an offensive power house through the first four-games of the season and it is not just one player it is a team effort as 13 different players have at least one-point and nine different players have goals on the young season. The team is led in goals by Carter Camper and Gary Steffes, who both have three. Camper has been a one man wrecking crew on the power play as all of his seven-points this season have come on the power-play. Camper is also tied for the top spot in the nation in power-play goals as the sophomore from Rocky River, Ohio already has three goals on the power play.
Three members of the RedHawks are also in the Top 20 nationally in points per-game. Camper, Pat Canonne and Captain Brian Kaufman are all averaging 1.75 points per-game and the three members of the Red and White each have seven-points on the campaign.
Three RedHawks have registered their first career points in the first two weekends of the season. Chris Wideman racked up four points in back-to-back games against Ohio State and earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors for his performance. Will Weber got on the score sheet in Vermont as he picked up the first assist on the goal by Pat Cannone in the third period of the Oct. 17 game against the Catamounts. Neither Wideman nor Weber had to wait as long as Brandon Smith did for this first career point. Smith was credited with the second assist on Alexandre Lacombe’s goal in the Oct. 18 game against Vermont. Smith was in only his fourth career game for the RedHawks but the Pepper Pike, Ohio native is now in his third season in Oxford.
USCHO prognosticator Paula C. Weston, once again predicts another RedHawk split this weekend.
The first time these two teams met last season, Miami was ranked No. 1 — the death knell for any team playing the dragon-slaying Fighting Irish. The teams split in Oxford with ND taking the first game, and Miami went on to eliminate Notre Dame from the CCHA tournament … while the Irish went all the way to the national title game. Should be a great series. ND 2-1, Miami 2-1
Inside College Hockey also has a nice feature on the ND defense and it’s efforts to build on consecutive shutouts. Check it out by clicking here.