>Nanooks Roll Into Oxford
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Miami returns to Oxford after a four-game road trip to take on Alaska Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1. Both games will start at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on the Ohio News Network.
Miami leads the all-time series against the Nanooks with a record of 30-12-4, and the RedHawks lead the series in Oxford 16-5-2. Miami has won the last two meetings and three of the last four, but last season Alaska split the two-game set in Oxford with a shutout of the RedHawks on Dec. 7, 2007. This was the last time Miami was shutout.
Even with the shutout Miami was able to outscore Alaska a season ago 12-6 including 7-2 win by Miami in the final meeting of the season.
EARLY FOR ALASKA
This is the earliest in the season Miami and Alaska have played a game since 1997. That season, the Nanooks and the RedHawks faced off Oct. 25.
MIELE NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Following a big weekend sweep of Notre Dame, Miami sophomore Andy Miele was named the CCHA Offensive Player of Week.
Miele found his way to the score sheet for the first time this season in the two-game set against Notre Dame. Miele did all but score last weekend for the RedHawks as he got his first point of the season in game one when he weaved through two players and left it in front of the net for Pat Cannone. Miele then picked off a Notre Dame clear attempt and found Gary Steffes in the slot to give Miami a two-goal lead. The next night, Miele fired a shot from the left faceoff circle and was credited with a goal until a review showed that Gary Steffes made a tip in front and earned the goal.
The conference honor is the second conference honor of Miele’s career as he earned Rookie of the Week honors in the final week of the regular season last season after posting a goal and three assists against Ohio State.
BIG ONE TWO
Coming into the 2008-09 season, Gary Steffes had scored 11 goals in his Miami career. Steffes had netted five as a freshman and six more during his sophomore campaign a season ago. After six games this season, Steffes already has five goals and is tied for the lead in CCHA overall goal scoring. Steffes and the RedHawks return to Steve Cady Arena this weekend the sight of his biggest offensive explosion this season. In the second game of the year, Steffes netted a hat trick against Ohio State in the RedHawks’ 7-3 win.
The RedHawks traveled 2,367 miles in the first three weekends of their season as five of Miami’s first six games where on the road, including trips to Burlington, Vt., Columbus, Ohio and South Bend, Ind. The Red and White handled the road well as they went 2-1-2 in their first five road game, including a two-game road sweep of No. 13 Notre Dame.
Notre Dame boasted one of the nation’s top power-play units coming into the two-game set with the RedHawks. Miami put a stop to the Fighting Irish’s power play as they held them to 0-16 on the weekend. Since giving up a 5-on-4 goal on the first penalty kill of the season, Miami has not allowed a 5-on-4 goal, going 37-of-38 on the penalty kill, allowing one 5-on-3 goal against Vermont.