Monthly Archives: October 2008
>The RedHawks made the most of their chances on Friday night, defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 2-0. Freshman goaltender Cody Reichard earned his first win of the season, as sophomore forward Pat Cannone continued his hot streak, adding goal. The other Miami tally was scored by Gary Steffes.
The RedHawks take on the Irish in game two of the weekend series, tomorrow night from the Joyce Center.
>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.
McKenzie and Cook are “B-Rating” players while Murphy, Spinell, and Smith are “C-Rating” players.
Just what do these ratings mean you ask?
A Rating: A must see player who is predicted to be a potential First or Second Round Draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
B Rating: A player to note if you are in the area, a potential selection in the
Third to Fifth Round Draft Selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
C Rating: A player that Central Scouting is tracking, a potential late round
selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
>Quick update here just before I head off to bed.
– Dan Boyle chipped in a goal as the San Jose Sharks denied the Philadelphia Flyers their first win of the season. San Jose won, in a shootout, 7-6.
– Nice find by laxmom here, as the Newark Star-Ledger has a nice article about Andy Greene and his “perfect record” in the Devil’s lineup. (You’ll have to read the article, if you don’t know what the “prefect record” is.) Greene now has one goal and two assists so far this season.
– Ryan Jones has updated his blog with the Nashville Predators. The blog is linked on the upper right side of this page. Jones is also featured in the video below, reading to some elementary school children. What a guy.
The CCHA era begins for Miami hockey with the Red and White defeating Western Michigan 2-0 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Vern Sketchley and Steve Morris each tallied goals while Dan Kodatsky earned the shutout in goal. Miami went on to collect nine league wins in its inaugural season of CCHA play.
Check it out at this link.
According to the St. Cloud Times, Indiana Ice defenseman Joe Hartman has committed to Miami University. The blog post didn’t mention when Hartman would arrive at Miami. Through five games this season, he has one goal and three assists and is a + 3.
Apparently, several WCHA schools, including St. Cloud State in his hometown were interested in him. One would have to think that Jeff Blashill put in a good word for the RedHawks as well.
Joe currently plays with “RedHawk to Be” Max Cook in Indiana.
UPDATED: Here is an article from the St. Cloud Times from this morning that confirms Joe will be joining the Miami hockey program in 2009.
In front of a Goggin Arena crowd of 3,248, Miami falls 3-2 to defending National Champion Lake Superior State. The Red and White rebounds the following night, knocking off the Lakers 4-3 in front of 3,144, the third largest crowd in Goggin history. It was the most well-attended hockey weekend in Miami history.
>In the latest USCHO/CBS College Sports Poll, Miami has fallen to number ten in the nation after a 0-1-1 weekend at Vermont, who moved up six spots to number eleven.
Here’s the poll:
1. Colorado College
3. Boston College
4. New Hampshire
6. Boston U
8. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
13. Minnesota State
15. St. Cloud State
16. North Dakota
18. Northern Michigan
– Congratulations to Northeastern, as they knocked off number one Boston College this weekend. The Huskies were unranked going into play last Friday night and shot into the polls, at number fourteen this week.