>Knapp Honored as CCHA Rookie of the Week
Connor Knapp picked up the second rookie of the week award of the season for Miami University and his first conference weekly award of his career.
Knapp earned the award with his Perani Cup first-star performance against then-No.17 Michigan State on Nov. 15 at Munn Ice Arena. Knapp posted 23 saves and only allowed one goal en route to his fourth win of the season, all against CCHA foes. The freshman lowered his goals against average for the fourth consecutive game and has only allowed three goals in his last four games. Corey Tropp scored at 11:49 of the third period and ended Knapp’s streak of three consecutive periods of shutout hockey. Knapp went 85:26 without allowing a goal. His biggest save of the night came in the second period when Tropp looked like he had a great opportunity to even the score at one, but Knapp made a solid kick save and preserved the lead for Miami.
The RedHawks are not just a one man operation in the net. Fellow freshman goalie Cody Reichard is also one of the conferences’ top goalies. Both Knapp and Reichard hold goals-against averages below two, and both have save percentages above 92-percent. Together they have helped Miami to a 1.88 goals against average on the season. The two have played so evenly that they are tied for 12th in the Perani Cup standings. Both have a first star and a second star to their credit. On the campaign Miami has split time evenly between the two net minders as Reichard has handled all the Friday starts and Knapp all the games on Saturday.