Monthly Archives: November 2008
>If you’ve followed Miami University hockey over the last few seasons, you’d understand why Ryan Jones hadn’t gotten a haircut (much to the dismay of many opposing teams’ student sections). He was donating it to Locks of Love, in honor of a special girl with a life threatening condition that Jones was made aware of.
Sad news came this week, as Korinne Croghan, the young girl Jones was offering his support for, lost her battle with cancer. She was 14.
The Tennessean has an article on it’s website, mentioning that Jones is attempting to try and meet the Croghan family sometime soon and that he will be donating several Predators’ items (signed sticks, gloves, etc.) to raise money for the future, in Korinne’s name.
Many condolences go out to the Croghan Family.
>First off, I apologize for the lack of posting/updating lately. I’ve been super busy with school and two jobs, so please, forgive me that I haven’t been as quick to update as in the past. I’m trying!
Now, onto the real business:
– After a shootout win and a loss to Ferris State this weekend, the RedHawks have dropped two spots, to number 10 in the most recent USCHO Division I Men’s Poll.
– Just a quick list, but here are my “CCHA Winners & Losers” so far this season. A green team name means I look for the success to continue, an olive colored name means that I’ve seen flashes of success, but I haven’t bought into the idea of the particular team finishing with a .500 record and a red team name means…well, see ya’ next season!
1. Miami (4-3-3 overall)
2. Ferris State (4-3-3 overall)
3. Lake Superior (3-3-2 overall)
4. Michigan (7-3-0 overall)
5. Michigan State (4-4-2 overall)
6. Ohio State (4-5-1 overall)
7. Nebraska-Omaha (6-1-1 overall)
8. Alaska (5-4-1 overall)
9. Bowling Green (3-5-2)
10. Notre Dame (6-3-0)
11. Western Michigan (1-6-3)
12. Northern Michigan (2-5-1 overall)
Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is the CCM Vector ECHL Rookie of the Month for October.
Selected in the third round (74th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Kings, the 21 year old was 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.20 and a save percentage of .935 as the Reign began their inaugural season 4-2-0.
He won his first professional game by making 29 saves in a 2-1 win at Bakersfield on Oct. 18. He improved to 3-0-0 after making 28 saves in a 4-2 win at Las Vegas on Oct. 23 and stopping 34 shots in a 4-1 win against Las Vegas in Ontario’s home opener on Oct. 25. He closed out the month making a career-high 37 saves in a 3-2 win at Phoenix.
Zatkoff was named RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 20-26 after finishing as runner up for the award for Oct. 17-19.
He played the last three years at Miami University where he was 55-21-5 with seven shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .927 in 82 games.
Way to go Zats! Hopefully, Manchester isn’t too far off!
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“CHECKING” FERRIS STATE
Miami leads the all-time series 41-38-12 against Ferris State including a 21-19-4 record in Oxford. Last season, it was the Bulldogs that swept the Red and White in Big Rapids, Mich., (6-5 on Feb. 15; 3-1 on Feb. 16) which likely kept Miami from the CCHA regular season title. Over the last 10 match-ups between the two schools, Miami holds a record of 6-3-1. Miami has never lost to Ferris State in Steve Cady Arena and has not lost to the Bulldogs in Oxford since Dec. 11, 2004.
Jarod Palmer reached the 70-point plateau Nov. 1 against Alaska as he picked up the first assist on Carter Camper’s shorthanded goal in the third period. Brian Kaufman also picked up point number 70 for his career Nov. 1 against Alaska. The senior captain was credited with the second assist on the first goal of the game by Camper. Miami now has three active players with 70 or more career points (Kaufman, Palmer, and Justin Mercier, 79).
Carter Camper and Pat Cannone are currently tied for the team lead in points with 12. Camper has been hot on the power play as he has a national best 10 points, with the man advantage. Camper (3-7-10) also leads the conference in overall power-play points and he and Cannone (2-4-6) are the only players in the CCHA with more than five points on the power play. With his assist on Oct. 31, Camper became the fourth-fastest RedHawk to 50 points in the CCHA era. Cannone currently leads the team in points in conference with 11 and has recorded nine of those points in Miami’s three home games.
Connor Knapp earned his first career shutout as he blanked Alaska 5-0 on Nov. 1. Knapp is part of a dual threat for Miami in the net with fellow freshmen Cody Reichard. Together the two have helped Miami to a 2.08 goals against average and a 1.64 goals against average in conference play. Knapp is undefeated and untied in conference play with a 3-0-0 mark. Reichard holds a record of 1-1-1 in CCHA play with 77 saves against conference foes. Knapp has also made two saves this season on penalty shots.
MIELE ON A MELEE
Andy Miele got off to a slow start in the 2008-09 campaign but has come on strong in the last two series’. Over his last four games Miele has scored two goals, dished out three assists and earned the CCHA offensive play of the week honor on Oct. 27. He racked up three points against then-No.7 Notre Dame in the Joyce Center (Oct. 24-25) as the RedHawks swept the Fighting Irish. Miele earned his first goal of the season against Alaska as he found the net at 12:20 of the first period on Nov. 1. Miele would strike again in the third period giving him two goals on the night, tying his career high for goals in a game.
Trent Vogelhuber made his first career appearance for the Red and White as he was in the starting line-up for the RedHawks on Nov. 1 against Alaska. Vogelhuber was a seventh-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007.
Since allowing a 5-on-4 goal on its first penalty kill attempt of the season Miami has not allowed another single man-advantage goal on the campaign. Miami has also killed off 36 consecutive power plays including going 10-for-10 against Alaska on Nov. 1. Miami currently leads the CCHA on the penalty kill as it has stopped opponents on 96 percent (52-54) of their power-play chances. This gives Miami the third-best penalty-kill unit in the nation.
THIS IS GETTING OFFENSIVE
Miami has been one of the top teams in the CCHA in offense in 2008-09. Miami has been led by Pat Cannone and Carter Camper, who both have 12 points on the season. Seventeen different RedHawks have recorded a point on the season and 10 different members of the Red and White have a goal this season. Of the 10 players with a goal only one, Brian Kaufman, has one the remaining nine all have at least two on the campaign. Gary Steffes has been the biggest offensive surprise as he posted 11 goals in his first two seasons with the RedHawks and has five in the first eight games of his junior year. Camper has been on a tear on the power play as he leads the nation in power-play points with 10 and has 11 points on special team (one shorthanded goal).
Steve McInchak (R)
Brian Hill (R)
Brian Frerichs (L)
Adam Fish (L)