Monthly Archives: December 2008

>Friday Update, Jones Sent Back to Milwaukee

>– NHL.com has a nice article about the impressive performance of Jeff Zatkoff, for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.

These days, it’s the Los Angeles Kings who are far from mad with Zatkoff, who was selected in the third round by the club in the 2006 Entry Draft. Playing in his first professional season, Zatkoff is 7-6-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage for Ontario, which is the Kings’ ECHL affiliate.

You can check the rest out at this link.

– USCHO “prognosticator” Paula C. Weston predicts a Miami sweep this weekend against hapless RPI:

The RedHawks swept the Engineers in Troy, N.Y., last season, outscoring RPI 12-4. RPI is 3-11-1 overall this year; last week the Engineers broke a six-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over Brown. This series is Saturday-Sunday. Miami 4-2, 4-1

– Ryan Jones has been sent back to the Milwaukee Admirals after being recalled yesterday by the Nashville Predators. Jones suited up for his 16th NHL game last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, seeing 10:43 worth of ice time.

>Knapp Showcases His Mask

>CBS College Sports has put together a neat feature on Connor Knapp, in which he reveals the inspiration behind the paint job on his mask.

You can check it out by clicking here.

>Jones Recalled to Nashville

>Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Ryan Jones from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Jones, who started the season with Nashville and has six points (3g-3a) in 15 games with the Predators this season, was reassigned to the Admirals on November 20. The 6-2, 215-pound forward has posted nine points (6g-3a) and a +4 rating in eight games with Milwaukee.

Jonesy will be in the lineup tonight against Columbus (TV: FSN-Ohio).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It will be Round Two for Ryan Jones when the Predators play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Jones began the season on the NHL level, but was reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League about three weeks ago – along with fellow rookie forward Patric Hornqvist.

He’ll be wearing the Predators jersey once again tonight, as Jones was recalled this morning because of injuries to Jordin Tootoo and Scott Nichol. The 6-2, 215-pound forward had posted nine points (six goals, three assists) and a plus-four rating in eight games with the Admirals. “He’s been playing very well in Milwaukee,’’ Preds coach Barry Trotz said.

“He got a goal last night and he’s really been taking his game to the next level. It’s good. We want guys to come up based on accountability and performance versus reputation or draft status.’’

Jones said he feels the experience gained at the AHL level has benefited him.

“I think my confidence increased while I was there,’’ Jones said. “I can honestly say I think I’m a better player now than when I went down.’’

>Wednesday Tidbits

>– NHL.com has a nice feature on Sharks’ defenseman Dan Boyle, who is off to a fantastic start this season. The article mentions this tidbit, which I found interesting:

Boyle actually wears jersey No. 22 in honor of his favorite Flyer — Rick Tocchet, now the Tampa Bay Lightning coach. The Lightning were Boyle’s former team.

Check it out by clicking here.

– Ryan Jones scored yet another goal on Wednesday night, as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated Quad City, 5-3. Jonesy now has 6 goals and 3 assists in 8 games with the Ads. Can a brotha’ get a call up?

– After a weekend sweep of lowly Western Michigan, the RedHawks have moved up one spot, to number three, in the latest USCHO.com Division I Poll. Miami trails Notre Dame and Minnesota at 1 and 2, respectively.

– Former RedHawk captain Andy Greene participated in the New Jersey Devils optional morning skate today and should be close to returning to the lineup after breaking his right hand on October 29. Greene says that he isn’t sure exactly when he’ll be back in the Devils’ lineup, but says he does expect to practice tomorrow.

UPDATE: Devils Coach Brent Sutter said before Wednesday’s game that Andy will not play until at least next week. Source.

– The United Way of Oxford is partnering with the Miami hockey program to help those less fortunate this holiday season, by offering two “hockey themed” packages, to raise money charity organization. Here’s a link to each of the packages, listed on eBay:

Package One (Click Here): Fans can bid to be the “Guest Coach” for the RedHawks and join Coach Blasi on the bench as Miami hosts Bowling Green Falcons on January 30. Bidding ends on December 14 at 5:30pm.

Package Two (Click Here): Up for grabs here, are four tickets to the Miami/Northern Michigan game on February 20. However, these aren’t just any tickets. The lucky winner of this auction will get to enjoy this CCHA match up from Coach Blasi’s box suite at Cady Arena. This auction also ends at 5:30pm on December 14.

Be sure and have the checkbook ready if you plan to bid. Both packages are already quite pricey, but it’s for a great cause. For more information on the United Way of Oxford, check out UWOxford.org.

– Ryan Jones scored yet another goal Wednesday night, as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated Quad City, 5-3. Jonesy now has 6 goals and 3 assists in 8 games with the Ads. Can a brotha’ get a call up?

– And finally, the RedHawks take on the RPI Engineers this weekend. Once again, it’s a Saturday/Sunday series. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ONN with Dave Allen (play-by-play) and Kevin Ackley (color commentary).

Here are the game notes, courtesy of the RPI Athletic Department. (For those wondering, RPI’s record is 3-11-1. They’ve only beaten Harvard, Brown, and Robert Morris.)

>Wideman Named Defenseman of the Week

>Freshman defenseman Chris Wideman has been named the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Here’s the league release:

Wideman (0-4-4) assisted on the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 4-2 win at WMU before setting up three more goals in Sunday’s 7-3 victory over the Broncos.

Congratulations Chris!

>Today’s Miami Memory…

>Today’s Miami Memory profiles the program’s first ever number one ranking after a weekend sweep of Ferris State in 2006.

You can check it out by clicking here.

>Back in the Top 5…

>The latest USA Today Poll is out…and the RedHawks are in…well, we knew they’d be IN, however the Miami Icers now find themselves in the top five. Here’s the poll:

1. Notre Dame
2. Minnesota
3. Boston College
4. Miami
5. Boston University
6. Colorado College
7. Denver
8. Northeastern
9. Princeton
10. Air Force
11. Minnesota State
12. Vermont
13. Cornell
14. Michigan
15. New Hampshire

Ok, a few things here:

– First off, congratulations to Notre Dame for a well deserved number one ranking. I believe that Jeff Jackson has the best team in the country and will make a convincing run to the National Championship game once again this season.

– Air Force is looking to be a real dark horse team this season. The Falcons gave the RedHawks a good scare last year in the opening round of tournament play and soundly defeated Colorado College earlier this season. Todd Milewski has a nice column over at USCHO looking at the Falcon’s success and what possible implications it has for post-season action. Check that out by clicking here.

– Also, looking at the upcoming schedule, there is NO reason that Miami shouldn’t take 12 out of the next 12 possible points, with WMU, Rensselaer and the Ohio Hockey Classic on the horizon. Western is bad, Rensselaer is awful, and the OHC should make for a nice, relaxing 4 point weekend, with OSU, Clarkson, and Army in the fold.