Monthly Archives: January 2009

>Orange You Glad the Falcons Are In Town?

>Friday Night
TV: ONN, NHL Network (7:35pm)
Radio: MURedHawks.com

Saturday Night
TV: ONN (7:05pm)
Radio: MURedHawks.com and WMOH-AM 1450

“CHECKING BOWLING GREEN”

The Falcons enter the weekend with 13 points in the CCHA standings and in 11th place in the league. Bowling Green holds an overall record of 9-14-3 and conference mark of 6-11-1-0. The Falcons, Ferris State and Michigan are the only schools in the conference yet to record a CCHA shootout win. The road has been rough for Bowling Green as it holds a record of 2-6-1 in road games this season but both of its wins have come in conference. The Falcons have won two of their last four games including a shutout win over No. 8 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dan Sexton leads the Falcons in goals, assists and points (12-18-30). Sexton is fourth in CCHA trailing Aaron Palushaj, Louie Caporusso of Michigan and conference scoring leader Carter Camper. The Falcons enter the weekend eighth in the CCHA in team offense and 12th in team defense, having allowed a conference high 86 goals this season. Bowling Green is coming a off a weekend split with Lake Superior in Bowling Green with the Falcons taking game one 4-3 and the Lakers grabbing game two by a 8-4 score.

Miami holds an all-time record of 34-58-7 with the RedHawks trailing in games held in Oxford by a mark of 22-24-2. The Red and White have controlled the series lately winning 10 of the last 11 games and the previous three consecutively. Miami has not lost to bowling at home in the regular season since Feb. 12, 2000.

THE REDHAWK RUNDOWN

– The RedHawk icers will wear stickers on their helmets starting this weekend to commemorate Miami’s 200th anniversary.

– Miami’s senior class needs two more wins to surpass last season senior as the class with the most wins in school history. The 2007-08 senior class posted 98 wins in their four seasons in the Red and White.

– The match up this weekend between the Falcons and the RedHawks will feature three of the Top 5 scorers in the CCHA. Pat Cannone ranks fifth in the league with 28 points (11-17-28). Dan Sexton of Bowling Green is fourth in the conference with 30 points (12-18-30) and Miami sophomore Carter Camper leads the conference in scoring with 32 points (16-16-32).

– Justin Mercier is only three points away from becoming the 42nd member of Miami’s100-point club. Mercier has 46 career goals and 41 assists. In 11 career games against BGSU, Mercier has four points (3-1-4) and a +3 mark.

– In Mercier’s career, Miami holds a record of 57-9-5 when the Erie, Pa. native records a point and a 38-3-1 mark when he scores a goal.

– Carter Camper leads the CCHA in points with 30 (16-16-32) his point total ranks him tied for sixth nationally.

– Pat Cannone leads the RedHawks in game tying goals with four. No other RedHawk has more than one.

– Connor Knapp ranks 10th in the nation in goals-against average. Knapp has one shutout this season and has posted 20 saves in eight of 14 starts including a team high 33 saves against Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 23.

– In Miami’s second game against Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 24, the RedHawks and the Mavericks skated in front of 10,111 fans which is the most highly attended RedHawk regular season game since Nov. 30, 2001 when 14,747 came to Columbus to Miami take on Ohio State.

– In his first 78 games with the Red and White, Gary Steffes scored 11 goals in his last 26 he has found the net eight times.

– Camper, Steffes, Mercier and Tommy Wingels all have at least four second period goals this season. Camper leads the team in second frame scores with six.

Elsewhere…

– Paula C. Weston over at USCHO is back with her latest column and weekend predictions. Here’s what Paula’s ever so popular crystal ball says this week:

Both of these in-state rivals took points last week, with the Falcons giving up 11 goals in a weekend home split against Lake Superior, and the RedHawks earning three points in Omaha with a 2-2 tie and a 6-1 win. BG is one of six teams fighting for home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs; just two points separate 11th-place Bowling Green from eighth-place Lake and Northern. The RedHawks are four points behind first-place Notre Dame but the Irish have two games in hand on Miami. The RedHawks haven’t lost to the Falcons in Oxford during the regular season since Feb. 12, 2000, and the ‘Hawks have taken 10 of their last 11 contests against the Falcons. Miami 4-2, 4-1

– For those of you that saw the U of M/MSU “incident” last weekend, both Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp are both off of the Michigan State hockey team. Conboy dropped out of school all together and Tropp is playing the rest of this season for Sioux Falls of the USHL.

GO REDHAWKS!

>RedHawks Stay Put at Number 10

>The latest USCHO Division I Rankings have been released, and Miami still finds itself at number 10 after a 1-0-1 weekend against Nebraska-Omaha. Here’s the poll:

1. Notre Dame
2. Boston College
3. Northeastern
4. Cornell
5. Minnesota
6. Vermont
7. Denver
8. Michigan
9. Princeton
10. Miami
11. Boston College
12. North Dakota
13. New Hampshire
14. Ohio State
15. Wisconsin
16. Minnesota-Duluth
17. Colorado College
18. Yale
19. Air Force
20. Dartmouth

>Jones Heading Back to Nashville

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Ryan Jones has been recalled by the Nashville Predators…again. Hey, at least the Frequent Flyer Miles will pay off eventually, right?

The Predators visit Western Canada beginning Wednesday night, with games against Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Here’s hoping Jonesy stays with the club for a while. Nashville is going nowhere this season, why not let him get more “NHL seasoning?”

>Boyle Scores in All-Star Game!

>Just a quick note here, as Miami alum Dan Boyle has scored the 4th Western Conference goal in the NHL All-Star game. Assists went to Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes) and Brian Campbell (Chicago).

This season, Boyle has 13 goals and 25 assists with the San Jose Sharks and leads the NHL in scoring by defenseman, with 38 points. For Dan, the All-Star game is the first of his career.
The San Jose Mercury News has a nice article on Boyle’s All-Star selection here. For going undrafted, Boyle has had one heck of a career.
Congratulations Dan!

>RedHawks Wrangle Mavericks

>After relinquishing a two-goal lead and settling for a tie on Friday night, Miami decisively took care of the UNO Mavericks on Saturday night, 6-1 and going 1-0-1 on the weekend trip to Omaha.

It was much of the same, really. Just like Friday night, penalties were the rule, rather than the exception in a game that gave the RedHawks twelve power play opportunities. Of those twelve, four of Miami’s six goals were scored, two of which were netted by Carter Camper, who now leads the team with 16 goals and is tied for second in the nation with 9 power play goals.

Other goal scorers on the night were Pat Cannone (10,11) who also added an assist for a three point night, Will Weber (2) and Brandon Smith (2).

Other notes/observations:

– Miami got to UNO goaltender Jerad Kaufmann early, scoring three in the first period. Kaufmann was yanked in favor of Jeremie Dupont after only playing 14:03 of the opening frame.

– The Miami penalty kill was very good this weekend, killing off 17 of 18 UNO power play chances and the powerplay…also solid, with the ‘Hawks converting on 5/20 opportuinites with the man-advantage.

– Personally, I thought Connor Knapp was ok. I don’t recall seeing anything stellar from him on either night and I’m not totally sold on either goaltender as a number one just yet. I do like the decision by Rico to play Knapp both nights though, as Reichard has struggled as of late.

– Nice to see Chris Wideman back in the lineup on Saturday night. Of all the freshman on this team, he has impressed me the most. I think his puck-moving abilities are outstanding. Can’t wait to see what his game looks like in three more years. On the other hand, I think sitting Ray Eichenlaub was a good decision. He looked very tenative at times on Friday night and made some poor decisions with the puck.

– Will the college hockey powers that be allow Miami to play all games next season on Saturday-Sunday? It seems as if any Miami team needs Friday night to “warm up” before taking care of business for real on Saturday nights.

– I wouldn’t want to upset Jarod Palmer. I can tell he wants to mix it up so bad.

– Big weekend of play, next weekend in the CCHA. A few series’ to note here, as Michigan and Notre Dame play a home and home series, Ohio State travels to Alaska, and the RedHawks play host to Bowling Green. These are important for a few reasons. One, Miami needs to sweep BG to keep pace and hold that second spot in the league standings. Anything less and Miami begins to lose some ground. Two, I think this is Notre Dame’s weekend to run away with the CCHA regular season title. I think they’ll split with the Wolverines this weekend, but with LSSU, UNO, OSU, and MSU left on their schedule, I think this is the last true test of the season for Jeff Jackson’s Irish. I also think Alaska will sweep Ohio State, in Fairbanks and Nebraska-Omaha will take care of their weekend series, against Ferris State.

Here now, my projected CCHA standings (top 6) after next weekend’s play:

Notre Dame, 34 (Split with U of M)
Miami, 32 (Sweep of BG)
Alaska, 30 (Sweep of OSU)
Michigan, 26
Nebraska-Omaha, 26 (Sweep of FSU)
Ohio State, 24

– USCHO has a nice writeup on the RedHawks, written by Dave Starman. In the column, Starman discusses Miami’s recruiting struggles within the CCHA and also touches on the lack of media coverage in the Cincinnati metro area. Check it out:

Miami University has a great campus, a phenomenal building for hockey, and a constantly improving hockey program.

Too bad it’s in the middle of nowhere and not well covered by the local media, because if the newspapers in Cincinnati and/or Dayton gave them even decent coverage, the RedHawks would be a much bigger deal than they are now.

– How true is that?! Back later in the week with more. Go RedHawks!

>RedHawks Skate to a Tie, Lose Shootout

>A penalty filled affair saw the RedHawks give up a two-goal lead in the third period and settle for a tie with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Friday night.

The Miami scoring was started in the first period, as Jerod Palmer scored his fifth goal of the season, giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead midway though the opening frame. But the story of this game, wouldn’t be the scoring prowess of either team…it would be the penalties.

The Mavericks found themselves in the box early on, taking six penalties in the first period, only to trade places with the RedHawks in the second, a period that saw Miami take seven penalties. Tempers ran high most of the night, with several post-whistle scrums around and even in the net at one point. At the 18:46 mark of the second period, three players from each team were penalized for after the whistle extra-curriculars, with UNO’s Eddie Del Grosso getting the worst, a two and a two. Both teams’ penalty kill units were strong, with Miami killing all ten UNO power plays. UNO was 7/8 on the PK.

One could argue that the ‘Hawks were outplayed in the third period, as they were outshot 15-10. The Mavericks has several scoring chances that they weren’t able to bury, but the two that they were able to pot, killed the RedHawks. After an Andy Miele goal at 9:46 of the third period to stretch the lead to two, UNO senior Tomas Klempa put the Mavs on the board nearly three minutes later and bringing his team within one. But desperation set in for Nebraska-Omaha, as goaltender Jeremie Dupont was pulled for the extra attacker…and it paid off. Sophomore Eric Olimb netted his third goal of the season, after taking a nice feed from John Kemp, and tied the game with just 1:17 remaining in regulation.

Miami had the advantage in the overtime period, outshooting the Mavericks, 2-1, but after five minutes, both teams were still deadlocked at two a piece.

But there would be more “free hockey” on this night. Things were finally settled in the sixth round of the shootout when UNO sophomore Rich Purslow buried the deciding tally past Connor Knapp, who found himself in goal on a Friday night for once, replacing the struggling Cody Reichard.

Miami scratches for the night were Michael Findorff, Dane Hetland, Chris Wideman, Alex Lacombe and Bill Loupee.

Both teams will take the ice once more, tonight, at 8:05pm ET. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports and will be broadcast in the Hamilton/Oxford area on 1450 WMOH-AM.

>RedHawks Head to Omaha & More

>Friday Night: 8:05pm ET
TV: CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613)
Radio: None
Online: MURedhawks.com

Saturday Night:
8:05pm ET
TV: CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613)
Radio: 1450 WMOH-AM
Online: MURedhawks.com

From the game notes:

The Mavericks enter the weekend with 22 points and are tied with Ohio State for fourth-place in the CCHA standings. Overall Nebraska-Omaha holds a record of 13-8-4 and 8-6-4-2 in conference play. The Crimson and Black are fourth in goals allowed in conference play (37) trailing only the RedHawks (36), Alaska (31) and league leader Notre Dame (30). The Mavericks are coming off a loss and a tie/shootout loss against Alaska in Fairbanks. Nebraska-Omaha dropped the first match up 2-0 and earned a 1-1 tie in game two with Alaska winning the shootout 1-0. The matchup between the RedHawks and the Mavericks is the only series this weekend with two teams in the top four in the league. The Crimson and Black have been dominate in the Quest Center this season boasting a record of 8-2-2 entering the weekend.

Miami holds an all-time record of 15-6-2 against Nebraska-Omaha and a 6-4-0 mark over the Mavericks in Omaha. Miami has controlled the series of late winning the last nine consecutive games. The Red and White have not lost to Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha since Oct. 18, 2002.

– The University of Nebraska-Omaha recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary and Miami University will commemorate its 200th birthday on Feb. 17.

– Both the RedHawks and the Mavericks enter the weekend with one win in their last six games.

– Justin Mercier is only five points away from becoming the 42nd member of Miami’s100-point club. Mercier has 46 career goals and 39 assists. In six career games against UNO, Mercier has six points (3-3-6) and a +8 mark.

– In Mercier’s career, Miami holds a record of 56-9-5 when the Erie, Pa. native records a point and a 38-3-1 mark when Mercier scores a goal.

– Carter Camper leads the CCHA in points with 30 (14-16-30) his point total ranks him tied for sixth nationally.

– Pat Cannone leads the RedHawks in game tying goals with four. No other RedHawk has more than one.

– Connor Knapp ranks 12th in the nation in goals-against average. Knapp has one shutout this season and has posted 20 saves in seven of 12 starts.

– Ray Eichenlaub posted a +3 rating and three blocks in Miami’s 6-1 win over Michigan State on Jan.17. The RedHawks hold a record of 9-0-1 this season when Eichenlaub has a positive +/- ranking and a 35-1-3 mark all-time.

– Gary Steffes picked up his seventh and eighth goals of the season on Jan. 17 against Michigan State. In his first 78 games with the Red and White, Steffes scored 11 goals in his last 24 he has found the net eight times.

– Camper, Steffes, Mercier and Tommy Wingels all have at least four second period goals this season. Camper leads the team in second frame scores with five.

In other news…

– Paula C. Weston predicts a Miami/UNO split this weekend:

Miami at UNO This is a serious test for each, as the RedHawks want to create a win streak and the Mavericks are eager to prove they’re top-tier material. Miami is tied for second in the CCHA with 25 points; UNO is tied for fourth with 22. The Mavs are looking to break a nine-game losing streak against the ‘Hawks, the last UNO victory in this series coming Jan. 21, 2005. UNO hasn’t beaten Miami in Omaha since 2002. Miami 4-2, UNO 3-2

– Recently, the Blue Line Club has announced the dates and numbers for the 2009 Jersey Auction. This year, those interested have the ability to place their bids online! Click here for more information. Nameplates will be available after the season. Here are the numbers and dates they’ll be available for auction:

1/31 vs Bowling Green: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 27, 28

2/21 vs. Northern Michigan: 2, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 31, 32

2/27 vs. Ohio State: 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 30

>Spartans Roll Into Oxford

>Note: The faceoff times are bit different this weekend to accommodate both games being broadcast on CBS College Sports. The Friday night drop is at 8:05pm, while Saturday’s game will begin at 5:05pm.

From the game notes:

Michigan State comes into the weekend with a record of 6-13-3 on the season and a 3-9-2-2 in the CCHA standings. The Spartans’ 10 points rank 11th in the conference. Matt Schepke leads the Spartans in points with 13 and in goals with 10. Tim Crowder leads the team in assists with nine. Michigan State has split its last four matchups, finishing second to Michigan (5-1) in Great Lakes Invitational after defeating North Dakota in the opening round (2-1). The Spartans opened 2009 with a split against Alaska in East Lansing and did not play a week ago. Michigan State started the season 4-2-1 but then the Green and White went on an 11-game winless streak.

Miami holds an all-time record of 24-65-5 against Michigan State and a mark of 10-27-3 against the Spartans in Oxford. However, in the past few match-ups, things have switched in favor the RedHawks. Miami has won the last four meetings and five of the last six. Michigan State’s last win over the RedHawks came on Jan. 6, 2007 in Oxford (4-1).

Other Notes of Interest:

– Knapp and Reichard only allowed one goal apiece against Michigan State the first time around

– Brandon Smith recorded his first career goal earlier this season against Michigan State. Smith pushed a rebound from the wing back to the center of the ice that hit Michigan State goalie Jeff Lerg and went in the net. The goal proved to be the game-winner.

– Justin Mercier missed his first game since the NCAA tournament in 2007, last week against Michigan. Mercier had played in 63 consecutive games.

– Miami swept Michigan State earlier this season in Munn Ice Arena. The RedHawks were led by Mercier and Andy Miele who both had three-point weekends. Miele posted a goal and two assists and Mercier recorded two goals and one assist.

– Head Coach Enrico Blasi will go for his 200th-career victory this weekend against Michigan State. Blasi is the all-time wins leader at Miami and has the best winning percentage in school history.

Elsewhere…

– Paula C. Weston over at USCHO predicts a RedHawk sweep:

Here’s the series to watch. The Spartans are coming off a bye week after beating North Dakota in their first game of the GLI (Dec. 27) and splitting with Alaska at home two weeks ago. The RedHawks have begun calendar year 2009 with four straight losses. The teams met in November of this season in East Lansing, with Miami winning both games and the RedHawks swept a pair in Munn in a year before that. The Spartans split the last time they played in Oxford (Jan. 5-6, 2007). Miami 3-2, 2-1

Go REDHAWKS!

>A Long Bus Ride Home…

>Can we start the New Year over? Goodness…two weekends of hockey yield consecutive sweeps for the RedHawks, after a 4-0 Sunday afternoon loss at Michigan. Carter Camper and Justin Mercier both sat out of today’s lineup with reported injuries. Mercier was said to have a leg injury and Camper’s condition is not known. No matter the ailment, this is not good for a Miami team currently lacking offensive firepower. In 2009, Miami has been outscored 16-5 in four games, as Coach Enrico Blasi still looks to pick up career win number 200. 

Here now, Miami’s record, through the first four games of each new year, under Blasi:
2000: 1-2-1
2001: 1-3
2002: 1-3
2003: 1-2-1
2004: 2-2
2005: 1-2-1
2006: 1-2-1
2007: 2-2
2008: 3-1
2009: 0-4

His next chance to do that will be this weekend…a two game home series against hapless Michigan State. Hopefully, with the return to Cady Arena, the ‘Hawks will find that scoring touch that they seemed to have lost over the last two weekends.
Miami is now five points behind first place Notre Dame in the CCHA and just two points ahead of third place shareholders Nebraska-Omaha and Alaska, who meet up next weekend in Fairbanks. 
0-4 in 2009. Not good. It’s going to be a long bus ride home…   

>Adams Officially Ends NHL Career

>Well…it’s official. Former Miami captain Kevyn Adams (Class of 1996) has officially closed the book on his NHL career. The Clarence, New York native has accepted a position with 02K Worldwide Management Group, a sports agency company (a company that also employs former Miamians Matt Oates and Eustace King.)

His career took off in the 1999-2000 season, playing 52 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Adams had only played 6 NHL games with Toronto in previous seasons.) His first full season in the NHL came with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000, where he scored two goals, including the game winner, in the Jackets first ever win in franchise history, a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on October 12, 2000.

Adams, a 1993 first round draft choice of the Boston Bruins, is one of two Miami alumni to hoist the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, his best NHL season.

Throughout his NHL career, Adams played 607 games, scoring 61 goals and 79 assists and suited up for Toronto, Columbus, Florida, Carolina, Phoenix, and Chicago. In his final NHL season with the Blackhawks, Adams only saw action in 27 games due to a knee injury, but attempted a comeback during the team’s training camp in preparation for the 2008-2009 season. That comeback was cut short, as Adams was released on the final day of roster cuts.

Congratulations on a great career Kevyn. You’ve done Miami proud.

Note: For those who would like to see current photos of King and Oates, simply click on their name to be taken to their profile with 02K.