>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).
– 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)
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!