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“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.
– 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.