Monthly Archives: January 2009
>Structural damage to Yost Ice Arena…that’s the reason why the University of Michigan has postponed tonight’s game vs. Miami, until Sunday at 4pm. Reports are saying that the converted field house suffered damage during a recent winter storm. The first game of the weekend series will now be played on Saturday night.
Tickets for tonight’s contest will be honored on Sunday.
In other news…
– INCH has a short read on the RedHawks “shooting blanks” at the Ohio Hockey Classic, last weekend. You can check that out by clicking here.
– USCHO columnist and self-proclaimed college hockey guru Paula C. Weston is predicting a U of M sweep this weekend:
Hmmm…I wonder how long it takes to walk from Columbus to Oxford, Ohio? That’s the thought that crossed my mind after Miami dropped a pair of games it absolutely should have won last weekend in the last-ever Ohio Hockey Classic, losing 4-2 to Clarkson and 3-2 to Army. Army. Yes, Army. (No offense to the gents from West Point, but – really – Army.) The RedHawks will be determined when they play the Wolverines, who captured their second consecutive Great Lakes Invitational Tournament title two weeks ago. Michigan head coach Red Berenson is 60-18-3 all-time against Miami (18-6-1 against RedHawk head coach Enrico Blasi), but the ‘Hawks swept the Wolverines in Oxford Nov. 21-22, outscoring the Wolverines 4-1 in those games. UM 3-2, 4-2
– By the way, Weston also mentions that fans have experienced their last Ohio Hockey Classic. The tournament will fold because of the expense and lack of sponsorship. With Miami’s recent OHC performance…this blogger says “good riddance.”
>– Carter Camper has been named the RBC Player of the Month for December. The sophomore led the RedHawks to a 4-0-0 record in December and tallied four goals, and six assists, finishing with a +7 rating.
– Hockey’s Future has published the AHL prospects update for the Los Angeles Kings organization and both Alec Martinez and Jeff Zatkoff are included.
Here’s what HF has to say about Martinez:
Martinez is the more mobile defenseman of the group, but has been slow to adjust to the AHL. One of the better offensive-minded defensemen in college hockey last season, Martinez needs work on aspects of his offensive game to retain his reputation. If he can begin to find the back of the net with a little more regularity, the Monarchs might be set offensively from their blueline with the combination of Martinez and Voynov.
Accompanying the promotion of Quick to Los Angeles was the promotion of Jeff Zatkoff to Manchester from Ontario of the ECHL. Zatkoff was enjoying an all-star season for Ontario as a rookie goaltender, placing third in the league in save percentage. Now acting as the backup netminder for the Monarchs, he is still at least a year away from earning a consistent opportunity in the AHL as it would be difficult to imagine that the Kings would sit Bernier for any extended period of time absent a complete collapse in his game.
– Speaking of Zats, he earned his first AHL victory on Wednesday night, with a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins. Zatkoff made 29 saves for the Monarchs, who improved to 17-16-0-5 with the win.
– And finally, the always popular PairWise Rankings and Ratings Percentage Index have been released over at US College Hockey Online. The Redhawks are currently 7th, with a PWR of 18 and and an RPI of .5574, good enough for a 10th place ranking. I’ll explain PWR and RPI more in-depth as we get closer to the NCAA tournament selection in March.
>No surprise here, as former Redskin and current San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was named today, to the 2009 Western Conference All-Star roster.
This is Boyle’s first all-star selection. He is currently tied for the lead among NHL defensemen for both goals (12) and points (32). He also has 20 assists.
Congratulations on a well deserved all-star selection, Dan!
>For those that don’t know, Ryan Jones was recalled today from Milwaukee and scored his fourth NHL goal for the Nashville Predators in a 2-1 Colorado win tonight.
Here’s HockeyBuzz’ Brandon Felder, with Jones after last night’s Nashville loss:
Brandon Felder – “How would you describe your time down in Milwaukee. You’ve obviously had success down there.”
Ryan Jones – “Well it’s a learning experience. It’s my first year out of college and the pro game is a little bit different so you go down there and get to learn things at a slower speed. The wall play and stuff is crucial down there but the game is not as fast.”
Felder – “Going into tonight was there any nerves or was there more of comfort feeling since you’ve been up here before?”
Jones – “It’s more comfortable and I’m more confident having been here before, knowing that my play controls whether or not I’ll be here in the future. So, I just go out and play my hardest.”
>– Just a bit of news today, as defenseman Mitch Ganzak was released just one game into his 25-game tryout with the Norfolk Admirals. Ganzak was a -1 with no points in his only game with Norfolk. Methinks this has something to do with Ty Wishart and Vladimir Mihalik being sent back from Tampa Bay.
Anyhow, Ganzak will now return to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
– After a dismal performance at the Ohio Hockey Classic this weekend, the RedHawks have dropped from number two in the country…to number eight in the latest USA Today Division I poll. Miami takes on Michigan, in Ann Arbor, this weekend.
>- Not a good weekend for the RedHawks. A fourth place finish in the Ohio Hockey Classic, with losses to Clarkson and Army. Who’d have ever thought? Miami is now 4-4-2 all time in the OHC and was the first time since 2004 that the ‘Hawks have lost consecutive non-conference games. Army scored two shorthanded goals and Clarkson scored two powerplay goals. From all reports, the special teams play simply called in this weekend. This team needs a bag skate and a lot of work this week before a tough series in Ann Arbor next weekend. Enough said.
By the way, Ohio State won The Classic, with a 2-0 victory over Clarkson.
– Defenseman Mitch Ganzak was a -1 in his debut with the Norfolk Admirals tonight.
– Jeff Zatkoff took his second AHL loss in as many games in a 2-1 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday night. Zats is now 0-2 in the “A” with a 2.53 GAA.
>Great news today, for Wheeling Nailers defenseman Mitch Ganzak, as he has signed a PTO with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.)
Ganzak has played well this season in the “E” with Wheeling, registering 4 goals, 18 assists, and is third in the ECHL with + 19 ranking.
For those who don’t know, “PTO” stands for Professional Try Out. These types of contracts are for 25 games, but a player can be released before those allotted games are up. A second PTO can also be signed, the difference here being that the player becomes a free agent after the second PTO is completed/terminated, or the player will be signed to an “SPC”, meaning standard player contract.
Ganzak will wear number 43 for the Admirals, who take on the Portland Pirates at 7pm.
Congratulations and good luck Mitch!
>The first game of the second half of the season has just come to and end…and the RedHawks looked to be a bit rusty, dropping the Ohio Hockey Classic Opener to Clarkson, 4-2 and ending an eight game winning streak.
Here’s the scoring breakdown for Miami:
Camper (Wingels, Cannone) at 8:44 of the second…a powerplay goal
Vaive (Eichenlaub) at 7:57 of the third…also a powerplay goal
And there you have it…Cody Reichard takes the loss in net and Coach Blasi will have to wait to pick up that 200th career victory.
The RedHawks will face the Army Black Knights in the OHC Consolation game tomorrow at 5:05pm.