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>…and another season of Miami hockey comes to a close. First and foremost, a big congratulations goes out to everyone involved with the hockey program. The coaches, equipment/training staff, media relations, off-ice officials, Cady Arena personnel, everyone…and especially…the players for being a part of something very, very special.

Going into this season, most expected and considered this a “rebuilding year.” With a great first half of the season, the team had a rough start to the second half and eventually missed a trip to post-season action at the Joe. They had the second best power-play and the best penalty kill in the CCHA. Considering the team had a young blueline, two freshman goaltenders, and a lot to replace offensively, making the NCAA tournament was a great reward for the squad and gave the younger players some great “big game” experience. The Frozen Four weekend was something very special to be a part of and although the end result was so heartbreaking, I for one am extremely proud of this team’s effort. They gave Boston a run for their money and it says a lot about where the program stands. Although the last minute of regulation will be fresh in the minds of many for quite some time, the underclassmen will build off of this experience and be even more hungry for a national title in the seasons to come.

It was hard, personally for me, to see our senior class go out the way they did. They should be proud to be a part of the winningest class in Miami hockey history, with 106 wins. This senior class was exceptional. They were the first class to be ranked number one in any sport, the first class to win an NCAA tournament game, the first to 30 wins in a season, the first to 100 total wins, the first to advance to the tournament all four years…and most importantly, the first class to ever reach the Frozen Four.

Without further adieu, here are the RedHawk seniors and their career stats:

2- Michael Findorff
Defenseman
41 Games Played
1 Goal
5 Assist
6 Points

10- Alex Lacombe
Center

64 Games Played
9 Goals
12 Assists
21 Points

15- Brian Kaufman
Forward
125 Games Played
30 Goals
54 Assists
84 Points

16- Justin Mercier
Forward

157 Games Played
52 Goals
52 Assists
104 Points

18- Ray Eichenlaub
Defenseman
145 Games Played
9 Goals
36 Assists
45 Points

24- Kevin Roeder
Defenseman

152 Games Played
5 Goals
31 Assists
36 Points

28- Bill Loupee
Forward

105 Games Played
8 Goals
14 Assists
22 Points

Thank you, seniors. Your contributions have helped pave the way to make Miami hockey one of the nation’s top programs. Some careers will continue in hockey, others, will not. Regardless, we wish you the best of luck in life. Miami will not forget your hard work and devotion to The Brotherhood.

**In a final tournament note, Kevin Roeder and Tommy Wingels were named to the All-Tournament Team.**

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Posted on April 13, 2009, in Bill Loupee, Brian Kaufman, Justin Mercier, Kevin Roeder, Michael Findorff, Ray Eichenlaub. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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