Monthly Archives: September 2009

>Monday Update



The Miami RedHawks are the number one team in the country. Well…at least in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll. Miami finished two points ahead of Denver and grabbed four first place votes to nab the top spot. The rest of the top five is as follows:

1. Miami (457)
2. Denver (455)
3. Boston University (438)
4. University of Michigan (384)
5. Notre Dame (370)
I’ve been told by a credible source that former RedHawk Nino Musitelli will be joining the Allen Americans of the CHL this season, instead of the Elmira Jackals. Musitelli was recently cut from the Binghamton Senators camp. According to the source, Charlie Effinger may also be on his way to the Allen squad.
Former Miami defenseman Alec Martinez has earned a spot on the Los Angeles Kings opening night roster. According to most, Tino is currently the 7th or 8th defenseman within the organization and will likely be featured on the top pairing with second year star Drew Doughty. I personally believe that he could use some more seasoning in the AHL, but if the organization has enough confidence in him, then I’m okay with that. Best of luck to him. Kings’ veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell is suspended for the first two games of the season.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 season, three points will be on the line for a conference game, as regulation and overtime winners will now be worth three points in the standings. A shootout win will see two points awarded and a shootout loss will give the losing team one point. Losses in regulation or overtime still result in no points in the conference standings. To recap:
Regulation Win: 3 points
Regulation Loss: 0 points
Shootout Win: 2 points
Shootout Loss: 1 point
Overtime Win: 3 points
Overtime Loss: 0 points
I say: GET RID OF THE SHOOTOUT! That’s another story for another day, however.

>Where Will They Finish: Teams 7 -12

>Folks, we’re three weeks away from hockey now. I apologize for the lack of updates and interviews over the course of this off season, but please believe me when I say that it isn’t because I haven’t been trying. I’m always open to ideas for the site here, so please, drop me a line by clicking on the envelope at the top left of the page.

Now, onto business. Over the next several days, I will put together a short “CCHA Preview” of sorts, revealing the order in which I believe the teams to finish in the standings this season. Please, do not take these odds in Vegas. Lots of guesswork goes into this, believe me.

12. Bowling Green Falcons
2008-2009 Record:
11-24-3 (12th place)

11. Lake Superior State Lakers
2008-2009 Record:
11-20-8 (10th place)

10. Ferris State Bulldogs
2008-2009 Record:
12-19-7 (9th place)

9. Western Michigan Broncos
2008-2009 Record: 14-20-7 (7th place)

8. Michigan State Spartans
2008-2009 Record: 10-23-5 (11th place)

7. Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
2008-2009 Record: 15-17-8 (8th place)

Part two will soon follow. What are your thoughts on the bottom half of the CCHA?

>INCH Features Wideman in A-Z Preview

>“Wideman is a well-rounded defenseman with great hockey sense and strong abilities in all areas of his game. Because he moves and distributes the puck so well, the sophomore-to-be is an integral part of Miami’s power play, where he notched 17 of his assists.”

To read the rest of the article, click here.

>Cyclones Sign Roeder

>The Cincinnati Cyclones announced today that the team has signed defenseman Kevin Roeder for the 2009-2010 season. Roeder, the definition of a “stay at home defenseman,” has been one of the most exciting players in Division-1 hockey over the last four years, largely due to his leadership, playmaking ability, and hard hitting.

He finished his Miami career with a plus-50 rating and 36 points in 152 games. Although his claim to fame won’t be one that he’d like to remember, his consistent play each weekend made him into one of the top players on a very good RedHawks team.

Roeder is the ninth player from Miami University to don a Cyclones sweater and the first since the franchise returned to Cincinnati in 2006. He follows in the footsteps of Dan Boyle, Chuck Thuss, Chris Bergeron, Ryan Brindley, Tom Neziol, Josh Harrold, Dan Beaudette, and Evan Cheverie.

The Cyclones open the pre-season on October 9th, as they hose the “returning” Toledo Walleye (formerly the Toledo Storm).

Congratulations to Kevin! Here’s hoping this is just the start to a great pro career. He was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp and is currently in Traverse City, Michigan playing in the organization’s prospect tournament. In his first game on Monday night, he registered one assist.

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