Monthly Archives: December 2011

Team USA routs Denmark 11-3

Miami’s Austin Czarnik had two assists and generated several quality scoring chances and linemates Kyle Rau and Nick Bjugstad combined for three goals as Team USA won its first WJC match 11-3.

The U.S. led 3-2 after one period as the Danes were able to keep the score close on the strength of two powerplay goals. But, at even strength, they were no match for the Americans who outshot Denmark 44-24 on the night.

In the second, the United States exploded for six goals to end any drama.

Denmark would add one more powerplay marker in the third and Jack Campbell made 21 saves for the victory.

Next up for Team USA is Finland on Wednesday at 3:30pm EDT. The game will be televised on NHL Network.

Overall, I was impressed by the combination of size and speed of the Americans. On the blueline, the Americans are imposing with former Notre Dame commit, Jarred Tinordi leading the troops and standing a stout 6’7″. But, the U.S. goes 6’7″ (Tinordi), 6’5″ (Derek Forbort), 6’4″ (Stephen Johns and Kevin Gravel), 6’3 (Jon Merrill) and 6’2″ (Jacob Trouba). In addition the speed of Jason Zucker, Austin Czarnik and Emerson Etem was devastating as Czarnik in particular was flying all over the ice. Said, Miami’s Trent Vogelhuber on his Twitter feed last night, “Good start for USA’s @ACzarnik7. Best player under 5’7″ I’ve ever played with. @Andy_Miele and @c_camps11 (Carter Camper) battling it out for the #2 spot.” And, Chris Wideman added, “Watched the USA game tonight and can’t help but thinking @ACzarnik7 was the best forward on the ice.”

I was also impressed by the Americans puck movement and though they’ve just been together a short time, they looked reasonably smooth and fluid. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up against better competition such as Finland (though they were beaten 8-1 yesterday by Team Canada) and the Czech Republic (who face Denmark today). Overall, a good start for Team USA.

Notes

– Canadian “fans” were chanting “USA sucks” throughout the game. You stay classy Canada.

Former BU standout Charlie Coyle registered a hat trick for Team USA.

– Chris Peters had this to say about the game at the UnitedStatesofHockey.com

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Follow Austin and Team USA through the WJC on NHL Network

 

Merry Christmas to all!

Considering the pro basketball league started their season today, I spent the afternoon watching replays of the 2010 WJC when Team USA rolled Finland, Sweden and Canada in succession to capture gold on Canuck soil. Here’s hoping this year’s squad, coached by UNO head man Dean Blais (who also coached the ’10 team) can earn some hardware for the Red, White and Blue. If they medal, it will be the third consecutive year for the Americans which would be a first in our country’s history.

As you know, Miami will be represented on Team USA by freshman center Austin Czarnik. NHL Network will have each U.S. game. Here’s the broadcast schedule so you can follow Austin and Team USA throughout the tournament.

Go Austin! Go USA!

NHL Network (DIRECTV 215)

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship – NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule
Dec. 26 – Jan. 5
Date Game Time (EST)
Mon., Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland 3:30 p.m.
USA vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5:00 p.m.
Quarterfinal #2 9:00 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5:00 p.m.
Semifinal #2* 9:00 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game 8:00 p.m.

Czarnik Named to Team USA Roster

Earlier this morning, Miami’s Austin Czarnik was named to the final Team USA World Junior Championship roster. Team USA will compete in the IIHF U-20 Championship in Calgary, Alberta starting on December 26.

Czarnik’s 1-1-2 performance in Team USA’s 7-3 victory over Switzerland in exhibition play likely earned him a spot on the final roster.

The United States will face Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic and Canada in group play and hope to medal for what would be an unprecedented third consecutive year in program history.

Last season, the U.S. entered the tournament as the defending gold medalists but were unable to reclaim gold on U.S. soil. That honor went to the Russians who mounted an unbelievable third period comeback to defeat Canada 5-3. The Russians erased a 3-0 deficit after two periods to score 5 in the third to win gold. Blame Canada, indeed.

Good luck to Austin and Team USA!

Notes

The Edmonton Journal has more on Austin’s game.

Palmer Likely to Debut Tonight for Wild

Former Miami RedHawk Jarod Palmer is likely to make his NHL debut tonight when the Minnesota Wild host the New York Islanders in St. Paul.

Palmer, who was signed following the completion of the 2010 season as an undrafted free agent has spent parts of the last two seasons playing for the Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, where he has registered 13-25-38 and an impressive +20 in 91 career games.

This is tremendous news because obviously Palmer holds a special place in the hearts of RedHawk fans as he was so instrumental in leading Miami to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2009 and 2010.

In his Miami career, Palmer never missed a game recording 137 points (47-90=137) in 169 outings for the Red and White and was an integral part of Miami’s incredibly successful penalty killing unit that dominated opponents. I fondly remember he and Andy Miele working the first PK unit together and literally maintaining possession in the offensive zone, sometimes throughout the kill.

Congratulations Jarod!

Steven Spinell garners first Player of the Week award

Congratulations to Miami Junior Steven Spinell for earning the CCHA Gladiator Defenseman of the Week for his performances against Ohio State this past weekend. This is his first career weekly or monthly award from the CCHA, and the second time the ‘Hawks have taken home the Defensive POTW, as Chris Wideman won the same award November 21st.

As Redhawk95 mentioned on Friday night, Spinell was propelled by his +4 rating on Friday, and he also assisted on Bryon Paulazzo’s game winning goal in the 5-3 victory in Columbus.  He was on the ice for 4 of the 5 Miami goals including Matt Tomassoni’s shorthanded goal, and also blocked 3 shots on the night.  In Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the same OSU squad, Steven had 3 shots and blocked another 2 for a total of 5 on the weekend.  Spinell also spearheads Miami’s second Penalty Kill line, and for the weekend the ‘Hawks were 10 for 11 on the penalty kill.

On the season, Spinell has played in all 20 games (only 1 of 4 Hawks that can say that), he leads the team with 29 total blocked shots, and has 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 total points. Spinell is turning into another excellent blue-liner, and appears headed towards a captaincy in the 2012-13 season if things fall right for Head Coach Enrico Blasi next year.

Video Issues Tonight on Miami All-Access? You’re Not Alone

As confirmed by “The Voice of the RedHawks” Steve Baker in tonight’s Miami Hawk Talk game thread, the All Access Video feed was haunted by some ongoing issues in Oxford this evening. Around campus, the university has been dealing with “upload bandwith problems” and this was causing issues uploading tonight’s video feed for the Hockey game.  All throughout the game, the feed was choppy and had the impression of buffering.

According to The Voice of the RedHawks, he “believed the university may have some bandwith issues, as [he] had the same problem at Millett today” (for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games held this afternoon).  Upload speeds were cut in half for the day.

By the end of the game, the video feed was approximately 18 minutes behind. The feed showed Ohio State scoring their 2nd goal of the evening late in the third period just seconds before they were actually scoring the game winner in overtime.

We thank Steve Baker for all that he does for the university and Miami Athletics, and especially for diligently working through the entire officiating debacle game to try to get our video feeds up and working.

duhOSU Coach: “Learnin’ Got in the Way”

In a manner of speaking, Ohio State head coach Mark Osiecki said that because of finals week at the degree factory school, the Buckeyes’ preparation was affected ultimately leading to tonight’s 5-3 loss at the hands of the RedHawks.

This statement makes John Markell look like a finely tanned man. Err, wait…

Only Ohio State, folks.

SCSU’s Journey to the NCHC

Earlier this week, the St. Cloud Times published an incredibly interesting article about SCSU’s circuitous journey to become the 7th member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Through a significant public records request, the Times pieced together how St. Cloud’s president (Earl Potter III), head hockey coach (former Miami assistant Bob Motzko) and a consultant (former North Dakota head coach Gino Gasparini) worked the back channels, the media and the other NCHC athletic directors and coaches to earn a home in the new conference.

Kudos to St. Cloud State’s leadership in trying to take the high road and being ready to accept the invite that eventually came in September even though the charter members, including Miami, were announced in July.

Though I must be honest and profess that I would have preferred Notre Dame over St. Cloud, in the end, I think the inclusion of the Huskies will benefit the league. And, as Gasparini said in an email, SCSU “allows the fox into the hen house.” By that, Gasparini was referring to the opening of the recruiting flood gates for Miami (and Western Michigan) as they will now have more occasion to be in Minnesota, playing and selling the state’s best junior/high school players on Miami hockey. In short, the league will most certainly make recruiting the “State of Hockey” easier and more effective than ever for the RedHawks. And, the inclusion of St. Cloud State is one reason why it will happen.

Czarnik invited to Team USA World Junior Camp

 

Earlier this week, Miami freshman center Austin Czarnik was invited to attend the United States’ World Junior Team camp meaning he has an opportunity to earn a spot on Team USA’s U-20 team and play for his country.

The International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship is the most prestigious junior tournament in the world and includes the best hockey players under twenty years old on the planet. This year’s tournament will be held December 26, 2011 – January 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.

Last year, the United States hosted in Buffalo, N.Y. and did so as the defending champions. However, the red, white and blue were unable to defend their crown and instead settled for bronze by defeating Sweden in the bronze medal game. In doing so, the U.S. medaled for the second consecutive year for the first time in our nation’s hockey history.

Czarnik will be one of 29 players who attend camp hoping to earn a roster spot with the goal to run the U.S. streak to three consecutive years to earn hardware. The team will head to camp in Camrose, Alta. on December 17 and the final U.S. National Junior Team roster is expected to be released on December 22, 2011.

Congratulations, Austin!

Miami defeats Ohio State 5-3

I have to believe Peter Venkman was thinking of what would happen to the world should Ohio State ever put forth a competitive hockey club when he uttered the famous line, “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”

Thankfully, all was right with the world, for at least one night, as the up-and-down Miami RedHawks (9-8-3, 5-6-2-1 CCHA) hit an “up” as they defeated Ohio State (12-4-1, 9-3-1-1 CCHA) 5-3 at Cheap Furniture Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Miami received goals from freshmen Jimmy Mullin, Blake Coleman and Austin Czarnik and sophomore Bryon Paulazzo and senior Matt Tomassoni (shorthanded) also lit the lamp for the RedHawks.

On the night, Miami outshot Ohio State 38-30 as senior netminder Connor Knapp won his third game of the season against four defeats.

We’ll have more on tonight’s game as well as Saturday’s series finale in Oxford later this weekend.

Notes

– Miami broke Ohio State’s nine game winning streak and eleven game unbeaten streak

– The victory was the 600th in school history and head coach Enrico Blasi’s first against OSU’s second-year coach, Mark Osiecki. Ohio State swept Miami last year in Columbus.

– Miami won for the first time in the last four games in Columbus (1-2-1)

– With the victory, Miami is currently 17th in the Pairwise and 15th in KRACH having played the 7th most difficult schedule in the country.

– Miami is now 3-0-1 vs. Top 10 opponents. The talent is there, now it’s time for consistency.