Miami opens 2016 with pair vs. RPI
WHO: RPI Engineers (10-6-3) at Miami RedHawks (5-9-2).
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Saturday–7:05 p.m. Sunday–5:05 p.m.
RPI RADIO: WRPI (FM) 93.1, Troy, N.Y.
MIAMI RADIO: WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.; WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.
NOTES: After a 27-day layoff, Miami opens the second half of its season today as it hopes to snap a 56-day winless streak.
The RedHawks are burdened with a six-game winless streak entering 2016, and they will host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in an unusual Saturday-Sunday weekend series at Cady Arena.
RPI is also coming off an extended layoff of three weeks after sweeping Arizona State to improve to 10-6-3.
Like Miami, the Engineers have had one primary scorer and a secondary sniper, and the rest of the team has struggled to find the net. Riley Bourbonnais has 10 goals and seven assists for a team-best 17 points.
Jake Wood is second in goals (6) and points (11), and Mark Miller and Milos Bubela have netted four goals each.
After taking over in net, senior and Buffalo Sabres draftee Jason Kasdorf is 4-4-1, 2.04 with a .939 save percentage, and barring a blow up should be between the pipes both nights this weekend.
Miami won both games in 2014-15 in a series played at RPI.
The RedHawks are in seventh place in the NCHC, and while these games won’t help Miami get back into its league race, they can do wonders for the team’s PairWise status.
After a pair of losses at then second-last ranked Colorado College, the RedHawks’ ranking plummeted and is currently 27th.
Wins in these games certainly won’t correct Miami’s dismal start in NCHC play but they can certainly boost the RedHawks’ status both internally and in the PairWise.
The RedHawks will be without sophomore defenseman Louie Belpedio, who is playing in the World Juniors in Finland. That leaves Miami with just seven defensemen on its roster, including F/D Michael Mooney.