Preview: Colorado College at Miami
WHO: Colorado College Tigers (6-23-1) at Miami University RedHawks (13-14-3).
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Friday–7:35 p.m.; Saturday–7:05 p.m.
TV: Saturday – Fox Sports Alternate (DirecTV Ch. 608).
COLORADO COLLEGE RADIO: Both nights–KRDO-AM (1240) and KRDO-FM (105.5), Colorado Springs, Colo.
MIAMI RADIO: Both nights–WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.
NOTES: The earlier series between these teams was a dumpster fire for Miami, which lost in the third period both nights and caused some internal turmoil.
Colorado College started the season 0-13 before beating Air Force and then topping the RedHawks twice, but the Tigers have dropped their last five by an average of 2.8 goals.
CC has had trouble scoring goals and preventing them, which explains its 6-23-1 record.
The Tigers have scored just 64 goals, or 2.06 per game, with just 44 of them coming at even strength.
Only one Colorado College player has eclipsed the 20-point mark, and that’s Hunter Fejes, who has 13 goals and nine assists.
Fejes tormented Miami in Colorado Springs, netting both goals in the come-from-behind 2-1 win in the opener and tallying the game winner with 1:13 left in the finale.
Luc Gerdes is second on the team in scoring (7-11-18), and Trey Bradley is second on the team in goals (9) and third in points (16).
Jacob Nehama has been the primary goalie for CC in recent weeks, playing in six straight games and 15 of the team’s last 17. He is 6-15-0 with a 3.58 goals-against average and a decent .902 save percentage, indicating he has faced a ton of shots.
Colorado College has indeed had a major shooting deficit, averaging 26.6 shots on goal while allowing 35.1 per game.
The Tigers are last in the NCHC but could still move up a spot, as they are four points behind seventh-place Western Michigan.
But Colorado College is just 2-12-1 on the road this season.
Miami is tied with Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth for fourth with 25 points as those three teams vie for the final top-four spot that ensures home-ice advantage for the best-of-3 series to open the NCHC Tournament.
UNO is at St. Cloud State, and UMD hosts North Dakota, so the RedHawks obviously have a great chance to move into solo control of that fourth spot this weekend.
These are the final home games of the regular season for Miami and the last games of 2015-16 at Cady Arena unless it can secure that fourth seed.
Senior forward Sean Kuraly is plus-10 in his last 14 games, notching four goals and 10 assists in that span.
Junior forward Anthony Louis has scored three goals in his last three games, and freshman forward Kiefer Sherwood has four markers in six contests.