Analysis: Still hope for Miami

Remember some of those losses at the end of the 2013-14 regular season?

A 5-2 loss at home against Western Michigan. A 3-0 defeat at Cady Arena at the hands of St. Cloud State. A 5-2 beat down at Denver.

And who could forget that 9-2 shellacking in Grand Forks during which Miami surrendered eight goals in the first two periods.

Granted that team beat Denver in its regular season finale, but it had little chance to advance to the NCHC championship game after a miserable 12-19-3 showing in its first campaign in the then-newly formed league.

But it swept SCSU in its own building and came within a goal of winning the conference tournament.

The point is: Despite the mercurial showing thus far in 2015-16, anything can happen in the postseason, and Miami has a dramatic history in recent years.

Here’s the problem with that rah-rah theory: The RedHawks have yet to beat the Bulldogs this season.

UMD is 3-0-1 vs. Miami, outscoring it 14-4.

And unlike two years ago when SCSU was a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs are a game over .500 and 13th in the PairWise, far from safe as an at-large team.

All that aside, Miami has a flare for the dramatic when it has it gets into nothing-to-lose mode.

When it made its championship game run, the RedHawks were playing miserable hockey entering the NCAAs and barely got into the field.

The point is: Despite the poor showing this weekend, there’s no reason to write off next weekend’s paramount series.

And there is hope that the RedHawks could still make it to Minneapolis and beyond.

Other thoughts…

– Andrew Schmit got beat 1-on-1 for the first UMD goal. Willie Corrin was able to skate around Schmit, put an initial shot on and grab his own rebound for the initial marker.

– Wow, what a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal by the Columbus line. Just amazing how quickly Jack Roslovic was able to re-direct the puck to Kiefer Sherwood, and how he was able to finish.

– Sophomore defenseman Louie Belpedio fired a pass up the ice that was intercepted at his own blue line, ultimately resulting in the go-ahead goal for UMD.

– Guess this comes down to being spoiled, but it’s tough to not have a playoff series on home ice, with that being practically a given the past decade. Would gladly trade the pre-paid season ticket refund, and some, to have Miami host another series.


About John Lachmann (@rednblackhawks)

I've been writing about hockey since the late 1990s. First it was the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and the Cincinnati Cyclones for the Cincinnati Post, and most recently with WCPO and the Blog of Brotherhood online.

Posted on March 7, 2016, in 2015-16, University of Minnesota-Duluth and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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