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Miami to host 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional in Cincinnati

It has been a relatively big day for the RedHawks on the eve of their away series at Ferris State. First, the big news: Cincinnati has been selected to be home to the Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and your Miami RedHawks will be the hosts. In addition to this spectacular news, two RedHawks were named as players of the month for October by the CCHA.

Miami will be the host of 3 games in the NCAA tournament in 2014 – the last time since 1996 that the Cincinnati Gardens have hosted a portion of the NCAA Hockey Tournament. According to MURedHawks.com, the arena “has also seen multiple NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament regionals and the 1997 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four take place under its roof.” Miami will, however, have to overcome the perception of what many believe was the worst Frozen Four ever to be held.

Some may recall that the 1996 Frozen Four that Miami hosted and eventually saw Michigan carry away the National Championship trophy. An average of over 11,000 fans attend the three games. Over that weekend, the arena crew may have lost a few employees as well – when putting in the goals after a break in the action (in the first of 3 games), a cooling line was hit and the ice was not staying frozen for the remainder of the games. The second semifinal was delayed a couple hours and the teams played in what could have been described as a swamp.

At the time, the Riverfront Coliseum as it was called, was not a hockey facility. Only occasionally did they host hockey games in the 15,300 seat arena. Nowadays, the arena is the home of the Cincinnati Cyclones (current team of 2009 Miami graduate Kevin Roeder), and has hosted the ECHL Playoff Championship known as the Kelley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2010.

The other host cities are as follows:

  • West: St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center (host of the 2011 Frozen Four)
  • East: Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
  • Northeast: Worcester, MA – DCU Center
  • The 2014 Frozen Four is going to be held at the Wells Fargo Center – home of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

As far as Miami is concerned, this is a big GIGANTIC win for a team that has accumulated too many frequent flyer miles in recent years. After trips to places like Bridgeport (lost to UMass-Lowell in 2012), Manchester, NH (loss to UNH as the #4 overall seed in 2011) and St. Paul (wins against Denver and Minnesota-Duluth in 2009), Miami will certainly enjoy the short trek to Cincinnati if they were to make the tournament. The shortest of the ‘Hawks 4 most recent NCAA tournament trips was to Ft. Wayne, IN, where Notre Dame hosted, and Miami earned it’s second ever and second consecutive trip to the Frozen Four which was held in Detroit. Miami currently has the 3rd longest streak in terms of NCAA Tournaments made at 7 (Michigan: 22, North Dakota: 10), and will be guaranteed a spot in the Cincinnati Regional if they were to make the 2014 tournament.

We will of course look forward to the 2013-14 season and tournament, but there’s a lot of work to do in 2012-13 first. We’ll preview this weekend’s big series at Ferris State in the coming hours.

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>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.

For more Cyclones coverage, make sure and check out CycWords.

>3 RedHawks to Attend Jackets Development Camp

>The Columbus Blue Jackets have released the roster for the team’s 2009 development camp and three players with Miami ties have been invited.

Trent Vogelhuber is the lone forward to make the roster, while Will Weber and Kevin Roeder will represent the RedHawk defense. You’ll recall that Vogelhuber (Rd. 7, 211 overall) and Weber (Rd. 2, 53 overall) were both selected by Columbus in the 2007 draft and have attended the rookie camp before. Roeder is a free agent invitee.

The camp will be held at Nationwide Arena’s Dispatch Ice Haus and will run from June 29-July 3. Admission is free, with the times of each days’ workout listed below:

June 29: 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
June 30: 10:30 a.m. to noon
July 1: 10:30 a.m. to noon
July 2: 10:30 a.m. to noon

View the rest of the Jackets D-Camp roster by clicking here.

>Awards Banquet Recap

>While I wasn’t able to attend the end of season banquet at the Shriver Center last night, I did receive several e-mails from people that did attend, so thanks for those. Here are a few notes from last night’s festivities, including which RedHawks took home which awards:

Blue Line Club Award: Gary Steffes

Rookie of the Year: Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard

Outstanding Offensive Player: Carter Camper

Outstanding Defensive Player: Kevin Roeder

Steve Cady Most Improved Player Award: Brandon Smith

Scholar Athlete Award: Michael Findorff, Bill Loupee, Alex Lacombe, Justin Mercier, Brian Kaufman, Kevin Roeder

Berry Family Outstanding Senior Award: Brian Kaufman

Jim Grant “7th Man” Award: MU Assistant Athletic Director Josh Fenton

Gary DeLonge Most Valuable Player Award: Carter Camper

– A banner raising ceremony looks to be in the works at the beginning of next season to honor the team’s accomplishments and participation in the Frozen Four.

– Former RedHawk defenseman Alec Martinez was said to be in attendance at last night’s banquet.

Thanks again to all who e-mailed with a recap!

>106

>…and another season of Miami hockey comes to a close. First and foremost, a big congratulations goes out to everyone involved with the hockey program. The coaches, equipment/training staff, media relations, off-ice officials, Cady Arena personnel, everyone…and especially…the players for being a part of something very, very special.

Going into this season, most expected and considered this a “rebuilding year.” With a great first half of the season, the team had a rough start to the second half and eventually missed a trip to post-season action at the Joe. They had the second best power-play and the best penalty kill in the CCHA. Considering the team had a young blueline, two freshman goaltenders, and a lot to replace offensively, making the NCAA tournament was a great reward for the squad and gave the younger players some great “big game” experience. The Frozen Four weekend was something very special to be a part of and although the end result was so heartbreaking, I for one am extremely proud of this team’s effort. They gave Boston a run for their money and it says a lot about where the program stands. Although the last minute of regulation will be fresh in the minds of many for quite some time, the underclassmen will build off of this experience and be even more hungry for a national title in the seasons to come.

It was hard, personally for me, to see our senior class go out the way they did. They should be proud to be a part of the winningest class in Miami hockey history, with 106 wins. This senior class was exceptional. They were the first class to be ranked number one in any sport, the first class to win an NCAA tournament game, the first to 30 wins in a season, the first to 100 total wins, the first to advance to the tournament all four years…and most importantly, the first class to ever reach the Frozen Four.

Without further adieu, here are the RedHawk seniors and their career stats:

2- Michael Findorff
Defenseman
41 Games Played
1 Goal
5 Assist
6 Points

10- Alex Lacombe
Center

64 Games Played
9 Goals
12 Assists
21 Points

15- Brian Kaufman
Forward
125 Games Played
30 Goals
54 Assists
84 Points

16- Justin Mercier
Forward

157 Games Played
52 Goals
52 Assists
104 Points

18- Ray Eichenlaub
Defenseman
145 Games Played
9 Goals
36 Assists
45 Points

24- Kevin Roeder
Defenseman

152 Games Played
5 Goals
31 Assists
36 Points

28- Bill Loupee
Forward

105 Games Played
8 Goals
14 Assists
22 Points

Thank you, seniors. Your contributions have helped pave the way to make Miami hockey one of the nation’s top programs. Some careers will continue in hockey, others, will not. Regardless, we wish you the best of luck in life. Miami will not forget your hard work and devotion to The Brotherhood.

**In a final tournament note, Kevin Roeder and Tommy Wingels were named to the All-Tournament Team.**

>Late Night…er…Early Morning Update

>The 3 finalists for the CCHA individual awards have been announced and two RedHawks, Carter Camper and Kevin Roeder have been nominated. Camper was nominated for the CCHA Player of the Year Award, along with UAF goaltender Chad Johnson and Notre Dame goaltender Jordan Pearce. Some tough company there. Camper was also nominated for the Defensive Forward of the Year, joined by U of M’s Tim Miller, and Notre Dame’s Erik Condra.

Roeder was nominated for the Best Defensive Defernseman honor. Also in that group is U of M junior Chris Summers and Notre Dame junor Kyle Lawson.

The winners will be annoucned on Thursday, March 19th during the CCHA Awards Banquet at the Fox Theater in Detroit.

– Paula C. Weston is back with her predictions and insight into this weekend’s quarterfinal matchups. She predicts a RedHawk win…on Sunday:

Last weekend, the Wildcats decimated the Michigan State Spartans to advance to the second round of the CCHA playoffs, beating MSU by a collective score of 13-5. The series gave several players a chance to shine, especially senior Nick Sirota and sophomores Mark Olver and Gregor Hanson, each of whom netted two goals in the weekend. They face a team that is 21-31 all-time in CCHA playoff action and 4-2 in the past three seasons in the first round in which they’ve played. The Wildcats took three points from Miami in Steve Cady Arena just three weeks ago, beating the RedHawks 2-1 Feb. 20 before tying 1-1 the next night (when Miami earned the shootout “win” point). In those two games, NMU’s Brian Stewart made 89 saves, allowed two goals, and earned a .978 save percentage for the weekend. Miami is 6-4-1 against Northern dating back to 2005-06, including a 5-2 CCHA semifinal win March 17, 2006. NMU 3-2, Miami 4-2, Miami 4-2

This weekend’s games will be televised on ONN, with Dave Allen and Kevin Ackley handling the broadcast duties. This is your last and final chance to see your Miami seniors take the ice at Cady Arena.

Go RedHawks!

>Smith Named Scholar-Athlete & More

>On the heels of two Miamians being named to the CCHA All-Rookie team, another honor comes along today, as junior forward Brandon Smith was selected as Miami’s scholar athlete. Smith, who carries a grade-point average over 3.70, is now one of twelve finalists for the league award (one player is selected from each CCHA team.) The winner will be announced on March 19, as a part of the 2009 CCHA awards banquet. Congratulations to Brandon. It has certainly been a season of career firsts for the hard working Pepper Pike, Ohio native.

Also, for those out there into online chatting…seinor captain Brian Kaufman and alternate captain Kevin Roeder will take part in an online chat tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 11:00am. You can link to the chat form by clicking here.

>What a First Half!

>Wow…what a conclusion to the first half to the season, with a 7-1 win over RPI today. I think the question of “is this a rebuilding year or a reloading year” has most certainly been answered, given our play thus far. I for one would have never thought we’d be one point out of first place in the CCHA, with a 12-3-3 record and four consecutive weekend sweeps going into the New Year. What a nice surprise that is!

So now, without further ado, here are my first half awards, complete with cheesy names:

Gary DeLonge Most Valuable Player Award: Carter Camper, SO, 11 goals, 15 assists

Top Newcomer Award: Chris Wideman, D, 0 goals, 15 assists, +8 rating

Bobby Marshall Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Roeder, 1 goal, 1 assist, + 6 rating

SDS Pizza Most Improved Player: Gary Steffes, JR, 6 goals, 5 assists, + 13 rating

Rich Shulmistra Goaltender of the Year Award: Connor Knapp, FR, 7-1-1, 1.77 GAA

So, there you have it. Our ‘Hawks are off until 2009, where they’ll meet the Clarkson Golden Knights, along with Army or Ohio State at the Ohio Hockey Classic, in Columbus. In the new year, the RedHawks get right back into it with a weekend series at Michigan, followed by a Michigan State homestand and then a trip out west to Omaha to take on the Mavericks. Another thing to keep in mind: The end of season home and home with Ohio State may indeed have meaning this year, as the Buckeyes, led by the stellar play of Dustin Carlson, are lurking in 6th place in the CCHA with a record of 11-6-1. I certainly didn’t see John Markell getting 11 wins out of that team the entire season. It’s sure to be a great matchup, come late February.

The CCHA standings have also been updated on the top left corner of this page. As you’re aware, there are some major surprises this season in the league. Here are my top three:

1. Michigan State (4-11-3)
– The Spartans were picked to be near the top of the CCHA, led by veteran goaltender and team captain, Jeff Lerg. This young MSU squad is 0-9-1 in their last 10 games. Next up for the Spartans, the Great Lakes Invitational on December 26.

2. Northern Michigan (3-10-3)
– The Wildcats have also been struggling as of late, going just 1-7-2 in their last 10 (not counting an exhibition win over the USNDTP this weekend). Projected fourth in the preseason coaches’ poll, Walt Kyle’s ‘Cats have quickly fallen out of CCHA title contention and will most assuredly go on the road for the first round of the playoffs.

3. Ohio State (11-6-1)
– One of the hottest teams in the country now…imagine that, the Buckeyes! OSU has strung together a 9-1 record in their last 10 with a solid weekend sweep in November over a very good Nebraska-Omaha squad. In the new year, conference play for the ‘Bucks has tight matchups at Bowling Green, at Ferris State, home with Western Michigan, and a long trip to Alaska. OSU is certainly a team to watch and very well could make it’s way into a top 4 finish.

Who would you hand out awards to, based on first-half play?