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2016-17 season schedule primer

Miami opens its 39th varsity season on Oct. 8 at Providence, and for the first time since Enrico Blasi’s first campaign in 1999-2000, the RedHawks will play a pair of road games to open the season.

NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Miami will play Providence, Ohio State, Maine, Bowling Green, Cornell. The Friars went 1-0-1 at Cady Arena to open last season, and Miami swept the Buckeyes and Falcons in a home-and-home series. MU did not play Cornell or Maine in 2015-16.

LONG HOMESTAND: Miami plays five straight home games Oct. 15-29. The RedHawks host OSU in the first game and weekend series vs. Maine and BGSU.

EXTENDED LAYOFF: Miami has typically taken several weeks off around the holidays, but this season it on has two consecutive weekends off, followed by a road game at OSU on New Year’s Eve.

FOUR STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD TWICE: Miami plays four consecutive road series twice, including Jan. 13-21 when the RedHawks play back-to-back road weekends at North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha. The first time Miami has a weekend off between series, facing Denver on Nov. 18-19 and Cornell on Dec. 2-3.

BRUTAL FINAL EIGHT: Miami faces the top four teams in the conference from 2015-16 to wrap up its regular season schedule, capped off by a home series against defending national champion North Dakota. Following a weekend off, the RedHawks travel to St. Cloud State on Feb. 10-11, host Denver, face Minn.-Duluth on the road before taking on UND at Cady Arena.

TOURNAMENT SITES: The NCHC Frozen Faceoff will be at the Target Center in Minneapolis for the fourth straight season. Cincinnati hosts the NCAA regionals for the third time in four years, but Miami hasn’t made the tournament the first two times it was held at U.S. Bank Area. It’s the 70th Frozen Four but the first to be played in Illinois.

A link to Miami’s 2016-17 schedule can be found here.

RedHawks 2013-14 Wish List: We Want It All

For 2013-14, I can’t help but be hopeful for big things. A new conference that will provide new rivalries, new teams coming to Oxford and new barns to visit. Today, we give you our 3 wishes for the new season that has us thinking big. Be sure to comment below with your wish list items or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter by using the links above.

Open in Style

(Flickr/Billy V)

A strong start against OSU and North Dakota will be crucial. (Flickr/Billy V)

There isn’t much more that I like seeing out of the RedHawks than crushing Ohio State. It will be very important for this young team to gel in the Exhibition game against Windsor on October 5th. Miami will – as usual – have all it can handle with OSU on October 11 in Columbus and October 12 in Oxford.

It will be nice to have the home and home series back with Ohio State even though they have joined the Big Ten Hockey Conference. But a series is just a series when you’re not in the same conference any more. With that said, don’t expect a walk in the park on opening weekend.

Following the Ohio State series is what may be the biggest series of the season in week 2, as Miami welcomes North Dakota to Oxford for just the third time ever. The first game of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference will be on national television on CBS Sports Network, and Miami will look for its first ever win against North Dakota during the series in Steve Cady Arena. Miami has lost 3-0 and 3-2 to North Dakota in Oxford and tied them 5-5 in Grand Forks just a few years ago. It will be important to gain at least a split in the series that should match up 2 top 10 teams in the first month of the season.

Avoid the Rico Swoon

Blasi

Enrico Blasi comes into the season with a record of 311-196-53, good for 71st all time in NCAA wins.

We all know it seems to happen around the middle of the year. Perhaps this is why Miami scheduled a game against the US National Team Development Program on New Year’s Eve instead of a tournament trip to play games that count. The game will be in Oxford, so there won’t be any extended travel, and the game will be a nice bridge to keep the team fresh between NCHC games against Denver on December 6 and 7 and the second half opener against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on January 10 and 11.

For year’s we’ve been complaining about the Swoon, and with good reason. In 2011-12, the Swoon came pretty early with an overtime loss to Colgate, 2 losses at Ferris State and another 2 losses to Lake Superior State in Oxford – all of which came in October. At the end of the year, Miami would go on to win 9 out of their last 10, before losing to UMass-Lowell in the NCAA East Regional.

In 2012-13, the Swoon hit in December and continued into early January. Losses to LSSU and Ohio State, a 1 goal performance in the Three Rivers Classic (1-0 win against OSU and 1-0 loss to Robert Morris) finished 2012 and then Miami opened 2013 with a loss and shootout win in Northern Michigan, and another 1-0 loss at Wisconsin. The story repeats itself once again as the Hawks got hot down the stretch and ended up winning the final CCHA Regular Season Championship.

We could go back and back and back and just about every year find a stretch such as the above. It always turns out okay for the Hawks, as Enrico Blasi has led the Hawks to 8 straight seasons with at least 23 wins, all of which also led to NCAA Tournament appearances.

National Title or Bust

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Can the RedHawks hoist this bad boy in April? (Jonathan Biles/www.bloguin.com)

This was a foregone conclusion with this wish list, right? While many think that a regular season championship and tournament championship are possibilities in the first year of the NCHC, those championships are small potatoes compared to what this team has the potential to do. I’m certainly not going to be upset if we win one or the other, but these RedHawks have a real shot at greatness.

With a quick glance down the roster, you’ll find just 2 seniors and 8 juniors including a candidate for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in Austin Czarnik. The 11 Sophomores are part of what may become the best recruiting class that Miami has ever had, and the Freshmen are arguably the second best class ever, at least on paper.

The defense may have a little work to do after losing seniors Joe Hartman and Steven Spinell – guys who played a combined 307 games as RedHawks. However, replacing them are 3 great recruits: 2 brothers of current/former players (Matt Joyaux, brother of sophomore Chris, and Johnny Wingels, brother of former Miamian and current San Jose Shark Tommy) and one of the more highly regarded defensive recruits in the country in Trevor Hamilton. The defense was the second best in the country last year only allowing 1.74 goals a game over 42 games, so the new guys will certainly have big skates to fill.

But… Losing those 2 star defensemen isn’t all bad when you look who is in net for Miami. Behind the blue liners are not just one, but 2 goalies in the top 10 in the NCAA. Ryan McKay was statistically the 2nd best goalie in the country with a ridiculous 1.39 goals against average and a .946 save percentage – both numbers just whispers away from the number 1 spot.

This team is going to be good. How good? Well, I can’t predict the future. But with a new conference and a bunch of unknown foes, who says the RedHawks can’t take advantage of the unfamiliarity, run off a bunch of wins, gain the confidence they need to roll off 4 all-important season-ending wins and take home the NCAA Championship? There’s only one thing that Miami hasn’t done, and that’s win the last game of the season and hoist THAT trophy. This year, more than ever, the RedHawks have all the pieces to take the Frozen Four by storm and win it all. We start the wild ride on October 11th. See you there!

The Schedule Is Out!

On Friday afternoon, the Miami Athletic Department released the 2011-2012 hockey schedule, which can be seen by clicking the “Schedule” tab at the top of this page. The CCHA opponents are, of course standard…directional Michigan schools, Buckeyes, and Polar Bears. But what about the other odds & ends? Here is my breakdown of the upcoming slate of games:

– I like that the schedule once again features the two “home and home” weekends with Ohio State. If you’ll recall, last season the Buckeyes didn’t make the trip to Oxford…the teams only met twice with both games being played at Value City Arena. I think this (Ohio State series) is a great thing for Miami Hockey. Based on the name recognition alone, I feel this is a better opportunity to draw more casual fans to Cady Arena. OSU travels well and the competition is always high stakes.

– Some may complain that the non-conference schedule isn’t strong enough (as I myself have been known to do), but I really like the fact that Bemidji is coming to Oxford this season. I think it’s a great test for the RedHawks in their building, just as St. Cloud and UNH have been in the past few seasons. Remember, the Beavers are a part of the WCHA now and play teams like Denver, North Dakota, and UMD every weekend. This isn’t the College Hockey America version of Bemidji, keep in mind. Last season they finished 15-18-5 and were a part of the “Final Five” tournament. Again, they aren’t North Dakota, but still good competition, in my opinion.

– Miami closes the season with 9 of the final 16 games on home ice. For a program that has been known to “Swoon” after the holiday break, this could be a good chance to atone those losses (if it happens, that is) and pick up some momentum heading into the post-season.

– Speaking of the holidays, the RedHawks will head West for the Denver Cup during Thanksgiving weekend. The ‘Hawks will take on Denver on the second day and either Princeton or Providence on Friday night. The University says that they’re not sure if they’ll play Princeton or Providence, but reliable sources close to the DU program have said that Miami will take on Providence in the first game. Stay tuned…

– The Brotherhood will have both a road and home series this season with Lake Superior State, Michigan, Northern Michigan, and of course, the split home and home weekends with Ohio State. Not a bad cluster group, if I say so myself.

– Since the team has to make the 3,721 mile trek to Fairbanks this season, the two extra home games appear to be with the homeless (read confrenceless) Alabama-Huntsville Chargersm set to take place in February. I like the non-conference opponent late in the season, as opposed to strictly CCHA games during the second half. The last time the two school’s met, the RedHawks beat UAH in the 2009-2010 NCAA Tournament.

Do you have any thoughts on the newly released schedule? If so, leave them in the comments section of this post!

Go RedHawks!

>2009-2010 Schedule Unofficially Released

>October
October 3 UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR (Exhibition)
October 9 ST. CLOUD STATE
October 10 ST. CLOUD STATE
October 16 @ New Hampshire
October 17 @ New Hampshire
October 23 MICHIGAN STATE
October 24 MICHIGAN STATE
October 30 @ Northern Michigan
October 31 @ Northern Michigan

November
November 6 @ Michigan
November 7 @ Michigan
November 13 FERRIS STATE
November 14 FERRIS STATE
November 20 @ Western Michigan
November 21 @ Western Michigan
November 27 vs. Bemidji State (Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND)
November 28 vs. North Dakota (Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND)

December
December 4 NOTRE DAME
December 5 NOTRE DAME
December 11 @ Ohio State
December 12 OHIO STATE

January
January 8 @ Robert Morris (Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA)
January 10 ROBERT MORRIS
January 15 @ Ferris State
January 16 @ Ferris State
January 22 @ Alaska
January 23 @ Alaska
January 29 WESTERN MICHIGAN
January 30 WESTERN MICHIGAN

February
February 5 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
February 6 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
February 12 @ Bowling Green
February 13 @ Bowling Green
February 19 NEBRASKA-OMAHA
February 20 NEBRASKA-OMAHA
February 26 OHIO STATE
February 27 @ Ohio State

>Schedule News (Updated)

>Earlier this morning, the University of New Hampshire announced their 2009-2010 schedule. Some may know by now that Miami and UNH were slated to face each other beginning next season, but now we know when and where.

The RedHawks will travel to Durham, New Hampshire on October 16 and 17 to face the Wildcats at the Whittemore Center.

UPDATE, 12:03AM: The RedHawks will host the St. Cloud State Huskies in Oxford, Ohio on October 9 and 10. That should be the first regular season weekend, after an exhibition game, one could assume.

Also on the schedule is a home and home with Robert Morris, with the road game reportedly being played at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena.

>Coach Blasi Speaks to Red & White Club

>MURedhawks.com has a nice video of Coach Blasi speaking to the Red & White Club about all things Miami Hockey. It’s very interesting and you can check it out at this link.

A few things from the video:

– We already know that Miami will play teams like New Hampshire, St. Cloud State, and North Dakota in the coming years as Rico addressed this in my interview with him in August. There are a few more specific details about next years schedule though. In 2009-2010 Miami will enter into a two year agreement with UNH, SCSU, and UND. Next season, Miami will go to New Hampshire and per the agreement, New Hampshire will come to Oxford in 2010-2011. St. Cloud State will come to Oxford next season, with the RedHawks making the trip to St. Cloud in 2010-2011. North Dakota will work the same way as New Hampshire…Miami will go to Grand Forks in 2009-2010, and the Fighting Sioux will come here in 2010-2011.

– All Miami home games, with the exception of the exhibition tomorrow night against Ryerson, that aren’t televisied nationally will be broadcast on ONN. This includes games that Miami would play at home as a part of the CCHA playoffs in March. Blasi also mentioned that some of the games on ONN MAY be picked up by NHL Network.

2008-2009 Schedule Released

It’s been a week or two since the schedule was released, but since the blog was just “launched” today, here it is. All home games are in red, and begin at 7:35 on Friday nights, and 7:05 on Saturday nights, unless otherwise noted. The RedHawks are “clustered” with Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State this season.

October:
10/4/2008: Ryerson University (Exhibition)

10/10/2008: @ Ohio State

10/11/2008: Ohio State

10/17/2008: @ Vermont

10/18/2008: @ Vermont

10/24/2008: @ Notre Dame

10/25/2008: @ Notre Dame

10/31/2008: Alaska

November:
11/1/2008: Alaska

11/7/2008: Ferris State

11/8/2008: Ferris State

11/14/2008: @ Michigan State

11/15/2008: @ Michigan State

11/21/2008: Michigan

11/22/2008: Michigan

December:
12/5/2008: @ Western Michigan

12/6/2008: @ Western Michigan

12/13/2008: Rensselaer

12/14/2008: Rensselaer (5:05pm)

January:
1/2/2009: @ Ohio Hockey Classic (Ohio State, Army, and Clarkson)

1/3/2009: @ Ohio Hockey Classic (Ohio State, Army, and Clarkson)

1/9/2009: @ Michigan

1/10/2009: @ Michigan

1/16/2009: Michigan State

1/17/2009: Michigan State

1/23/2009: @ Nebraska-Omaha

1/24/2009: @ Nebraska-Omaha

1/30/2009: Bowling Green

1/31/2009: Bowling Green

February:
2/13/2009: @ Lake Superior State

2/14/2009: @ Lake Superior State

2/20/2009: Northern Michigan

2/21/2009: Northern Michigan (5:05pm)

2/27/2009: Ohio State

2/28/2009: @ Ohio State

March:
3/6/2009: CCHA First Round

3/7/2009: CCHA First Round

3/9/2009: CCHA First Round (If Necessary)

3/13/2009: CCHA Quarterfinal Round

3/14/2009: CCHA Quarterfinal Round

3/15/2009: CCHA Quarterfinal Round (If Necessary)

3/20/2009: CCHA Semi-Final Round

3/21/2009: CCHA Third Place and Championship Games

3/27/2009: NCAA East and West Regionals

3/28/2009: NCAA East and West Regionals

3/28/2009: NCAA Midwest and Northeast Regionals

3/29/2009: NCAA Midwest and Northeast Regionals

April:
4/9/2009: NCAA Frozen Four Semi-Finals

4/11/2009: 62nd Annual NCAA Frozen Four Final (Washington, D.C.)