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Preview: Colgate at Miami

WHO: Colgate Raiders (2-1) at Miami RedHawks (4-2).

WHEN: Friday – 7:35 p.m.; Saturday – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 4-2.

COLGATE RADIO: Both nights – WKXZ-FM (93.9), Hamilton, N.Y.

NOTES: After this weekend, Miami will have faced off against two of the most tenured coaches in Division I.

Don Vaughn is in his 26th season at Colgate’s helm, and last season he became the 24th coach in NCAA hockey history to win 400 games.

Rick Gotkin is in season 31 behind the bench for Mercyhurst.

Colgate’s apex in recent history was the middle part of this decade, when the Raiders ran off 20-plus wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

But each of past three seasons, Colgate has failed to finish above .500 or advance past the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Tournament.

The Raiders won their first two games of 2018-19 – home victories over New Hampshire – by identical 2-1 scores.

Colgate struggled in its lone road contest vs. RIT last weekend, falling 6-1.

Forwards Bobby McMann, Tyler Jeanson and Adam Dauda all have a goal and an assist to tie for the team lead at two points. McMann and Dauda were 1-2 in scoring for the Raiders last season with 30 and 19 points, respectively.

Jared Cockrell and Tyler Penner have both found the net for Colgate among the forward corps.

The Raiders are hoping for more output from this group, as the team has scored just five times or 1.67 goals per contest, and the defensemen have contributed just three points, all on assists.

Defenseman Jacob Panetta has a pair of assists and Trevor Cosgrove has picked up one helper. Cosgrove finished with five goals and 12 assists in 2017-18.

Nick Austin led Colgate in defenseman points with 18 last season but he has not played in any of the first three games.

Goalie Mitch Benson has started all three games for the Raiders, but he was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots last week vs. RIT.

Despite being pulled after two periods in that outing, he is 2-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

All three Colgate netminders are freshmen.

Andrew Farrier stopped turned aside six shots and allowed one goal in relief of Benson last weekend in his collegiate debut. Will Friend is the third goalie for the Raiders.

The RedHawks have struggled offensively as well, as they have scored just five times in their last four games.

Miami is ranked No. 46 on the power play at 9.7 percent but sixth on the penalty kill (90.5 percent).

These teams last met at Cady Arena in 2012, a series in which the RedHawks outscored Colgate, 8-1 in a weekend sweep.

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Preview: UMass-Lowell at Miami

WHO: UMass-Lowell Riverhawks (1-1) at Miami RedHawks (3-1).

WHEN: Friday – 7:35 p.m.; Saturday – 7:05 p.m.

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMass-Lowell leads, 1-0-1.

UMASS-LOWELL RADIO: Both nights – WCAP-AM (980), Lowell, Mass.

NOTES: Funny that this will be the first-ever meeting between these teams on one of their campuses.

They’ve met twice: Once in the Frontier Classic in Anchorage in the fall of 2003, a game that ended tied, 4-4, and again in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

The latter was a skate-to-the-throat 4-3 overtime loss that saw the RedHawks rally from three down to tie it only to surrender a goal in the extra session.

So in two all-time meetings, both games have gone past 60 minutes.

Miami might welcome a close contest, as each of its four games this season have been decided by three or four goals.

The RedHawks are coming off a third-place finish in the four-team Ice Breaker in Erie, Pa., that saw them drop a 4-0 decision to No. 5 Providence but handle host Mercyhurst, 3-0 in the consolation game.

The week before Miami swept an unimpressive Alabama-Huntsville team, outscoring the Chargers, 9-1.

The Riverhawks split their season-opening series vs. RIT, with both of those games decided by a goal. They won the opener, 2-1 but lost 4-3 in the finale.

Senior forwards Ryan Dmowski and Connor Wilson both went 1-2-3 the opening weekend and lead the team in points. Dmowski went 11-11-22 in 2017-18, leading the team in goals.

Kenny Hausinger scored twice vs. RIT. He scored 10 goals and set up 10 more last season.

Tampa Bay selection Ryan Lohin is the returning team leader in assists (16) and points (25), and freshmen Sam Knoblauch and Reid Stefanson have both scored in the team’s first two games.

Mass.-Lowell had three defensemen total at least 17 points last season but all were seniors. Croix Evingson and freshman Seth Barton have dished for two assists each, and Mattias Goransson has one helper.

Evingson was drafted by Winnipeg and Barton was taken by Detroit.

In net, Christoffer Hernberg was a stud last year with a 2.07 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Ty Wall struggled in 12 games as his backup.

But last weekend Wall – a New York Rangers draftee – was 25-for-26 in a win while Hernberg suffered the loss, allowing five goals on 30 shots.

Preview: Alabama-Huntsville

WHO: Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (12-23-2) at Miami RedHawks (12-20-5).

WHEN: Saturday – 7 p.m.; Sunday – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 8-1.

NOTES: Miami typically hosts a CIS (Canadian collegiate) team in an exhibition to open competitive play, but the RedHawks have no such luxury this season, heading straight into regular season action without a tune-up opportunity.

The last time these teams faced was in February 2012, when Miami swept UAH at Cady Arena. In 2010 these teams met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and the RedHawks prevailed, 2-1.

Alabama-Huntsville lost its only two 20-point producers from last season, and Christian Rajic is the Chargers’ leading veteran forward with 15 points, nine of which came on goals.

A pair of small forwards – Hans Gorowsky and Madison Dunn – netted five goals each and finished with double-digit points totals.

Kurt Gosselin leads the blueline after scoring five times – three of which came on the power play – and notching 11 assists. John Teets and Cam Knight also return for their senior seasons after combining for 20 points in 2017-18.

These teams have not met in six years and Miami is 2-0 vs. UAH at Cady Arena.