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Assistants, players out after 12-win season

Miami assistant Nick Petraglia (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Typically news for a college hockey team wanes after its season ends.

Miami’s postseason was halted in the first weekend, concluding with a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 of an NCHC Tournament opening-round series at St. Cloud State.

But just a week later, the RedHawks announced both of its assistant coaches – Nick Petraglia and Brent Brekke – will not return to the bench in 2018-19, and several of its players also won’t be back this fall.

Brekke has been a coach at Miami the past 10 seasons, and Petraglia has been an assistant for eight campaigns.

Director of hockey operations Tommy Hill is expected to take over the position of Petraglia, who will remain with Miami’s athletic program in a different role. The other position has already been listed online and applications are being accepted.

Four players from Miami’s 2017-18 roster have also reportedly been cut after the team finished 12-20-5.

A wild card in the coaching shake-up is Dean Stork, who took a volunteer assistant position for the RedHawks this past season. He has been wildly successful coaching in the ECHL, helping lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to multiple Kelly Cup championships.

For the third straight year, the RedHawks have failed to reach the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, the NCAA Tourament or even the .500 mark.

Miami finished last in the conference this season and dropped its first-round conference series, two games to one.

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Miami Sweeps, Moves Closer to Regular Season Crown

Light the Lantern! Miami sweeps Lake State

On the strength of 44 saves from freshman phenom Ryan McKay and goals from classmates Riley Barber and Matthew Caito, the #3 Miami RedHawks defeated Lake Superior State 2-1 Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

In doing so, the RedHawks are now just one point away from clinching a share of the final CCHA regular season title and two points from an outright championship to close the league. Frankly, going into this season with so many new faces and young players, I would not have predicted a regular season title. But this team, coached so well by head man Enrico Blasi and his associates Brent Brekke and Nick Petraglia have molded the 2012-13 RedHawks (21-8-5, 16-6-4-4 1st CCHA) into an intense, system-based and fast squad that is a nightmare to play against. The RedHawks lead the nation in team defense and are sixth in penalty killing despite an offense that has just one point-per-game player (Barber) and no skaters ranked higher than 14th (Barber) in the national scoring race.

Last night, the ‘Hawks were carried by their talented freshmen as they served up a hard-fought victory. Though frankly, you never really felt as if Lake would be able to get past the one-goal barrier with McKay back between the pipes and the Miami defense stinging a bit after allowing four Laker goals the night before. Read the rest of this entry