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ProHawks: Schilling earns first NHL point

It took Cameron Schilling until after his 30th birthday, but the Winnipeg defenseman finally earned his first NHL point.

Cameron Schilling (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

First called up in 2012-13 with Washington, Schilling was playing in his 10th NHL game and his fourth with the Jets.

Schilling picked up the secondary assist on a Nikolaj Ehlers goal early in the second period that put Winnipeg ahead for good, 3-2 on Tuesday.

Schilling became the 28th player in Miami history to record a point in the NHL.

BoB takes a look at other Miamians making news in pro hockey:

Chris Wideman (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

NHL: Chris Wideman was traded from Ottawa to Edmonton on Nov. 22.

In two games since being moved, Wideman has one assist for his sixth point of the season. This was his fourth season with the Senators.

— Thanks to a seven-game stretch
from Nov. 18-29 that saw Reilly Smith rack up nine assists, the Vegas forward now leads the team in helpers with 13.

Smith has already eclipsed the career 100-goal, 150-assist and 250-point marks this season and is just 39 games of 500.

— Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez has scored in back-to-back games, including a game winner vs. Carolina on Dec. 2.

Austin Czarnik (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Martinez has 10 points on the season, and his marker vs. Arizona on Dec. 4 was the 60th of his NHL career.

— Calgary’s Austin Czarnik accomplished somewhat of a rare feat by scoring the ninth and final goal in the Flames’ 9-6 win at Columbus on Tuesday.

Blake Coleman (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

— New Jersey’s Blake Coleman is tied for fourth in the NHL with two shorthanded goals.

Coleman’s second SHG came on Nov. 26 at Florida.

Coleman has eight goals overall, tied for second on the Devils behind Kyle Palmeiri.

AHL: Carter Camper picked up his 350th AHL point on Dec. 1 when the Grand Rapids forward registered a goal and an assist vs. San Antonio.

In 465 games in the league, Camper has scored 92 times and earned 258 helpers since 2010-11.

Riley Barber recorded a season-high three points in a win over Binghamton on Dec. 2.

Carter Camper (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Barber is 8-10-18 through 20 games as he is on pace for the highest points-per-game rate of his career.

Anthony Louis leads Rockford with eight goals, including tallies in consecutive games vs. San Antonio and Chicago on Nov. 20 and 23.

ECHL: This is Alex Wideman’s fourth pro season, and he is on his best ECHL scoring pace.

The Cincinnati forward has 18 points in 18 games – 1.00 per – and his previous best being 0.91 with Indiana last season.

Wideman has already picked up his 100th career assist and 150th point this season.

Wideman teammate and fellow forward Justin Vaive posted a career-best 32 goals in 2017-18, and he has scored nine times in 22 games to start this campaign.

Alex Wideman (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

SPHL: Andrew Schmit has notched five assists in nine games since being reassigned to Pensacola.

Europe: Matthew Caito has scored 11 goals for Graz of EBEL this season, with three coming in a two-game span Nov. 4-13.

Matthew Caito (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Caito has tallied 11 assists as well, leading the 99ers in defenseman goals, assists and points.

Andy Miele is tied for third in scoring on Nivhny Novgorod of the KHL with 20 points.

That includes a three-point game against Chelyabinsk in which he picked up back-to-back assists in the Torpedos’ comeback and recorded the clinched with one second remaining.

This is the first season a Miamian has played in the KHL since Randy Robitaille in 2013-14.

Stats for all former RedHawks playing hockey around the world:

2018-19 REGULAR SEASON

(updated 12/6/2018)

NHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Reilly Smith Vegas Golden Knights F 29 4 13 17 -3 2
Blake Coleman New Jersey Devils F 26 8 7 15 3 14
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings D 28 3 7 10 -2 4
Kiefer Sherwood Anaheim Ducks F 29 2 5 7 4 6
Chris Wideman Edmonton Oilers D 21 2 4 6 -11 12
Jack Roslovic Winnipeg Jets F 26 2 4 6 -1 2
Austin Czarnik Calgary Flames F 18 2 3 5 -5 2
Andy Greene New Jersey Devils D 26 0 5 5 -2 8
Sean Kuraly Boston Bruins F 26 1 3 4 3 17
Cameron Schilling Winnipeg Jets D 4 0 1 1 0 0

AHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Carter Camper Grand Rapids F 22 5 15 20 8 2
Riley Barber Hershey F 20 8 10 18 -5 51
Curtis McKenzie Texas F 23 4 12 16 1 39
Anthony Louis Rockford F 24 8 5 13 -1 6
Louie Belpedio Iowa F 23 1 5 6 9 27
Cameron Schilling Manitoba* D 15 0 6 6 2 12
Vincent LoVerde Toronto D 22 0 2 2 -2 8
Trevor Hamilton Grand Rapids F 5 0 0 0 -5 6
Trent Vogelhuber Cleveland F 0 0 0 0 0 0

ECHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Alex Wideman Cincinnati F 18 4 14 18 11 8
Justin Vaive Cincinnati F 22 9 4 13 1 38
Scott Dornbrock Reading D 8 0 6 6 -1 0
Taylor Richart Utah D 20 2 2 4 4 6
Trevor Hamilton Toledo D 5 2 1 3 4 4
Jimmy Mullin Kalamazoo F 4 1 0 1 0 2
Andrew Schmit Atlanta* F 3 0 0 0 -1 7

SPHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Andrew Schmit Pensacola F 9 0 5 5 -3 23
Max Cook Fayetteville F 7 1 2 3 -5 4

Europe
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Matthew Caito Graz (EBEL) D 25 11 11 22 9 20
Andy Miele Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) F 35 8 12 20 -7 40
Kevin Morris Coventry (EIHL) F 22 5 11 16 4 41
Pat Cannone Inglestadt (DEL) F 24 3 12 15 -4 6
Marc Hagel Esbjerg (Denmark) F 20 3 8 11 -4 16
Ryan Jones Cologne (DEL) F 25 3 7 10 0 10
Tyler Biggs Nottingham (EIHL) F 24 4 5 9 -4 57
Chris Joyaux Coventry (EIHL) D 21 2 4 6 -1 21
Will Weber Fischtown (DEL) D 16 1 5 6 4 56
Colin Sullivan Chamonix-Morzine (France) D 20 1 5 6 1 16
Cody Murphy Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) F 14 0 1 1 -6 8
Matt Tomassoni Bolzano (EBEL) F 0 0 0 0 0 0


Goalies

Player Team GP Min. W L GAA Sv% SHO
Jeff Zatkoff Straubing (DEL) 19 1,141 10 9 2.63 .906 1

EBEL (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga) – The top tier Austrian league which includes teams in Austrian, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.

KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) – The top tier Russian league which includes teams in Belarus, China, Finland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Slovakia.

DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) – The German professional league with all of its teams in Germany.

EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) – The top tier league of the United Kingdom which includes teams in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Allsvenskan – The second tier Swedish league.

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Schilling and Knapp Named CCHA Players of the Week

                          

Cameron Schilling                                    Connor Knapp

Senior defenseman Cameron Schilling and senior goaltender Connor Knapp were named the CCHA’s Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week, respectively for their efforts in helping Miami earn a road sweep at Michigan State.

Schilling notched two assists and four blocked shots on the weekend while Knapp stopped 53 of 54 shots including a whitewashing of the Spartans on Saturday night.

The two seniors are part of the most successful run in Miami hockey history having been part of two Frozen Four teams and a CCHA regular season and conference tournament champion.

Congratulations Cameron and Connor!

RedHawks Claim Second Denver Cup

Tournament MVP Reilly Smith scored three goals in two games and All-Denver Cup goaltender Cody Reichard made 32 saves Saturday night as the RedHawks swept Providence and host Denver at the 20th annual Denver Cup Classic at Magness Arena.

Joining Reichard and Smith on the all-tournament team were freshman forward Austin Czarnik who registered 1-3-4 and senior defenseman Cameron Schilling, who was initially credited with Miami’s third goal on Saturday before it was awarded to Smith, but chipped in with two assists in the tournament.

With the weekend’s two wins, Miami has now stretched its seasons-best unbeaten streak to eight games and has moved two games above .500 for the first time this year. At 8-6-2, the RedHawks are beginning to find their stride as all facets of their game were on display over the weekend, including the power play, which finished 3-for-9, and the defense that seemed to play with renewed intensity finishing checks and reverting to Miami’s notoriously aggressive style that overwhelmed the Friars and certainly surprised the Pioneers early last night.

Against Providence, Miami skated and passed demonstrating superior speed and skill. While the Friars netted two goals, they were never really a serious threat to win the game as both goals were scored off Miami mistakes. The first a terrible defensive zone turnover, and in perhaps showing a little rust in his return to the net, senior goaltender Connor Knapp appeared to be too deep in his crease when the Friars scored their second goal of the night in the second period.

Other thoughts from Friday as I saw this team live for the first time this season:

– The top 6 forwards were all over the Friars with three tallies from the freshmen which is incredibly encouraging.

– Having speed is something that will really set this team apart as they grow over the next few years. And, we finally have it.

– Jimmy Mullin is very strong on the puck and knows how to find his way between the circles with it.

– Blake Coleman is feisty and will be a point-scoring machine.

– “Awesome” Alden Hirschfeld looked like the captain on Friday night. Workmanlike and efficient. He led by example.

– It was good to see Connor Knapp back in net. He looked a little rusty on the second goal, but was otherwise strong making the saves he needed to enabling Miami to coast to the 6-2 victory.

In last night’s championship game against Denver, Miami got off to a slow start as they tried to dictate terms to the Pioneers. Will Weber was caught up in a scuffle during the first stoppage as he was sent off along with Denver’s Dusty Jackson. The ensuing faceoff was in the Miami zone and won cleanly by the Pioneers leading to Chris Knowlton’s blistering slapshot off the draw that put DU on top 1-0 at the :11 mark of the game.

But, as this team begins to play with the sort of confidence we’ve come to expect over the years, it felt as if it didn’t really matter. Miami struck back shortly thereafter as junior Reilly Smith notched his third goal on the weekend at 4:41 of the first off a wrister from between the circles that appeared to be slowed by Denver freshman goaltender Juho Olkinuora but not stopped.

Miami struck again in the period when at 12:09, freshman center Austin Czarnik stole the puck at the Denver blueline and walked in on Olkinuora sending a nifty backhand through the five-hole that found the back of the net giving the RedHawks a 2-1 lead. Once again, the Pioneers’ third-string goalie who shut out the Princeton Tigers one night before, appeared to get a piece of Czarnik’s shot, but not enough. Miami would not trail again.

In the second, Miami would score their third consecutive goal as senior defenseman Cameron Schilling sent a hard wrister on goal that was ultimately deflected by Smith giving Miami a 3-1 lead. For Smith, it was his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

Later in the second, the Pioneers were the benefactors of yet another poor Miami defensive zone turnover as the RedHawks lost a battle along the boards and the puck squeaked away and onto the stick of Drew Shore who made an easy centering pass to a wide open Ty Loney who beat Reichard glove-side to bring the Pioneers within a goal.

But, while Denver dominated play during the third period, Cody Reichard turned in one of his signature big game performances as he turned aside all 10 shots including three saves on Denver’s Jason Zucker, a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild.

Zucker attacked the goal on a mini-break when he came in with Will Weber trailing and attempted to go from his left to right. But, Reichard stood tall and made the save while Weber was whistled for a slashing penalty. Rather than accept the two minute power play, Denver head coach George Gwozdecky elected for a penalty shot thinking a one-on-one encounter with his best player would be a better way to beat Reichard. But, Reichard came up big waiting out Zucker who attempted a backhand that was stopped by Miami’s senior goaltender.

Reichard would stone Zucker again late in the third period from close range and senior Trent Vogelhuber scored an empty net goal as Miami defeated Denver for the third consecutive time by a 4-2 score.

Notes:

– Former Miami and current Denver head coach George Gwozdecky coached in his 1,000th career game.

– Enrico Blasi is now 3-1 against the Pioneers, and his former mentor, in his coaching career.

– Miami is now 3-3 all-time against Providence and 4-4 all-time against Denver.

– The RedHawks are now tied for 13th in the Pairwise and 11th in KRACH having played the 8th most difficult schedule in the country.

– Miami returns to CCHA play next weekend as they travel to face Northern Michigan in Marquette, Mich.

– This was Miami’s second win ever in Denver, the first coming in 1997 when the RedHawks captured their first Denver Cup title. Miami is now 2-3 all-time at Denver.