I guess I really don’t have to write a recap of last night’s 2-0 loss to Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich.
The script was nearly identical to Friday’s game. Ferris gets two powerplay goals in eight attempts, Miami can’t convert in just three man-advantage situations and the RedHawks fall to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCHA on the season.
Connor Knapp made 20 saves and Bulldog freshman goaltender, C.J. Motte earned his second collegiate shutout by stopping all 27 Miami chances.
Miami was whistled for 59 penalty minutes including three game misconducts as they continue to lead the nation in PIM.
Something’s gotta change fast because this appears to be a young, undisciplined team. Senior co-captains Alden Hirschfeld and Will Weber need to grab control of this team quickly to solve the penalty-fests that Miami games have become. If the RedHawks aren’t going to get the calls, then they need to find a way to avoid getting called or it’s going to be a long season.
Here are Miami’s penalty numbers through six games:
vs. Bemidji – 3 penalties for 6 minutes
vs. Bemidji – 4 for 8
vs. Colgate – 11 for 22
vs. Colgate – 9 for 18
vs. Ferris State – 7 for 14
vs. Ferris State – 13 for 59
Additionally, Miami has scored just 14 goals in six games and has scored more than three goals just once. Last season, Andy Miele would have 14 points in a weekend.
Remember, it’s a young, new team and a long season, but it’s certainly not off to a great start.