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Part II: 14 freshmen on 2016-17 roster

With Miami’s earliest exit in recent history last season and its biggest influx of freshman talent in a number of years, the 2016-17 season can’t get here soon enough.

BoB has you covered, with its summer withdrawal-killing first look at the RedHawks’ Class of 2020.

We take a look at all of the newcomers expected to don the Red and White this fall in Part II of our roster evaluation.

FORWARDS

Miami has seven new forwards on its 2016-17 roster, a mix of big players, small players, goal scorers and playmakers – a necessary combination for a winning team. As mentioned in Part I, only eight forwards return from last season, so at least four members of this class will be in the lineup each night.

Alex Alger – A stud with Cranbrook in the Michigan high school system, Alger has spent the last three seasons in the NAHL, scoring 43 goals and dishing for 61 assists. He’s a slight skater at 5-11, 154 pounds and will be the first player in team history to wear a number in the 70s. His younger brother, Austin, is also a Miami commit.

Karch Bachman – The only draftee among this class, Bachman was limited to 35 games last season but scored 14 goals and set up eight more for three USHL teams. Bachman was selected in the fifth round by Florida last season and is a product of the prestigious Culver Academy in Indiana. He is also 5-11, weighing 171 pounds, and Miami is hoping he can help light the lamp this season, an area the RedHawks struggled with much of 2015-16.

Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Gordie Green – Green should be one of the more polished freshmen this season, having spent two-plus seasons with Dubuque of the USHL. He is a playmaker, although he’s also not afraid to stand in front of the net and redirect pucks when needed. Green finished with 12 goals and 27 assists last regular season, and he went 0-8-8 in 12 playoff games as the Fighting Saints won the Clark Cup. Maybe not the type of points producer as an Andy Miele or Austin Czarnik, but he should put up over 20 points a season. He’s definitely on the small side at 5-8-168.

Carter Johnson – A late bloomer out of Manitoba, Johnson signed midway through this past season. He will provide the team some much-needed size up front at 6-feet-3, 208 pounds. Johnson came out of Swan Valley of the Canadian second-tier juniors to score 16 goals and dish for 21 assists in his first and only NAHL season with Corpus Christi in 2015-16.

Willie Knierim – Knierim was ranked the 149th-best North American skater heading into the 2016 draft but was not selected. He’s an intriguing player because he has NHL size (6-feet-3, 212 pounds) and a solid skill set, albeit still a little raw. Like many big kids, it may take him longer to become a major contributor, but he hopefully he can contribute right away and continue to get better. Sean Kuraly was drafted highly by San Jose, but the development path in Oxford could be similar. And he’s just 18, a year younger than Kuraly when he put on the Miami sweater. Winning a Clark Cup with Green should help his confidence level.

Carson Meyer – What a first season in the USHL. Meyer – another Columbus product – scored 32 goals and added 19 assists for 51 points for Tri-City, the highest marker and points total of any incoming freshman. He spent four years in the Junior Blue Jackets system, and he went 21-30-51 with the U-18 team his final season. Big-time goal scorers are obviously needed at Miami, and hopefully those outstanding USHL numbers will translate to Division I.

Christian Mohs – Another late signee, Mohs has been a points machine in the NAHL the past two seasons. Mohs racked up 101 of them in 116 regular season games in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with Minot. He turns 21 this month, which is obviously older for a freshman, but his experience could be a benefit on a team loaded with teens. The Minnesota product is 6-0-183, so he has decent size for a points producer.

DEFENSEMEN

As documented in Part I, Miami will have an enormous challenge to replace Matthew Caito, Taylor Richart and Chris Joyaux on the back end. Four blueliners return (Colin Sullivan, Louie Belpedio, Scott Dornbrock, Grant Hutton), and while all are solid, at least two newbies will dress each night.

Jared Brandt – A teammate of Mohs, Brandt put up 27 points in Minot this past season, his third with that team. The St. Louis product is a bit undersized at 5-9-174, but Miami fans know that smaller defensemen from that city can have plenty of success at the collegiate level and beyond (Chris Wideman). He also wore No. 6 with the Minotaurs. Brandt will be 21 this October, and the RedHawks have had a lot of success with older defensemen coming in

Grant Frederic – Already 21, Frederic is another St. Louis-area player described to BoB by a scout familiar with Miami hockey as “(Kevin) Roeder but six inches taller”. Frederic’s younger brother, Trent, was just drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round last week. He played in the NAHL in 2013-14 but has been a standout for USHL Green Bay the past two seasons, racking up eight goals, 19 assists and 208 penalty minutes. Frederic will likely be a favorite to jump in the lineup immediately.

Bryce Hatten – Hatten suffered a major hip injury in a preseason game with USHL Cedar Rapids and was limited to six regular season games. He is 19 and played a full season with the RoughRiders in 2014-15, when he went 2-5-7 in 51 games. Hatten notched a pair of assists in four playoffs games this spring. He is 6-2-198 and will likely develop into a quality D-man for Miami. Hatten did miss almost an entire developmental season, so it will be interesting to see how he looks this fall, but he likely has a bright future in Oxford even if he isn’t 100 percent heading into 2016-17.

Chaz Switzer – Switzer turns 19 next week but has played in the USHL for three seasons, logging 121 regular season games with Muskegon and Sioux Falls. He is definitely a stay-at-home D-man, having recorded just 11 points in the USHL, but he definitely has no problem mixing it up, as he has 294 penalty minutes. Switzer is a little on the small side for an NCHC defenseman and 6-0-195, but he has plenty of high-level experience for his age and could be a quality asset on the blue line for Miami.

GOALTENDERS

Miami will have four goaltenders with a total of 9:39 of collegiate experience entering 2016-17, but the RedHawks have gone through this before and have always been fine between the pipes. Whether it was ironman David Burleigh, Jeff and Eff, Cody and Connor or Jay and McKay, this team has an excellent track record in net under coach Enrico Blasi.

Ryan Larkin – Larkin is the cousin of the Detroit Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin, and while he was limited to four games in 2015-16, he is one of the favorites to log the majority of playing time in net this fall. At 19, Larkin has logged 32 USHL games with Cedar Rapids and recorded a 2.38 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Injured and done for the year by January, Larkin came to Oxford and got a head start on his class load late last season, so having a chance to be an informal member of the team the past six months can only help his transition to Division I.

Andrew Masters – Masters signed very late after a phenomenal season with Georgetown (Ont.) of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He went 28-9 in the regular season with a 2.00 GAA, .934 save percentage and four shutouts, and he was 13-9 in the playoffs as the Raiders lost to Trenton in the finals. He is already 21, and it’s unclear what role he will play this season with Miami, but his resume of winning can only help him as he heads into his first season of collegiate hockey.

Chase Munroe – A Chicago-area product, Munroe posted stellar numbers in his third and final NAHL season with Minnesota. He went 19-14 with a 2.22 GAA and .912 save percentage, notching three shutouts. Munroe also had a solid rookie campaign with Wichita Falls in 2013-14 but played for three teams the following year and was limited to 16 games. At 6-4-216, Munroe takes up a lot of net and the 21-year-old should compete for a large chunk of playing time right away.

A look at Miami commits’ 2015-16 stats in both the regular season and playoffs, which can always be found here https://blogofbrotherhood.com/future-redhawks/:

COMMITS’ 2015-16 FINAL REGULAR SEASON STATS


Skaters

Player YOB Team League Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Carson Meyer* 1997 Tri-City USHL F 56 32 19 51 10 47
Christian Mohs* 1995 Minot NAHL F 60 17 33 50 8 16
Gordie Green* 1997 Dubuque USHL F 60 12 27 39 15 37
Ryan Savage 2000 EC Salzburg RBHRC U18 F 16 22 15 37 41
Carter Johnson* 1995 Corpus Christi NAHL F 59 16 21 37 -4 65
Ben Lown 1998 W. Falls/Omaha NAHL/USHL F 45 9 26 35 15 14
Alex Alger* 1995 Johnstown NAHL F 49 11 21 32 3 62
Willie Knierim* 1998 Dubuque USHL F 53 14 13 27 -2 161
Jared Brandt* 1995 Minot NAHL D 59 5 22 27 17 77
Johnny Gruden 2000 Honeybaked U16 HPHL U16 F 22 16 8 24 48
Austin Alger 1997 Omaha USHL F 56 11 12 23 -12 16
Karch Bachman* 1997 GB/CHI/C.Rapids USHL F 35 14 8 22 1 10
Rourke Russell 1998 Wichita Falls NAHL D 48 4 14 18 11 63
Grant Frederic* 1995 Green Bay USHL D 58 2 12 14 20 96
Phillip Knies 1998 Sioux City USHL F 47 5 8 13 -10 40
Joey Keane 1999 Dubuque USHL D 55 2 9 11 12 51
Chaz Switzer* 1997 Sioux Falls USHL D 48 2 4 6 -12 130
Brian Hawkinson 1998 Tri-City USHL F 55 1 3 4 -8 20
Alec Mahalak 1998 Youngstown USHL D 1 0 3 3 6 0
Bryce Hatten* 1997 Cedar Rapids USHL D 6 0 0 0 -1 0


Goalies

Player YOB Team League GP W L T GAA Sv% SHO
Andrew Masters* 1995 Georgetown OJHL 43 28 9 0 2.00 .934 4
Ryan Larkin* 1997 Cedar Rapids USHL 4 3 0 1 2.13 .917 0
Chase Munroe* 1995 Minnesota NAHL 35 19 8 6 2.22 .912 3

COMMITS’ FINAL 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS
Final regular season


Skaters

Player YOB Team League Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Carson Meyer* 1997 Tri-City USHL F 11 5 6 11 10 4
Gordie Green* 1997 Dubuque USHL F 12 0 8 8 2 2
Willie Knierim* 1998 Dubuque USHL F 12 3 1 4 -7 8
Ryan Savage 2000 EC Salzburg II RBHS U20 F 4 1 2 3 4
Christian Mohs* 1995 Minot NAHL F 4 2 0 2 0 6
Joey Keane 1999 Dubuque USHL D 12 1 1 2 1 2
Brian Hawkinson 1998 Tri-City USHL F 11 0 2 2 -1 0
Bryce Hatten* 1997 Cedar Rapids USHL D 4 0 2 2 1 0
Alex Alger* 1995 Johnstown NAHL F 6 0 2 2 -3 0
Jared Brandt* 1995 Minot NAHL D 4 1 0 1 -4 8
Grant Frederic* 1995 Green Bay USHL D 4 0 1 1 1 0
Chaz Switzer* 1997 Sioux Falls USHL D 3 0 0 0 -5 0


Goalies

Player YOB Team League GP W L T GAA Sv% SHO
Andrew Masters* 1995 Georgetown OJHL 22 13 9 0 2.41 .928 1
Chase Munroe* 1995 Minnesota NAHL 1 0 1 0 6.58 .810 0

Last updated: 6-4-2016

*-will play for Miami in 2016-17

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Part I: 14 freshmen on Miami roster

The letters “FR” are listed in the rows of 14 of the 27 players on Miami’s 2016-17 roster.

Meaning over half of the RedHawks expected to hit the ice this fall will be freshmen.

Of the other 13, seven are sophomores-to-be, three will be juniors and three enter their senior seasons.

Part I of this two-part series will focus on Miami’s position-by-position breakdown for the upcoming season, while the latter installment will introduce everyone to the newest crop of RedHawks.

FORWARDS

OUT: 6 – Kevin Morris (graduated), Sean Kuraly (graduated), Alex Gacek (graduated), Devin Loe (cut), Michael Mooney (graduated), Andrew Schmit (graduated).

RETURNING: 8 – Seniors – Anthony Louis, Justin Greenberg. Junior – Conor Lemirande. Sophomores – Jack Roslovic, Kiefer Sherwood, Josh Melnick, Zach LaValle, Ryan Siroky.

IN: 7 – Gordie Green, Carson Meyer, Christian Mohs, Carter Johnson, Alex Alger, Karch Bachman, Willie Knierim.

ANALYSIS: Yes, Miami took some major hits in this department, but it’s the most stable of the three facets. The RedHawks’ top four scorers all return (Louis and Sherwood, 11 goals; Roslovic, 10 goals; Melnick, nine goals). The toughest thing to replace from this group will be the leadership – Kuraly was team captain and Morris was an alternate – and the penalty killing ability. Morris, Kuraly and Gacek were all studs on the PK. Last season’s freshman class was impressive, especially the second half of the year, and will be relied on heavily in 2016-17. Even if all of the returning skaters dress, that leaves four openings for incoming freshmen, so at least one-third of the forwards will be rookies every night this fall.

DEFENSEMEN

OUT: 4 – Matthew Caito (graduated), Chris Joyaux (graduated), Taylor Richart (graduated), Michael Mooney (graduated).

RETURNING: 4 – Senior – Colin Sullivan. Juniors – Louie Belpedio, Scott Dornbrock. Sophomore – Grant Hutton.

IN: 4 – Bryce Hatten, Grant Frederic, Chaz Switzer. Jared Brandt.

ANALYSIS: Caito has been one of the best blueliners to play for Miami in recent years, and Richart and Joyaux were solid shut-down D-men for four years. The RedHawks were so deep here last season that Sullivan had trouble getting into the lineup despite playing very well just about every time he dressed. Like the forward corps, at least one-third of this group will be freshmen this season with only four blueliners returning. The good news is that this coaching staff has always brought in solid skaters on the back end that are game-ready as soon they come to Oxford. Hutton was the most recent example last season. If Belpedio takes another step forward he could be the top D-man in the conference. He is the lone returning alternate captain from 2015-16 and could wear the ‘C’ this fall.

Defenseman Louie Belpedio (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Defenseman Louie Belpedio (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

GOALTENDERS

OUT: 2 – Jay Williams (graduated), Ryan McKay (graduated).

RETURNING: 1 – Sophomore – Evan McCarthy.

IN: 3 – Ryan Larkin, Chase Munroe, Andrew Masters.

ANALYSIS: The Zatkoff effect continues. Jeff Zatkoff left after his junior year, leaving Miami with two freshmen in net for 2008-09, and eight seasons later the cycle repeats. Williams and McKay both had outstanding careers with the RedHawks, and the bar is high for the newcomers. McCarthy played the final minutes of one game last season, as he enters 2016-17 the most game-tested netminder on the team, having logged 9:39 between the pipes. Like with the blueline, Miami’s coaches continue to bring in excellent goalies. Masters was a late addition and gives the team four goaltenders on the roster, which is a bit of a rarity.

BOTTOM LINE: Scoring was a major issue for Miami last season, and while Roslovic was a stud early in the season, the rest of the freshman class caught up after the break, providing optimism in that area for 2016-17. And as for the goaltending, call fans spoiled but the RedHawks haven’t really struggled with talent in that area since Enrico Blasi took over the coaching reins 17 years ago, so there’s little reason to believe that will be an issue this season. The defense is arguably the biggest concern, and it’s no knock whatsoever on the incoming and returning players but a compliment to the graduated seniors from last season. The amazing two-way play of Caito, the passion and toughness of Richart, the physical and shut-down ability of Joyaux – that’s half of the blueline on the nightly lineup sheet – will be difficult to replace. Plus a D-corps can either make that transition to collegiate hockey much smoother or rougher for a team with three freshmen goalies. With all of the youth overall, at the risk of sounding cliché, this team may be much better in March than in October, which is the ultimate goal for a hockey team anyway.

Preview: Miami at Minnesota-Duluth

WHO: Miami RedHawks (15-16-3) at Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (15-14-5).

WHAT: NCHC best-of-3 quarterfinal series.

WHERE: Amsoil Arena, Duluth, Minn.

WHEN: Friday–8:07 p.m.; Saturday–8:07 p.m.; Sunday–8:07 p.m. (if necessary)

TV: None.

MIAMI RADIO: All three nights–WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

MINNESOTA-DULUTH RADIO: All three nights–WWAX-FM (92.1), Duluth, Minn.; KQDS-FM (95.5), Grand Rapids, Minn.; WJJY-FM (106.7), Brainerd, Minn.; WXCX-FM (105.7), Pine City, Minn.

NOTES: Miami was swept in Duluth last weekend, and the RedHawks return to UMD with their season on the line.

Miami is 0-3-1 vs. Minnesota-Duluth and has scored just four goals against Kasimir Kaskisuo and the Bulldogs this season.

And that has been the MO for UMD – it has allowed just 68 goals in 34 goals for a 2.00 average, with Kaskisuo posting a 1.86 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

Only two Bulldogs have reached the 20-point mark, with just Tony Camenaresi over 30 (9-22-31). Austin Farley has 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points, including eight of UMD’s 20 power play tallies.

Tied for 22nd in the PairWise rankings and a game under .500, the axiom of the year is that Miami needs to win this series to have a shot at an NCAA Tournament berth, and the RedHawks probably need to win the NCHC Tournament to earn a spot among the national field.

Miami has yet to win against Minnesota-Duluth this season, finishing the regular season 0-3-1 vs. the Bulldogs, and the RedHawks were swept in Duluth last weekend, getting outscored, 8-1.

It doesn’t look good for MU, but consider that the RedHawks are 7-2 all-time in the NCHC Tournament and 4-1 in this round including 2-0 on the road.

Miami has won this round both seasons of the NCHC’s existence to advance to the Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis.

The RedHawks also have not lost a best-of-3 series since 2009 when Northern Michigan rallied to win Games 2 and 3 at Cady Arena after losing the series opener.

Preview: Colorado College at Miami

WHO: Colorado College Tigers (6-23-1) at Miami University RedHawks (13-14-3).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

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

TV: Saturday – Fox Sports Alternate (DirecTV Ch. 608).

COLORADO COLLEGE RADIO: Both nights–KRDO-AM (1240) and KRDO-FM (105.5), Colorado Springs, Colo.

MIAMI RADIO: Both nights–WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

NOTES: The earlier series between these teams was a dumpster fire for Miami, which lost in the third period both nights and caused some internal turmoil.

Colorado College started the season 0-13 before beating Air Force and then topping the RedHawks twice, but the Tigers have dropped their last five by an average of 2.8 goals.

CC has had trouble scoring goals and preventing them, which explains its 6-23-1 record.

The Tigers have scored just 64 goals, or 2.06 per game, with just 44 of them coming at even strength.

Only one Colorado College player has eclipsed the 20-point mark, and that’s Hunter Fejes, who has 13 goals and nine assists.

Fejes tormented Miami in Colorado Springs, netting both goals in the come-from-behind 2-1 win in the opener and tallying the game winner with 1:13 left in the finale.

Luc Gerdes is second on the team in scoring (7-11-18), and Trey Bradley is second on the team in goals (9) and third in points (16).

Jacob Nehama has been the primary goalie for CC in recent weeks, playing in six straight games and 15 of the team’s last 17. He is 6-15-0 with a 3.58 goals-against average and a decent .902 save percentage, indicating he has faced a ton of shots.

Colorado College has indeed had a major shooting deficit, averaging 26.6 shots on goal while allowing 35.1 per game.

The Tigers are last in the NCHC but could still move up a spot, as they are four points behind seventh-place Western Michigan.

But Colorado College is just 2-12-1 on the road this season.

Miami is tied with Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth for fourth with 25 points as those three teams vie for the final top-four spot that ensures home-ice advantage for the best-of-3 series to open the NCHC Tournament.

UNO is at St. Cloud State, and UMD hosts North Dakota, so the RedHawks obviously have a great chance to move into solo control of that fourth spot this weekend.

Miami's Sean Kuraly (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Miami’s Sean Kuraly (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

These are the final home games of the regular season for Miami and the last games of 2015-16 at Cady Arena unless it can secure that fourth seed.

Senior forward Sean Kuraly is plus-10 in his last 14 games, notching four goals and 10 assists in that span.

Junior forward Anthony Louis has scored three goals in his last three games, and freshman forward Kiefer Sherwood has four markers in six contests.

Preview: St. Cloud State at Miami

WHO: No. 3 St. Cloud State Huskies (22-5-1) at Miami RedHawks (10-12-3).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

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

TV: Friday–Fox Sports Alternate (DirecTV Ch. 608); Saturday–None.

ST. CLOUD STATE RADIO: Both nights–KCML-FM (99.9).

MIAMI RADIO: Both nights–WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

NOTES: St. Cloud State has 123 goals or 4.39 per game, the second-best clip in college hockey.

Miami's Jack Roslovic (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Miami’s Jack Roslovic (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

The Huskies have eight players with 20 points or more, compared to Miami, which has just one (Jack Roslovic), and six SCSU skaters have scored at least 10 times.

Kalle Kossila has 11 goals and 24 assists for a team-best 35 points, and Joey Benik leads the team in markers (17) and is second in helpers (16).

Rounding out the team’s 30-point club is David Morley with a line of 10-21-31.

Captain Ethan Prow leads all blueliners in points with 26, including five goals.

In net, Charlie Lindgren leads all of college hockey in wins (21) and minutes (1,562). He has a 2.04 goals-against average and a save percentage of .927.

St. Cloud State is second in college hockey with a power play percentage of 31.7.

If the Huskies have an Achilles’ heel, it’s their penalty kill. Opponents are converting 22.8 percent of their chances on the man advantage.

SCSU is riding a six-game unbeaten streak and has won four in a row, during which the team has scored 25 goals.

Miami leads the all-time series, 13-9-2, but has lost four of its last five meetings. This is the first time these teams have played in Oxford since Feb. 21-22, 2014.

The RedHawks have just one more home series after this weekend.

Miami heads to Nebraska-Omaha

WHO: Miami RedHawks (7-11-3) at No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (15-6-1).

WHERE: Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb..

WHEN: Friday–8:37 p.m.; Saturday–8:07 p.m.

TV: Friday–CBS College Sports (DirecTV Ch. 221); Saturday–None.

NEBRASKA-OMAHA RADIO: KZOT-AM (1180), Omaha, Neb..

MIAMI RADIO: WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

NOTES: Despite its impressive record, Nebraska-Omaha has lost three of four games, earning a split in North Dakota after getting swept in Denver.

The Mavericks are averaging 3.2 goals per game, thanks largely to the tandem of juniors Austin Ortega and Jake Guentzel.

Ortega is tied for fifth in college hockey with 17 goals, including seven game winners, and Guentzel in tops in the NCHC with points (11-21-32) and has a plus-17 rating.

Justin Parizek and Jake Randolph have added ample secondary scoring, with 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Evan Weninger is having an outstanding year in net for UNO, posting a .942 save percentage to go along with a 1.99 goals-against average in 12 games.

However, Miami could catch a break, as his status is uncertain after suffering an ankle injury. He did not make the trip to North Dakota last weekend.

Kirk Thompson has a 2.93 GAA and a save percentage of .881.

Speaking of goalie issues, the RedHawks’ netminding situation is also unclear after senior Ryan McKay was scratched last weekend. Senior Jay Williams was very good last week in a win over Bowling Green and should play at least one game this weekend.

Miami enters this weekend six points behind the fifth-place Mavericks in the NCHC standings.

When these teams met earlier this season in Oxford, UNO went 1-0-1, thanks to some late heroics, including an overtime winner in the finale.

Preview: Minn.-Duluth at Miami

WHO: Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (7-7-3) at Miami RedHawks (6-10-2).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

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

TV: Friday–Time Warner Sportsnet (DirecTV Ch. 691).

MINN.-DULUTH RADIO: WWAX-FM (92.1), Duluth, Minn.

MIAMI RADIO: WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

NOTES: Minnesota-Duluth has not played a game since Dec. 12, so Miami has a chance to catch the Bulldogs rusty, at least early in the weekend series.

UMD was shut out in each of its last two games, 3-0 losses at home vs. North Dakota.

The Bulldogs went through a rough patch defensively earlier this season but have allowed just nine goals in their last seven games, including three straight blankings.

Austin Farley leads UMD in goals (10) and points (19), and Tony Cameranesi is tops in assists with 12 and second in points with 17 despite missing two games.

Kasimir Kaskisuo has been in net for all of the Bulldogs’ games this season, posting a 1.91 goals-against average and a save percentage of .923.

These teams never met until 2008 in the NCAA West Regional. They split their four-game set last season, and UMD holds a 4-3 edge in the all-time series.