Games 27 and 28
Friday, Feb. 14 • 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 • 8:07 p.m.
Ralph Engelstad Arena • Grand Forks, N.D.
Miami RedHawks (10-13-3; 4-11-1-1 NCHC) at No. 17/RV North Dakota (14-9-3; 9-7-0-0 NCHC)
Television: CBS Sports Network (Friday)
Radio: All Contests Are Streamed at MURedHawks.com
The Miami University RedHawks travel to Grand Forks, N.D. for a weekend set at North Dakota. Friday night’s game begins at 8:30 p.m. while faceoff for Saturday’s finale is at 8:07 p.m. ET.
WAYS TO LISTEN/WATCH
Miami hockey can be heard live all weekend at MURedHawks.com. An All-Access broadcast will also be available for both contests. Friday night’s matchup is a national telecast on CBS Sports Network (DirecTV channel 221, Dish Network channel 152, check local cable listings).
LAST TIME OUT
Miami suffered its first home losses against Western Michigan since 2004 when it dropped games by scores of 5-2 and 3-2 over the weekend.
Enrico Blasi (Miami ’94) is in his 15th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a five-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 321-209-56 in 14-plus seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to nine NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a trio of CCHA regular-season titles and the school’s first ever Mason Cup in 2011. Blasi is the winningest coach in school history.
Dave Hakstol (North Dakota ‘96) is in his 10th season at the helm of the UND hockey program. In nine of his 10 seasons North Dakota has either advanced to the Frozen Four, won a regular season conference championship or a conference playoff title. Hakstol is 249-128-40 behind the bench at UND.
• Riley Barber has a team-high 10 multi-point games this season and is tied for 10th nationally with 36 points (17g, 19a). His 17 goals are tied for seventh in the country.
• Austin Czarnik is on a three-game point streak with five assists in that stretch, his next point will tie Pete Shipman and Rob Vanderydt (112) for 37th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
• The RedHawks are 6-for-15 (40.0 percent) on the power play over their last three games.
• The Red and White are looking for their first Friday night series opening win since downing Wisconsin, 2-0, on Nov. 15.
• Sophomore Matthew Caito enters play on Friday riding a season-high three-game point streak, he has two goals and two assists in that stretch.
• Freshman Anthony Louis has recorded points in three-consecutive games, posting five total points (2g, 3a) during his point streak.
ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA: UND sits in a third-place tie in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings with a 9-7 league ledger and a 14-9-3 overall record. Forwards Rocco Grimaldi (22 points) and Michael Parks (21 points) pace North Dakota offensively while defenseman Dillon Simpson has 16 points and leads the team with 62 blocked shots. UND has worked with a time share in goal between Zane Gothberg (2.26 goals against average, .914 save percentage) and Clarke Saunders (3.36 GAA, .901 save%). North Dakota dropped a 6-3 decision against Nebraska Omaha on Feb. 8, but was 5-1-1 since Jan. 10 prior to that setback.
LAST MEETING: Miami and North Dakota met in Oxford during the second week of the regular season, splitting a pair of meetings in Steve Cady Arena. Blake Coleman netted a hat trick in the series finale on Oct. 19 as part of a 6-2 MU win.
MILESTONE GAMES: Miami seniors Max Cook and Bryon Paulazzo could hit some career milestones during this weekend’s series at North Dakota. Cook, who has played 25 games this season, will suit up for his 100th-career game on Friday night. Paulazzo, who’s logged 15 games in the lineup, is two games shy of that mark and could hit it on Saturday night.
BACK TO BASICS: After a promising start to the year, Miami is trying to pull itself out of a slump that leaves it sitting below .500 overall (10-13-3) and tied for seventh place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. A 2-0 win over Wisconsin improved MU to 7-3-1 overall with a 2-2 mark in NCHC play. The RedHawks allowed two goals or less in seven of those 11 games, including shutouts over current top-10 teams St. Cloud State (No. 6/6) and Wisconsin (No. 8/8). Since then, MU is 3-10-2 and allowed three goals or more in 12 of 15 contests.
First 11 games (7-3-1): 3.5 goals/game, 2.0 goals allowed/game, 25.5% PP%, 85.2% PK%
Last 15 games (3-10-2): 2.7 goals/game, 3.5 goals allowed/game, 16.5% PP%, 79.1% PK%
CLIMBING THE RANKS: With three assists in a Feb. 7-8 series against Western Michigan, Austin Czarnik continued his ascent on Miami’s all-time scoring list. The junior captain is now tied for 39th in school history with 111 career points.
Miami Career Points
1. Steve Morris (1979-83), 202 points
2. Carter Camper (2007-11), 183
33. Bob Marshall (1990-94) & Marty Guerin (2003-07), 115
35. Andy Cozzi (1981-85) & Andy Greene (2002-06), 114
37. Pete Shipman (1978-80) & Rob Vanderydt (1987-91), 112
39. Austin Czarnik (2011-present) & John Malloy (1978-80), 111
PROMISING FRESHMAN: freshman forward Anthony Louis has shown some high upside in spurts this year. The Winfield, Ill., native began the year with six points (3g, 3a) in his first six games. After hitting a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the year, Louis has notched eight points (2g, 6a) in his last nine games. Louis had a big night on Jan. 25 when he posted a season-high three points on a goal and two assists to help Miami top Colorado College 6-1. He enters this weekend on a season-best tying three-game point streak.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Red and White defense have been more involved in the attack since January. After combining for just 21 points (3g, 18a) through the first 18 games this year, Miami’s blue line totaled 15 points (5g, 10a) since Jan. 10 (eight games). Matthew Caito leads the way with five points (2g, 3a) followed by Matt Joyaux’s four (1g, 3a) and Ben Paulides’ three (2g, 1a).