Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Ohio State
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
- Miami clinched its fourth Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship in program history Saturday night with their 4-2 victory over Ohio State. The RedHawks' other regular-season titles came in 1992-93, 2005-06 and 2009-10, while Miami also won a CCHA Tournament in 2011, giving the program five league titles overall. The RedHawks finished the CCHA season with 59 points while Notre Dame was second with 56 and Western Michigan had 54.
- Saturday's contest was the regular-season finale and the final CCHA regular-season game ever for Miami as the conference will disband after the season. In 32 seasons, Miami has an all-time CCHA record of 416-438-88. The RedHawks will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) next season. In honor of the final CCHA regular-season game, Miami's first varsity head coach, Steve Cady, and Lloyd Goggin, who Goggin Ice Center is named after, took part in a ceremonial puck drop.
- Saturday night drew a season-high crowd of 3,618 fans to Steve Cady Arena as the RedHawks improved their home record to 12-2-3 in Oxford this season with the win. The previous-best crowd at home this year was 3,550 against Northern Michigan Nov. 9, 2012. Miami has outscored the opposition, 49-25, at home this season.
- Senior Curtis McKenzie scored the first goal of the game in the first period Saturday. With the win, Miami raised its record to 19-2-1 when scoring first this season, doing so in 22 of 36 games this year.
- Prior to Saturday's game, Miami's six seniors, Marc Hagel, Joe Hartman, Garrett Kennedy, Steve Mason, Curtis McKenzie and Steven Spinell, were recognized on the ice as part of Senior Night. In honor of the event, head coach Enrico Blasi sent out a group of all-senior forwards and defensemen to start the game: Hartman, Spinell and Kennedy, who are all defensemen, and forwards McKenzie and Hagel. The senior class ranks sixth in program history with 98 career wins while winning two CCHA regular-season titles, a Mason Cup and appearing in a Frozen Four during their careers.
- In perfect tune with the theme of the night, senior forward Curtis McKenzie netted Miami's first tally of the game, marking his ninth goal and 22nd point of the season (9-13-22). McKenzie has three goals and an assist in five games against Ohio State this year. In the second period, senior defenseman Steven Spinell notched his ninth assist and 10th point of the season. Senior forward Marc Hagel recorded an assist in the third period, making him the third Miami senior to notch a point in the game.
- Miami allowed just two goals Saturday, marking the 26th time in its last 29 games the RedHawks held the opposition to two goals or less. Miami has allowed more than two goals just seven times all season in 36 games. The RedHawks rank second nationally, allowing 1.61 goals per game.
- By scoring four goals Saturday, Miami improved to 17-0-1 this year when scoring three goals or more and 12-0-0 when topping the four-goal mark.
- Freshman forward Riley Barber notched an assist on McKenzie's goal and followed up with a goal of his own in the second period. Barber ended the season as the overall CCHA points leader with 36 points (15 goals and 21 assists). Saturday was his 11th multi-point game of the year, which leads the team.
- Sophomore forward Blake Coleman scored the RedHawks' third goal of the night and notched an assist earlier in the contest. It was the fourth time this season that Coleman has tallied two points and the first time he has done so since Dec. 15 against Ohio State. Coleman finishes the regular season with 16 points off eight goals and eight assists.
- Sophomore forward Cody Murphy netted the RedHawks' fourth goal of the night and his ninth goal of the year with a third period strike that represented his 20th career point.
- Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik tallied an assist on Barber's goal. The assist raises Czarnik's season stat line to 11 goals, 22 assists, and 33 points and marks his 70th career point. Czarnik and Barber have provided firepower for Miami's top line all season as the two combined for 26 goals, 43 assists and 69 points at the culmination of regular-season play.
- After losing Friday to OSU, Miami avoided being swept for the first time all year. The RedHawks improved to 3-1-1 against the Buckeyes this season with the win Saturday.
- Miami will be the No. 1 seed entering the CCHA Tournament and has a first-round bye. The RedHawks will host a best-of-three second-round series March 15-17 at Steve Cady Arena against an opponent to be determined. Game time will be 7:35 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and 7:05 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, if necessary.