Games 23 and 24
Friday, Jan. 24 • 9:37 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25 • 9:07 p.m.
Colorado Springs World Arena • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Miami RedHawks (9-10-3; 3-8-1-1 NCHC) at Colorado College Tigers (2-16-4; 2-7-3-1 NCHC)
Radio: All Contests Are Streamed at MURedHawks.com
The Miami University RedHawks make their first trip to Colorado College when they take on the Tigers on Friday (9:37 p.m.) and Saturday (9:07 p.m.) nights.
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. Both games can be heard live on WMOH (1450-AM) while Saturday’s contest is also carried on WKBV (1490-AM).
Sean Kuraly’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout gave Miami an extra point in its 2-2 tie against Nebraska Omaha. Goals by Bryon Paulazzo and Austin Czarnik staked the RedHawks to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but the Mavericks fought back to even it up. Ryan McKay stopped 25 of 27 shots in a game UNO held a 27-13 edge in shots on goal. On Saturday, Devin Loe tallied his third goal this season to give MU a 1-0 lead early in the second period. UNO stormed back with two goals in the second and scored three power play goals following a five-minute major penalty in the third to down the RedHawks 5-1.
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 320-206-56 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.
Scott Owens is also in his 15th year with the Tigers and holds a 319-220-52 record at CC. The Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Tournament seven times, including a 2005 Frozen Four appearance, under Owens.
• Sophomore forward Sean Kuraly has points in six of his last eight games, tallying eight points (3g, 5a) in this stretch.
• The RedHawks went to a shootout for the first time this season on Jan. 17, winning 3-2 in seven rounds.
• Austin Czarnik needs two more points to match Craig Fisher (108) for 41st on Miami’s all-time scoring list.
• Miami enters the weekend trying to snap a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
• MU is trying to snap an 0-for-24 skid on the power play this weekend.
• The RedHawks are 9-4-2 when scoring first, but a winless 0-6-1 when allowing the first goal.
THE SERIES: The RedHawks and Tigers have only met twice in their history, the most recent coming in 2004. CC is 2-0 all-time against MU with both neutral site games coming in Ohio.
ABOUT COLORADO COLLEGE: The Tigers are winless (0-6-2) in their last eight games and sit 2-16-4 overall with a 2-7-3-1 conference record. CC is the nation’s second lowest scoring team, averaging 1.77 goals per game. Alexander Krushelnyski leads the team with 17 points (7g, 10a) while Jacob Slavin (12 points), Alex Roos (10) and Sam Rothstein (10) all have double-digit points. The bulk of the action in net has gone to Josh Thorimbert, who has a 3.27 goals against average and an .893 save percentage.
Note: This is Miami’s first trip to Colorado College in the program’s history. The prior meetings were in the 1993 Cleveland Classic and 2004 Ohio Hockey Classic.
LAST MEETING: Miami skated to a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play during the 2004 Ohio Hockey Classic in Columbus, Ohio. However, No. 2 Colorado College responded with two third-period goals to come back to a 4-3 win on Dec. 29, 2004.
DYNAMIC DUO: Miami’s Riley Barber and Austin Czarnik continue to rack up points together. The duo has combined for 61 points this year (32 for Barber and 29 for Czarnik). That total represents 32.8 percent of MU’s scoring this year.
BACK TO BASICS: After a promising start to the year, Miami is trying to pull itself out of a midseason slump that leaves it sitting below .500 overall (9-10-3) and seventh place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. A 2-0 win over Wisconsin left MU at 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. 5/5) and Wisconsin (No. 9/9). Since then, MU is 2-7-2 and allowed three goals or more in nine of 11 contests.
First 11 games (7-3-1): 3.5 goals/game, 2.0 goals allowed/game, 25.5% PP%, 85.2% PK%
Last 11 games (2-7-2): 2.7 goals/game, 3.5 goals allowed/game, 11.5% PP%, 76.9% PK%
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 three points (all assists) in his last five games. While he didn’t find the scoresheet on Jan. 18, Louis was active all the same against Omaha, leading the team with seven shots on goal. He has totaled 10 points (4g, 6a) in 20 games this year.
STEPPING UP: Sophomore forward Sean Kuraly is catching fire at a time that the RedHawks are needing some secondary scoring. Kuraly has recorded at least one point in six of Miami’s last eight games, posting eight points (3g, 5a) in that span. He has a pair of multi-point games during this stretch in the form of a two-assist game at Bemidji State on Nov. 29 and a two-goal outing at Western Michigan on Jan. 10.
PUT ME IN: When Miami has searched for a spark to put in its lineup, freshman Devin Loe has responded in kind. On Jan. 18, Loe scored to put the RedHawks ahead early in the second period with his third goal and fifth point in six games played this year. He dished out a pair of assists in his collegiate debut against North Dakota on Oct. 19, helping MU win 6-2. After playing the next game at Providence, Loe was scratched until Nov. 30, when he scored two goals in a 6-3 victory at Bemidji State.
NEEDS MORE POWER: Miami’s power play has started the new year in a bit of a funk. The RedHawks finished the 2013 portion of their schedule converting on 22 percent of its power plays. Since the calendar flipped to 2014, MU is 1-for-26 and missed on its last 24 chances with the man advantage over four games.