Miami Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Northern Michigan
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
Oxford, Ohio - Steve Cady Arena
Freshman forward Sean Kuraly tallied his second point and goal of the season when he netted a power play goal during the first period of Saturday night's action. Both of Kuraly's career goals have come on the power play. Kuraly is among the nine total RedHawks with multiple goals this season. Underclassmen constitute seven of the members in that multi-goal group.
Freshman forward Riley Barber added an assist on Kuraly's goal, which marks his 14th point and ninth assist of the season, both of which are team highs. Barber has scored a point in all but two games this season and leads all NCAA freshmen with 14 points.
Sophomore forward Alex Wideman tallied an assist on Kuraly's goal in the first period before burying a goal of his own to tie the game up with just over two minutes remaining in the third period. The multi-point night is the second for Wideman this season and just the third of his collegiate career. He also scored the shootout-winning goal Saturday.
Senior defenseman Joe Hartman notched his first point of the season with an assist on Wideman's goal. Hartman stood out as the lone upperclassman to tally a point for Miami in Saturday's game.
Underclassmen continue to lead the way for the RedHawks this season, accounting for five of Miami's six points Saturday night and 16 of Miami's 18 points on the weekend. Freshmen and sophomores have been responsible for 59 of the 76 Miami points this year (77.6 percent). Sophomore Austin Czarnik and Barber alone account for 35.5 percent of Miami's total points (27-of-76).
Prior to Saturday night's shootout win, Miami's last CCHA shootout came on Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Michigan. The RedHawks won that shootout vs. UM, as well as the non-official shootout the 'Hawks participated in against Providence on Oct. 19 of this year. After Saturday night's shootout victory, Miami's record in Saturday games is 4-0-1 this year. The RedHawks' record in OT games is now 1-0-2 while their record at Steve Cady Arena improves to 4-0-2 during the 2012-2013 season.
Miami found tremendous success on the power play during the weekend series, scoring four of their seven goals against Northern Michigan on the man advantage. The RedHawks power play percentage improved from .162 (6-37) when the series began to .204 (10-49) after Saturday night, going 4-for-12 on the weekend (33.3 percent).
Freshman goaltender Jay Williams has now started the past five games for the RedHawks and his record stands at 5-2-1.
Miami (6-2-2, 3-2-1-1 CCHA), which now sits in first place in the CCHA, continues its home stand next weekend when CCHA foe Michigan State comes to Steve Cady Arena. The puck drops Friday at 7:35 p.m. with Saturday's matchup set to begin at 7:05 p.m.