Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
- Miami defeated Bowling Green, 3-1, Saturday night, for the RedHawks third straight win while also completing a weekend sweep after a 2-1 win Friday. The RedHawks' only other CCHA sweep this year came at Alaska Nov. 30-Dec. 1 while Miami also swept Colgate in non-conference action to start the year.
- With the win Friday, Miami improved its home record to 8-1-3 at Steve Cady Arena and stood its ground at second place in the CCHA standings, one point behind Western Michigan.
- Miami allowed just one goal Saturday for the fourth straight game and has given up a goal or less in 11 of its last 15 games. Miami has limited opponents to two goals or less in 18 of its last 19 contests and 21 of 26 games on the year. The RedHawks rank first nationally on defense, giving up just 1.54 gpg.
- Miami went 1-for-4 on the power play Saturday night and converted 3-of-7 chances on the weekend. The RedHawks went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill Saturday, completing a perfect 7-for-7 weekend by the PK unit. Miami has now killed 38 of its opponents' last 39 power plays dating back to Dec. 8 and 20 straight going back to Jan. 11.
- The RedHawks got off to a quick start Saturday night, receiving goals from sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin and junior forward Bryon Paulazzo in the first period. Before Saturday night, Miami had not found the net twice in the first period since Nov. 30 when the 'Hawks knocked in a pair during the opening game of the road series against Alaska. Prior to Saturday's mini outburst, Miami had just two first-period goals in its last 12 games.
- With a second-period goal, Mullin notched his second multi-point game of the season but first multi-goal game of the year. It was the first time he netted two goals in a game since Mar. 9, 2012 when he scored twice against Michigan State during the CCHA Playoffs. Mullin now has three multi-goal games in his career.
- Paulazzo scored for the third time this year and the first time since the opening series against Colgate (Oct. 13). His goal was the game-winner, his first game-winning goal this year and fourth of his career.
- Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay allowed just one goal Saturday night, making 23 saves. McKay has let in one goal or fewer in nine of his 10 starts this year. He leads the country with a 0.98 GAA and .963 save percentage.
- Freshman defenseman Matthew Caito tallied an assist on Mullin's first period goal. The freshman assisted on three of Miami's five goals against Bowling Green this weekend and is now riding a career-long three-game point streak. He has six points in the RedHawks' last five games. Caito's 10 assists this season puts him third on the team, trailing fellow freshman Riley Barber and sophomore Austin Czarnik. Caito's 13 points are fourth on the team and tops among Miami's blueliners.
- Senior defenseman Steven Spinell tallied two assists Saturday against Bowling Green, marking his first multi-point game of the season and just the fourth of his career. The two assists tie his career high as all four multi-point games were also multi-assists games. Prior to Saturday, Spinell had not recorded a point since Dec. 7 with an assist against Lake Superior State.
- Like Spinell, freshman forward Sean Kuraly dished out assists on Miami's final two goals. The two assists marked a career high as he entered Saturday with just three all season. It was also his first career multi-point effort.
- With Saturday's win, Miami is now unbeaten in its last 16 games against BGSU, going 15-0-1 dating back to Jan. 4, 2008. The RedHawks have won 20 of the last 22 meetings between the teams and are also 15-0-1 vs. BGSU in the last 16 matchups in Oxford.
- Miami finishes up its home stand next weekend when the Alaska Nanooks make the lengthy journey to Oxford. Puck drops at Steve Cady Arena Friday night at 7:35 p.m. and the series wraps up Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.