Miami Hockey Postgame
Miami vs. Michigan State
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
- Senior forward Curtis McKenzie netted a goal at the 12:02 mark of the first period. McKenzie's goal was his third of the season and represented his sixth point of the season. Freshman forward Riley Barber and sophomore forward Austin Czarnik were credited with the assists on the goal. Miami's first line of McKenzie, Czarnik and Barber now account for 14 of Miami's 34 goals (41.2%) and 35 of the RedHawks' 85 points (41.2%).
- Freshman goaltender Jay Williams recorded his first career shutout in Saturday night's 2-0 victory over Michigan State. The RedHawks allowed a season-low 13 shots on goal, seven less than the 20 allowed to Northern Michigan Nov. 9, all 13 of which were batted away by Williams. The shutout was the second of the season for Miami, with fellow freshman goaltender Ryan McKay recording the other one against Colgate in the season opener Oct. 12.
- Sophomore forward Alex Wideman continued his hot streak when he netted the RedHawks second goal during the third period. Wideman has scored a goal in the past three games, a career-long goal-scoring streak, and has four goals in just six games this season (missing six to illness). In addition to his regulation goals, Wideman netted the shootout winners against both Northern Michigan (Nov. 11) and Michigan State (Nov. 16).
- Freshman defenseman Taylor Richart tallied his first collegiate point with his assist on Wideman's third-period goal.
- With his assist on McKenzie's first-period goal, Riley Barber tallied his 10th assist and 15th point of the season, both of which are team highs. Barber leads all NCAA freshmen and all CCHA players with his 15 points and he now has a point in nine of 12 games this year.
- With the victory over Michigan State, Miami improved to 5-0-1 in Saturday contests this season. The RedHawks are also now 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings with the Spartans.
- The victory was Miami's first this year when scoring less than three goals. The RedHawks are 6-0-0 when scoring at least three and improved to 1-2-2 when scoring less than three.
- Miami continued its strong play at home this year, improving to 5-0-3 at Steve Cady Arena, compared to 2-2-0 away from Oxford. Miami has outscored its competition at home, 24-11, compared to being outscored, 12-10, on the road.
- Miami does not play next weekend, but returns to the ice Friday, Nov. 30 with the start of a two-game series on the road against Alaska. The RedHawks return to Steve Cady Arena for the last time in the 2012 calendar year when they take on Lake Superior State Dec. 7-8.