Miami Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Alaska
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
- The RedHawks scored a season-high six goals Saturday night, besting their previous high of five goals, which they had scored three times. With the 6-2 win, Miami has now won five consecutive games, its longest winning streak of the season. The last time the RedHawks had a winning streak this long was Feb. 10-March 10 of last year when Miami won eight straight. The RedHawks improved their record to 17-6-5 and 12-4-4-4 in CCHA play as Miami moved into first place in the league, one point ahead of Western Michigan.
- Miami completed a weekend sweep of the Nanooks with Saturday's win after a 4-1 win Friday. The RedHawks also swept Alaska in Fairbanks earlier this year, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, and have won eight straight against the Nanooks dating back to March 11, 2011. The 'Hawks have also won 11 of the last 13 meetings with Alaska. Miami now has three CCHA sweeps this year, also sweeping Bowling Green last weekend, and four on the year, including a season-opening sweep of Colgate.
- Miami limited Alaska to just two goals Saturday, marking the first time in six games the RedHawks have allowed more than one goal in a game. Miami has still kept opponents to two goals or less in 20 of its last 21 games. The RedHawks rank first nationally, giving up just 1.54 goals per game.
- Freshman forward Riley Barber scored the first two goals for Miami, both coming in the first period. It was Barber's first career multi-goal game and his eighth career multi-point game.
- Fellow freshman forward Kevin Morris also recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals, while also adding an assist. The three points marked a career high as Saturday was also his first multi-point game as a RedHawk. Morris had only recorded five points total this season before Saturday, including just three goals and none since Dec. 7. His first goal was the game-winner, his second career game-winning goal.
- Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay, who leads the country with a 1.08 GAA and .960 save percentage, stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced on the night, just the second time in 11 starts that he has allowed more than one goal in a game. Both of the goals he allowed came on the power play, the first time since Jan. 11 against Northern Michigan that the RedHawks have allowed a power play goal, snapping a streak of 26 straight penalty kills. Prior to Saturday, the last time Miami allowed multiple power play goals in a game was Dec. 7 against Lake Superior State while it was just the third time this year it has happened.
- Barber's two goals gave Miami its third straight game with two goals in the first period. Prior to this streak, the RedHawks had scored just two first period goals in 12 games from Dec. 1-Jan. 25. Scoring first has been a key to Miami's success as the team now holds a 14-2-1 record when scoring first this season.
- Senior forward Marc Hagel totaled a career-high three assists Saturday, giving him his second consecutive multi-assist game. He had no multi-assist games for Miami prior to this weekend and now has three multi-point games as a RedHawk. For the weekend, Hagel had five assists and was a plus-six on the ice. He entered the weekend with five points total, including three assists.
- Senior defenseman Joe Hartman was a positive force on the ice Saturday, ending up with a plus-five rating, the highest for any Miami player this season and matching Hagel's plus-six for the weekend. Fellow senior defenseman Garrett Kennedy snapped a 13-game pointless draught, assisting on the final goal of the game for his second assist of the year.
- Sophomore forward Cody Murphy's hot streak continued as his third-period goal was his fourth in as many games after also scoring one goal last night. Murphy totaled four goals in his first 24 games and has matched that in the last two weekends, giving him eight on the year.
- Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik assisted on the first two goals of the game, giving him his seventh multi-assist game of the season and the 13th such game of his career. He now has nine multi-point games this year, including two straight after two goals in Friday's win. Czarnik leads the CCHA with 30 points on the year and is tied with Barber for the team lead in goals with 11.
- Junior forward Max Cook scored Miami's fourth goal, which was his first goal of the year and first since Nov. 5, 2011, ironically enough, against Alaska in Fairbanks. He now has three career goals, one in each season.
- By scoring six goals, Miami improved to 13-0-1 when scoring three or more goals this season.
- The RedHawks are now 10-1-3 when playing at home this year, outscoring foes a combined 42-19 when playing at Steve Cady Arena.