Miami Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Michigan State
Friday, March 15, 2013 - CCHA Quarterfinals
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio

  • Miami fell to Michigan State, 3-0, Friday night in Game 1 of its CCHA best-of-three quarterfinal series, snapping the RedHawks' seven-game unbeaten streak against the Spartans (6-0-1) dating back to the 2010-11 season. The 'Hawks season record against MSU falls to 1-1-1 while Miami drops to just 2-10 all-time in CCHA Tournament play against the Spartans.

  • With the 3-0 loss to the Spartans Friday night, Miami was shut out for the seventh time this season while it was the 12th contest involving a shutout that the RedHawks have played in. The seven times being shutout on the season ties the Miami record for shutouts suffered in a season first set by the 2001-02 RedHawks.

  • The loss dropped Miami's all-time CCHA Tournament record to 33-37 and it was the RedHawks' first CCHA quarterfinal loss since March 3, 2010 when they lost to OSU in overtime. Miami had won five straight CCHA quarterfinal games, including sweeping the Spartans in last year's quarterfinals. For the fourth time in program history, Miami entered the CCHA Tournament as the number one seed. The Friday night loss dropped Miami's CCHA Tournament record as a No. 1 seed to 9-5, though the RedHawks have at least advanced to Detroit for the semifinals each of the previous three times it held a No. 1 seed.

  • Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay allowed multiple goals in the first period for the first time all year when he let two first-frame pucks get by Friday night. McKay held MSU scoreless for the rest of his time in the game but Michigan State netted an empty-netter with 56 seconds remaining in the game. It was just the sixth time in 18 starts this year McKay has given up more than one goal in a game. He still leads the country with both a 1.22 GAA and .955 save percentage.

  • Miami tied a season low by committing just one penalty for two penalty minutes Friday. The other season-low penalty occurrence came on the road at Wisconsin (Jan. 18), when the 'Hawks were also whistled for just one two-minute minor.

  • Miami outshot Michigan State, 34-24, Friday. The RedHawks fell to 14-7-4 this year when outshooting the opposition.

  • The RedHawks return to action Saturday night when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena against Michigan State in Game 2 of the series. If Miami wins that game, the two teams will meet again in Oxford at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday night for a decisive Game 3.

--MURedHawks.com--