Miami Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. St. Cloud State
NCAA Midwest Regional Finals
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Toledo, Ohio – Huntington Center
- Miami made its fifth appearance in an NCAA regional final in program history Sunday and fell to 2-3 in such games. Miami is also now 8-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 1-3 as a No. 2 seed. The RedHawks were making their eight straight NCAA appearance, the second longest active streak in the country behind North Dakota (11).
- Sophomore forward Blake Coleman scored Miami’s only goal of the game on the power play in the second period. It was his first career NCAA Tournament goal and his third point of the weekend as he dished out two assists in Saturday’s win. It was his ninth goal of the season. He was named to the NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team along with senior defenseman and captain Steven Spinell
- The RedHawks did not find the back of the net in the first period for the third straight game and 20th time this season in 42 games. Miami finishes 7-11-2 when failing to score in the opening 20 minutes on the year.
- St. Cloud State scored the first goal of the game in the first period. With the loss, Miami fell to 4-10-4 when the opponent scores first. Miami also trailed 1-0 at the end of the opening period and went 3-5-3 when behind after 20 minutes this season.
- Miami killed all four St. Cloud State power plays Sunday, after also killing all four in Saturday’s win over Minnesota State. The RedHawks finished 8-for-8 on the penalty kill at the regional after entering the tournament allowing a power play goal in three straight games.
- Miami will face St. Cloud State regularly beginning next season as both teams will play in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which debuts in 2013-14. The RedHawks are now 8-3-2 all-time against the Huskies but have lost two straight, including Sunday.
- Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay finishes the season with a 1.39 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage, both of which ranked second nationally. Both marks are single-season school records, besting Connor Knapp’s 1.69 GAA from last year while Knapp and Jeff Zatkoff both posted a .933 save percentage in 2011-12 and 2007-08, respectively.
- Seniors Joe Hartman, Garrett Kennedy, Steve Mason, Curtis McKenzie and Steven Spinell close their careers with 101 victories at Miami, ranking fourth all-time among senior classes. Redshirt senior Marc Hagel also played a huge role with the RedHawks in his lone season donning the Red and White, helping Miami win the final CCHA regular-season championship. The senior class finished with a pair of CCHA regular-season titles, a Mason Cup, a Frozen Four berth and a NCAA Tournament appearance all four years.
- Miami finishes the season 25-12-5, its eighth straight 20-win season, which is the third-longest active streak in the country. The 25 wins are the most by the RedHawks since 2009-10 when that squad compiled 29 victories.