Miami Hockey Postgame Notes
Miami vs. Michigan State
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - CCHA Quarterfinals
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
- Miami defeated Michigan State, 4-1, Saturday night in Game 2 of the CCHA Quarterfinals, evening the best-of-three series at 1-1 and forcing a decisive Game 3 on Sunday. After falling Friday to MSU, Miami improved its record after a loss this year to 7-1-2. The RedHawks are now 6-0-1 on Saturday this season following a series-opening loss on Friday and 5-1-1 after getting shut out the night before.
- The RedHawks improved to 34-37 all-time in the CCHA Tournament, including 3-10 against Michigan State, with all three wins coming in the last two years (both in the quarterfinal round). Miami is also now 24-12 at home in the CCHA Playoffs and improved to 10-5 as a No. 1 seed in the CCHA Tournament. The RedHawks have advanced to the semifinals each year they have been a No. 1 seed previously.
- Miami is now 14-2-2 on Saturday night this season, including 7-1-1 at home. The RedHawks are 13-3-3 at Steve Cady Arena after Saturday's win and have won their next home game following a home loss all three times this season, doing so again Saturday night.
- For the first time all year Miami allowed a goal in the first minute of a game when the Spartans found the net 28 seconds into Saturday night's matchup on the power play. The RedHawks bounced back after the early deficit and improved their record when their opponent scores first to 4-8-4. It was just the 16th time in 38 games, Miami's opponent has scored first this year.
- Freshman goaltender Ryan McKay started for the fourth consecutive game Saturday night, marking his longest stretch of the year. The freshman goaltender has also gotten the nod between the pipes for seven of Miami's last eight contests. McKay made 16 saves Saturday night, allowing just one goal past him, improving his season record to 11-5-2. He has now held the opposition to a goal or less in 13 of his 19 starts this year while he continues to lead the country with both a 1.21 GAA and .955 save percentage.
- Sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin got things started for the RedHawks, netting the first Miami goal of the series at the 10:38 mark of the first period. The goal was Mullin's first since he scored against Lake Superior State (Feb. 22) and his sixth tally of the season.
- Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik netted his fourth short-handed goal of the year in the first period, making him the sole leader in short-handed goals among all NCAA hockey players. The shorty was Czarnik's first since Nov. 9 when he tallied one against Northern Michigan. His four short-handed goals ties for second in Miami single-season history while his six career short-handers ties for third in school history with Brian Savage (1990-93) and Justin Mercier (2005-09). Czarnik tallied another goal during the third period, bringing his season total to 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points. He now has a team-best four multi-goal games this year and five for his career while the two goals tie a career high and mark his first goals since scoring twice Feb. 1 vs. Alaska (both empty-netters). It was his first non-empty-netter since Jan. 19 at Wisconsin.
- Freshman forward Riley Barber added assists on both of Czarnik's goals, bringing his season point total to 38 while he now has a team-high 23 assists on the year. Barber's 38 points lead all CCHA players and all freshmen in NCAA Division I hockey. Saturday marked his fourth multi-assist game and team-leading 12th multi-point contest of the year.
- Sophomore forward Cody Murphy scored Miami's third goal of the night midway through the second period. Murphy now has 10 goals, six assists and 16 points on the season, a drastic improvement from his freshman stat line of two goals, three assists and five point, though he missed half the season with an injury. His 10 goals are third on the team. He also added an assist Saturday for his fourth multi-point game of the year and fifth of his career.
- Freshman defenseman Matthew Caito dished out primary assists on Miami's first and third goals of the night. The two helpers tied his career high and marked just his second multi-assist game, also doing so Jan. 25 vs. Bowling Green. It was his fifth career multi-point game.
- The sophomore class led the Miami offense Saturday night, with all four goals coming from second year RedHawks: Mullin, Czarnik (2) and Murphy. Miami's sophomore class has now accounted for 42 of the team's 95 goals on the year, which is 44.2 percent. They sophomores totaled five points Saturday as they have compiled 95 of Miami's 256 points this season (37.1 percent).
- Miami's defense allowed just one goal Saturday, marking the 27th time in the last 31 games the RedHawks have held the opposition to two goals or less. It was the 19th time in 38 games Miami gave up one goal or less. The RedHawks rank second nationally and first in the CCHA, giving up just 1.63 goals per game.
- The RedHawks improved their record when scoring three or more goals this year to 18-0-1 and continued their perfect record when leading after two periods, which stands now at 21-0-0, as Miami led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
- Miami put 37 shots on goal Saturday compared to just 17 for MSU. The RedHawks have now outshot the Spartans, 71-41, so far in the series, outshooting MSU both nights.
- Head Coach Enrico Blasi shuffled up the lineup for the first time in over a month Saturday night, scratching sophomore forward Blake Coleman, who missed his first game all season, while inserting junior forward Bryon Paulazzo for the first time since Jan. 26. With goals from Mullin and Murphy, Miami's fourth offensive line collected two of the RedHawks' four goals Saturday night, despite missing Coleman, who has played on the fourth line for much of the year.
- Miami, which is 2-1-1 against MSU this year, meets Michigan State again at 7:05 p.m. Sunday night in Game 3 of the CCHA Quarterfinals at Steve Cady Arena. The winner of that game advances to the semifinal round of the CCHA Tournament, held next Saturday, March 23 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
- Should the RedHawks advance to the semifinals, they would face seventh-seeded Michigan, who swept No. 3 seed Western Michigan in their quarterfinal series. In the other CCHA Quarterfinal series', No. 4 seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Ferris State are tied 1-1 while No. 2 seed Notre Dame swept No. 9 seed Bowling Green.