Miami vs. Lake Superior State Post-Game Notes
Feb. 6, 2010
Miami vs. Lake Superior State
Prior to the game, Miami had a moment of silence to honor student assistant coach Brendan Burke, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident Friday afternoon. The team wore helmet stickers with the initials BB Saturday night to remember Burke and will wear patches the remainder of the season.
Junior forward Andy Miele scored Miami's first goal of the game just 2:02 into the contest, marking the RedHawks' second-fastest goal to start a game this season. Matt Tomassoni scored just 1:52 into the Miami's Oct. 17 game at New Hampshire. The tally was also Miami's third-fastest goal to start any period, as Curtis McKenzie scored 1:36 into the second period of Miami's season opener Oct. 9 vs. St. Cloud State.
Junior forward Andy Miele added a second goal later in the opening period, giving him his third multi-goal game of the year and seventh of his career. He also tied a career high with a pair of assists for a career-best four points Saturday night.
Junior forward Tommy Wingels scored Miami's second goal, extending his point streak to seven straight games. He has at least one point in 14 of his last 15 games. It was his team-leading 14th goal of the year, 13 of which have come in league play. He is also tied for the team lead with 31 points, as fellow junior forward Carter Camper added a goal and an assist Saturday to also give him 31 points. Camper now has a seven-game point streak going, as well.
Miami scored four goals in the opening period, marking a season high for first-period goals and tying the RedHawks' season high for any stanza. The RedHawks also tallied four goals in the second period, as they have now scored four goals in a period eight times this year, but did it twice in the same game for the first time in 2009-10. The RedHawks have now scored 10 first-period goals in the last five games. Miami had just 12 goals in the opening 20 minutes of its first 25 games of the season.
Entering the game, Miami's season high for penalty minutes was 47 Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame. In the first period alone Saturday, the RedHawks accumulated 45 penalty minutes. Miami finished with a season-high 59 penalty minutes (the Miami single-game record is 64) while the two teams combined for 108 penalty minutes, also a season high for the RedHawks. The most minutes Miami and an opponent had combined for this year was 95 Nov. 7 at Michigan.
Sophomore defenseman Will Weber and junior defenseman Vincent LoVerde both registered their first goals of the season in the game, both coming in the second period. It was just the second goal of LoVerde's career, as he also scored last year. LoVerde also tallied an assist to tie his career high for points.
Sophomore goalie Connor Knapp earned the first two assists of his career Saturday night, handing out helpers on Miami's third goal (by Joe Hartman) and sixth goal (by Trent Vogelhuber). Fellow sophomore goalie Cody Reichard also has an assist this year.
Ten different RedHawks recorded multi-point games Saturday. Senior forward Jarod Palmer tied a career high with a game-high three assists. It was his second three-assist game this season and fourth of his career. The three points also tied a career high. Fellow senior forward Brandon Smith tied a career high with two assists, just the second time he has done so in his career. He had just one assist all season entering Saturday's contest. Freshman defender Joe Hartman and sophomore forward Alden Hirschfeld both had a goal and an assist to tie a career high with two points. Freshman defenseman Steven Spinell had a career-best two assists, also giving him a career high in points, while fellow freshman Devin Mantha registered a career-high two points as well, with a goal and an assist.
Miami's 10 goals were by far a season high. Miami's previous high was six goals, which the RedHawks had already matched less than four minutes into the second period. Miami then topped its season high for goals just 6:57 into the second period. The 10 goals were Miami's most since an 11-1 victory over Canisius Nov. 24, 2007 and most in league play since an 11-3 victory over Alaska on Oct. 24, 1997.
The six-goal victory tied for Miami's largest margin of victory this season, as the RedHawks also won 6-0 at Ohio State, Dec. 11.
Miami extended its unbeaten streak in CCHA play to 20 straight games, as Miami is 16-0-4 since a 3-2 overtime loss to Michigan State. The RedHawks are now 17-1-4-2 in league play and need just one more win, a shootout win or a Ferris State loss to clinch their third-ever regular-season CCHA title. They are at least assured of a first-round bye in the CCHA Tournament. Miami also improved to 20-4-6 on the year, marking its fifth straight season with 20 or more wins and the eighth time in 11 years under head coach Enrico Blasi.
Miami was out-shot for the second straight night, as the Lakers fired 42 shots, a season high for a Miami opponent, while the RedHawks had just 32 shots. The previous high for a Miami foe this year was 33, which had happened three times, including Friday night by Lake Superior. It was just the fourth time this season that Miami has been out-shot, but in those games the 'Hawks are 3-0-1.
Miami is now 14-0-3 when scoring first, 10-0-1 when leading after one period, and 17-0-0 when leading after two periods.
With the weekend sweep, the RedHawks have now swept two straight series and have eight weekend sweeps this season, including seven in league play. They are also now riding a season-long five-game winning streak.