No. 1 Miami Honors Burke with 10-4 Win over Lake Superior
Feb. 6, 2010
By Drew Davis
OXFORD, Ohio - No. 1 Miami played with heavy hearts Saturday night as the RedHawks honored four-year student manager Brendan Burke, who tragically passed away Friday, by opening the game with seven unanswered goals and cruising to a 10-4 victory over Lake Superior State at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center.
"On behalf of our staff, administration, and the Burke family, we're just proud of the way our guys came out and played," head coach Enrico Blasi said. "All the boys just really wanted to do this for Brendan. I think it shows the kind of person he was and what he meant to us and it was a difficult 24 hours for everyone."
Miami (20-4-6, 17-1-4-2 CCHA) clinched a first-round bye in the CCHA tournament with Ohio State's shootout loss to Nebraska-Omaha Friday night and is now just two conference points away from a CCHA regular-season championship. Lake Superior State (14-11-5, 9-10-3-2 CCHA) moves into a tie for seventh place in the conference standings.
Nine different RedHawks scored, led by Andy Miele with two goals and two assists.
The RedHawks wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on just their second shot of the game at 2:02 of the opening period. Miele stole the puck near his own blue line and carried it up the right side of the ice with Reilly Smith skating up the other side and just one defender to beat. Miele kept the defender off-balance with a series of fakes to Smith. Just in front of the crease, Miele faked left, forcing Lake Superior goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson to dive forward. At the last second, Miele pulled it back to his right and moved the puck around Mahoney-Wilson and into the net. Jarod Palmer and Vincent LoVerde earned assists.
Miami extended its lead to 2-0 at 8:17 of the first stanza when Tommy Wingels took a pass from Alden Hirschfeld in neutral ice and raced into the attacking zone with a step on the defense. He moved to his right and fired a low wrister that beat Mahoney-Wilson, five-hole. The goal chased Mahoney-Wilson from the net as he was replaced by Pat Inglis.
Joe Hartman and Miele scored the final two goals of the period at 13:14 and 14:06, respectively. Carter Camper and goalie Connor Knapp received credit for assists on Hartman's goal while Palmer and Steven Spinell got the assists on Miele's second tally.
Emotions in the game boiled over at 10:08 of the first period when the teams tangled along the boards in the Lakers' zone. Three players from Lake Superior were sent to the box, while four RedHawks received penalties, including Chris Wideman, who was sent off with a game misconduct.
Another scuffle broke out at 18:40 of the first period that resulted in one RedHawk and two Lakers being whistled for penalties. Lake Superior's Ben Power was sent off for a game misconduct while the other two players involved received 10-minute misconduct penalties. By the end of the first period, Miami had totaled 45 penalty minutes, just two fewer than the previous season-high for penalty minutes in a game, while the Lakers wracked up 33 minutes in the sin bin.
What turned out to be the game-winning goal came at 1:57 of the second period when Miele took a pass from Brandon Smith and skated to the middle of the ice, spun to avoid a defender and dished it to his right to Will Weber, who pulled the trigger on a one-time slap-shot that beat Inglis before he could cover the open side of the net. The goal was Weber's first of the season.
Trent Vogelhuber and Hirschfeld each scored in the second period to push the Miami advantage to 7-0 before Lake Superior got on the board with a 4-on-4 goal. The second period ended 8-1 after LoVerde scored his first goal of the season and second of his career.
Camper and Devin Mantha added the final two goals for the RedHawks in the third period. The 10 goals for Miami are a season-high, and the most by the Red and White since Nov. 24, 2007 when the team scored 11 against Canisius.
Every Laker who dressed saw ice-time as third string goaltender, Mitch Edmondson played just over a period and a half in his first appearance of the year and second of his career.
The RedHawks can clinch the CCHA Championship with just a win or shootout win in their next series at Bowling Green, Feb. 12-13.
Head Coach Enrico Blasi on Brendan Burke "We'll we're a little bit in shock here as the Burke family is. When we didn't see him at the rink Friday night we started to get worried. Obviously we heard the bad news in the second period. The players loved him and he was part of our family. He'll be missed."
"Brendan always had a smile on his face. He just cared about not only his family but the players and everyone around him. Anyone associated with Brendan knew you could count on him. He was just an incredible person. There wasn't a day or even minute that went by that you didn't see his pearly whites."
"He was an unbelievable student--a 4.0 student. He was set to go to law school in the fall. As our student manager, he did a little bit of everything. He would do Twitter for me as a head coach and a lot of video for our director of hockey operations Nick Petraglia. He would work with Nick to do behind the scenes stuff that no one really sees, but he was a hard-working young man with a bright future."
"Not unlike the Burke family, he had an eye for the game. He knew exactly what he was watching. He could pick out things that we as the coaches or as a staff needed to get ready for the next weekend."
-On Burke's decision to publicly announce that he was gay. "He had great support from his family and from our team and his friends. I think that was the main reason for him coming out. He was a fearless young man. It's just devastating that he's gone."
You try to stay focused, but everything going through your head is about Brendan. With the emotions everyone's had, I'm just so proud of all the guys. It's something we're going to go through as a team. -Wingels