No. 7 Miami Opens CCHA Tournament Play Hosting Alaska
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March 10, 2011

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THE GAME
Riding a season-long nine-game unbeaten streak, third-seeded Miami (19-9-6, 16-7-5-2 CCHA) opens CCHA Tournament play March 11-13 by hosting seventh-seeded Alaska (16-15-5, 10-13-5-3 CCHA) in a best-of-three second-round series. The RedHawks earned a first-round bye last weekend for the sixth straight year after finishing in third place in the CCHA standings. The Nanooks, who were seventh in the CCHA, swept 10th-seeded Michigan State in Fairbanks last weekend, winning both games in overtime, to advance out of the first round. With sixth-seeded Northern Michigan getting upset in the first round, Alaska then jumped into the six spot after the advancing teams were reseeded.

Miami faced the Nanooks earlier this year in a weekend series in Oxford on Nov. 12-13, as the two sides split the contests. The `Hawks blanked Alaska, 4-0, Friday behind a shutout from junior goalie Cody Reichard, while Saturday the Nanooks scored two late third-period goals to steal a 3-2 win. Senior Carter Camper led Miami in the series with four points. UAF and MU will be meeting in the CCHA Tournament for just the second time, as the `Hawks won a first-round series, 2-1, in 1994 in Oxford.

The RedHawks last played Feb. 25-26 at Lake Superior State as Miami swept the Lakers by a combined 12-2 score to wrap up the regular season. The `Hawks also finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak and winners of five of their last six. Senior Andy Miele, who won the CCHA scoring title, and sophomore Reilly Smith each tallied five points in the series with LSSU. Miami ranks in the top five nationally in both offense (3.71 gpg) and defense (2.24 gpg) while Alaska is eighth nationally in defense (2.31 gpg), led by goalie Scott Greenham, who has played every second in net for UAF and has a 2.13 GAA, which is 11th nationally. The Nanooks score just 2.42 gpg however.

THE COACHES
Enrico Blasi (Miami '94) is in his 12th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year, including a season ago, and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 258-168-46 in 12 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to six NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Frozen Four berths, and a pair of CCHA regular-season titles. Blasi, the winningest coach in school history, is 15-8-5 against Alaska but just 14-19 in the CCHA Tournament.

Dallas Ferguson (Alaska `96) is in his third season at the helm of the Nanooks where he has compiled a record of 51-43-20. He was named CCHA Coach of the Year in his first season in charge of UAF and led his alma mater to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history last year. Prior to taking over the reins at Alaska, he was an assistant at UAF for four years.

THE SERIES
The RedHawks are 33-14-5 all-time against Alaska, including 18-7-2 in Oxford. The teams have split each of the last four regular-season series in Oxford, including this season. Miami has faced the Nanooks just once previously in the CCHA Playoffs however, besting Alaska in a best-of-three first-round series 2-1 in Oxford March 11-13, 1994.

QUICK HITS
• Miami enters the CCHA Playoffs on a season-long nine-game unbeaten streak, going 6-0-3 during that stretch (Jan. 22-Feb. 26). The `Hawks have won three straight games for just the second time this year and have come away victorious in five of their last six contests.
• Miami placed three players on the All-CCHA First Team for the first time in school history, as senior forwards Carter Camper and Andy Miele and sophomore forward Reilly Smith all earned the honor. Junior defenseman Chris Wideman earned Second-Team honors, giving the `Hawks four All-CCHA selections for the second straight year and the third time ever.
• Miami is 26-35 all-time in the CCHA Tournament and 19-11 at home. The RedHawks haven't made it to Detroit for the CCHA Championship in an odd-numbered year since 1997.
• This year marks just the third time Miami has been the No. 3 seed in the CCHA Playoffs, also earning it in 2007 and 2009. The RedHawks have not had success as a three seed however, going just 1-4 all-time in the CCHA Playoffs, while losing in the second round both times. Each of those seasons Miami did go on to win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament, however.
• Senior forward Andy Miele, who won the CCHA scoring title with 56 points, the most in league play since 1991-92, enters the postseason on a career-long 13-game point streak. He has 28 points during the streak, dating back to Jan. 8, and five five-point weekends in his last six.

UP NEXT
Should Miami advance out of the second round, the RedHawks would head to Detroit for the CCHA Championship, with the semifinals March 18 and the championship game March 19.

MEDIA COVERAGE
All three of Miami's games against Alaska this weekend will be televised on ONN with Dave Allen handling play-by-play and Neil Sika adding commentary. The games will also be on radio on WKBV-AM (1490) each night with Greg Waddell calling the action and are also available online through Miami's All-Access Subscription Package.

TOURNEY TIDBITS: Miami opens CCHA Tournament action this weekend, looking to win its first ever Mason Cup, after earning a first-round bye. The RedHawks are the third seed, earning that position for just the third time (2007 and 2009). However, Miami has not had success as a three seed however, going just 1-4 all-time in the CCHA Playoffs, while losing in the second round both times. Each of those seasons Miami did go on to win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament, however.

The `Hawks are 26-35 all-time in the CCHA Tournament, including 14-19 under head coach Enrico Blasi. Miami is 19-11 at home in the playoffs, however, including its only previous meeting with Alaska in the postseason -- a 2-1 first-round series victory in 1994. In that series both schools' current head coaches played against each other, as Blasi was a senior forward for Miami and UAF's Dallas Ferguson was a sophomore defenseman for the Nanooks.

ALL-CCHA, ALL THE TIME: The CCHA announced its all-conference teams March 9 and Miami placed a school-record three players on the First Team while adding another on the Second Team and two more garnered Honorable Mention. Senior forwards Carter Camper and Andy Miele, who won the CCHA scoring title, and sophomore forward Reilly Smith were all named First-Team All-CCHA while junior defenseman Chris Wideman was tabbed to the Second Team. It was Smith and Wideman's first All-CCHA selection while Camper was a first-teamer in 2009 and an Honorable Mention recipient a year ago and Miele was Second-Team All-CCHA last year. Senior forward Pat Cannone and junior goalie Cody Reichard were both Honorable Mention All-CCHA.

The three First-Team selections by Miami mark the first time a team has put three players on the First Team since Michigan in 2007 while the `Hawks have never had more than two on the All-CCHA First-Team, doing so just three times previously. Miami also led the league with four honorees between the First and Second Teams this year while no other team had more than two recipients. The RedHawks placed four on the First and Second Teams for the second straight year and third time ever, also doing so in 1992-93.

Looking back at the Preseason All-CCHA Teams, Miami was pretty close in its selections as Miele, Wideman and Reichard were all First-Team picks and Camper was a second-teamer. Smith nor Cannone were on any preseason team.

CONSISTENTLY AT THE TOP: Miami finished up the regular season Feb. 25-26 with a sweep at Lake Superior State, ending the season on a nine-game unbeaten streak, all in league play. The RedHawks finished in third place in the CCHA standings, which earned them a first-round bye in the CCHA Playoffs. Miami has finished in the top three in the CCHA standings each of the last six years, something no other team in the league has done. During that stretch, the `Hawks have won the regular-season title twice, finished runner-up once and have three third-place finishes.

MONTHLY MIELE: Senior forward Andy Miele has been on a tear over the last two months, earning CCHA Player of the Month back-to-back for January and February. Miami's assistant captain totaled 16 points (5g, 11a) in eight games in January while notching 12 points (4g, 8a) in six games in February, as he also garnered Hockey Commissioners' Association National Player of the Month for February. January's award was his first career monthly honor while he was the second RedHawk to win both CCHA and National Player of the Month this year (Carter Camper in October). Miele has also been named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week twice during the past two months, Feb. 7 after a five-point weekend vs. Michigan and Feb. 28 after a five-point weekend at Lake Superior State. He won CCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times on the year, the only player in the league to do so.

Miele, who has been on the ice for 34 of Miami's last 50 goals, is riding a career-long 13-game point streak and has 28 points during the streak, including nine multi-point games. He continues to lead the nation with 61 points (1.79 ppg is also first) and 42 assists with the 42 helpers ranking fifth in a single season at Miami while his 94 career assists rank eighth. The 42 assists are the most by a RedHawk in a single season since 1996-97 (43) while Miele's 61 points this year tie for sixth in a single season at Miami and are also the most since the 1996-97 season (61 points). He now has 149 career points, ranking ninth in Miami history.

Miami single-season assists:
1. John Malloy (1978-79) 52
2. Pete Shipman (1978-79) 45
3. Dan Boyle (1996-97) 43
Bobby Marshall (1992-93) 43
5. Andy Miele (2010-11) 42

Miami career assists:
2. Carter Camper (2007-Pres.) 109
6. Bobby Marshall (1990-94) 102
7. Bill Bok (1978-82) 97
8. Andy Miele (2007-Pres.) 94

Miami single-season points:
4. Bill Bok (1978-79) 66
Craig Fisher (1989-90) 66
6. Andy Miele (2010-11) 61
Randy Robitaille (1996-97) 61
Chris Bergeron (1992-93) 61
Steve Morris (1979-80) 61

Miami career points:
3. Carter Camper (2007-Pres.) 176
4. Kevyn Adams (1992-96) 172
5. Bill Bok (1978-82) 169
6. Vern Sketchley (1978-82) 158
7. Todd Channell (1982-86) 155
8. Kevin Beaton (1979-83) 150
9. Andy Miele (2007-Pres.) 149

Miele also has 13 multi-assist games this year, after just nine his first three years combined, and 19 multi-point games, including eight games of 3 points or more, with a point in 29 of 34 games. He captured the CCHA scoring title with 56 points in league play, the most since 1991-92, while his 40 assists were the most since 1995-96 and more than anyone else had points in CCHA play (Miami's Carter Camper was second with 39). Mieie's 16 goals in league games tied for second while his 19 goals overall tie for 20th nationally. He was named INCH National Player of the Week Oct. 25 after a nine-point weekend against Northern Michigan (Oct. 22-23) when he also garnered his other CCHA weekly honor.

HAPPY CAMPER: With three points against Lake Superior State in the final series of the regular season, senior captain Carter Camper held on to his national lead in career points among active players with 176, as he is tied with St. Cloud State's Garrett Roe, who also has 176. Camper has moved into sole possession of third place on Miami's career points list as well. Below is the rest of the list:
1. Steve Morris (1979-83) 202
2. Rick Kuraly (1979-83) 179
3. Carter Camper (2007-Pres.) 176

Camper has also cracked Miami's career top 10 in assists with 33 on the year. He now has 109 for his career, which ranks second all-time behind Steve Morris (1979-83) with 138. With two goals against LSSU Feb. 25, he now has 67 goals for his career, placing him in Miami's career top 10. Below are the next few people on the list:
5. Bill Bok (1978-82) 72
6. Ken House (1988-92) 70
7. Kevyn Adams (1992-96) 69
8. Carter Camper (2007-Pres.) 67

Camper also is tied for second in career game-winning goals at Miami with 11, including three this year, while the school record is 21 set by Ryan Jones. The captain's 30 power play goals (eight this year) put him in sole possession of third in school history, needing five more to move into a tie for second.

SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS: Miami ranks in the top five nationally in both special teams categories, the only team in the country to do so. The RedHawks are scoring on the power play at a 24.1 percent clip (38/158), which is fourth nationally and first in the CCHA. Miami is killing penalties 88.4 percent of the time (160/181), which is second in the country, trailing only CCHA foe Ferris State (89.2 percent). Miami killed 31 straight opponent power plays from Feb. 4 to Feb. 26, until a Lake Superior power play goal in the third period, and killed a season-high nine Jan. 14 vs. BGSU, while also notching two short-handed goals in the game for the first time since Nov. 20, 2009. In CCHA games only Miami finished first in both categories, converting 24.4 percent (32/131) of its power plays with a penalty kill rate of 90.5 percent (133/147).

SUPER SOPHOMORE: Sophomore forward Reilly Smith picked up his second CCHA Offensive Player of the Week award this season Jan. 17 after a three-goal, four-point showing in a sweep of Bowling Green (Jan. 14-15). Smith, who has 11 goals in his last 12 games, leads the CCHA with 24 goals (tied for sixth nationally) while his 21 goals in league play were five more than anyone else. He also now leads the team with five multi-goal games this season after a pair of goals Feb. 25 at Lake Superior. The Mimico, Ont., native is fifth in the CCHA with 44 points and ninth nationally in points per game (1.33) while he finished third in points in league play only (38) behind Miami's Andy Miele and Carter Camper. His +21 rating is tied for third in the CCHA.

Smith was named to the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team after a four-point tournament (Dec. 29-30) and won his first career CCHA Player of the Week honor after a two-goal, three-assist weekend against Lake Superior State (Oct. 29-30). He was the fourth straight and different RedHawk to win the award this year. He scored in three straight games from Oct. 23-Oct. 30 and had five goals in those games, including his first career hat trick Oct. 23 vs. Northern Michigan. One of his goals was the game-winner while another came short-handed for his first collegiate short-handed tally (he now has two shortys).

CANNONE KEEPS GOING: Senior forward Pat Cannone played in his 161st straight game for Miami Feb. 26 at Lake Superior State, never missing one in his career, as he is tied for second on Miami's career games played list with current Edmonton Oiler Ryan Jones. He would need to play in eight more games this season to equal former RedHawk Jarod Palmer's mark of 169 straight games from 2006-10. For Cannone to tie the record, Miami would need to make deep runs into the CCHA Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

TOUGH TESTS: Miami has been tested throughout 2010-11, having played seven ranked teams, going 9-4-4 in those games. Miami swept then-No. 8/9 Michigan Feb. 4-5, beat then-No. 9 Maine, 4-1, its first ever win over the Black Bears, and split with then-No. 8/10 New Hampshire, then-No. 13/14 Alaska, then-No.19 Western Michigan and then-No. 12 Notre Dame. Miami took a win and a tie from then-No. 10/11 St. Cloud State and then-No. 15 WMU Feb. 11-12 when the teams met again in Oxford while earning two ties with the then-No. 9 Irish the second time around.

THREE OF A KIND: With the CCHA regular season complete, Miami finished with the top three scorers in CCHA play and boasts three of the top five point scorers overall in the CCHA in the First-Team All-CCHA triumvirate of seniors Carter Camper and Andy Miele and sophomore Reilly Smith. In league play only, Miele was first with 56 points, the most since 1991-92, while Camper was second with 39 and Smith third with 38. Miele and Camper were 1-2 in assists as well with 40 and 28, respectively, while Smith was first with 21 goals in CCHA play. Overall, Miele (1.79 ppg) and Camper (1.47 ppg) are first and fourth nationally with 61 and 50 points, respectively, while Smith is fifth in the league with 44 points. Miele (42) and Camper (33) are also first and third nationally in assists while Smith is first in the CCHA and tied for sixth nationally with 24 goals. In the eight games the three played on the same line (Oct. 22-Nov.13, all CCHA games), the trio was a combined +36 with 16 goals, 32 assists and 48 points, including +31 with 28 points in a three-game stretch from Oct. 23-30. The trio has scored 60 of Miami's 126 goals on the year (47.6 percent).

FOUR FOR THE WIN: Four goals seem to be the magic number for Miami, as the RedHawks are now 15-2-1 when scoring four or more goals this year after 8-1 and 4-1 wins at LSSU Feb. 25-26. The `Hawks were 8-0-0 in those games until falling 5-4 to Notre Dame Dec. 3 but won 5-2 the following night. The other loss came in a 7-4 defeat at MSU Jan. 21 while the tie was a 5-5 draw with Notre Dame Jan. 28. However, Miami is just 4-7-5 in games where it scores three goals or less, with two wins coming by a 3-1 margin (1/15 & 2/12) and the other two a 3-0 blanking (11/20 & 2/5). Conversely, Miami is 0-6-1 when allowing four or more goals this year.

KNAPP TIME: Junior goalie Connor Knapp recorded his second shutout of the season Jan. 22 at Michigan State, making 26 stops for his eighth career whitewash. He finished first in the CCHA with a 1.76 GAA in league play only and is second in the league overall and eighth nationally with a 2.10 GAA overall. Knapp pitched his first shutout of the season Nov. 20 at Bowling Green. He allowed five goals in his first game of the year in just 40 minutes but gave up only 11 goals over his next 490 minutes (eight games).

CODY KEEPS CLIMBING: With a pair of wins over Michigan Feb. 4-5, including a shutout, junior goalie Cody Reichard earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week. After a win at Lake Superior Feb. 25, he now has 41 career wins in net, moving him into third on Miami's career list. Below are the next few goalies on the list:
1. David Burleigh 60
2. Jeff Zatkoff 55
3. Cody Reichard 41

Reichard also posted three shutouts on the year (all in league play), tying for the CCHA lead, and has 10 for his career (second in school history), which is two shy of the school record (12 by David Burleigh). His 2.11 GAA is third in the CCHA and ninth nationally.

SUCCESSFUL SENIORS: Miami's 2011 senior class of Carter Camper, Pat Cannone, Vincent LoVerde, Andy Miele and Justin Vaive needs six wins to become the winningest senior class in program history. Currently, the 2011 senior class is third in school history for wins with 104, topping the century mark Feb. 4 vs. Michigan. Miami's 2010 senior class set the record last year with 109 wins over their four-year career. Top classes:
1. 2009-10 109
2. 2008-09 106
3. 2010-11 104

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Miami picked up its play on defense in CCHA play, as the RedHawks led the league with five shutouts (just 22 were recorded in league play all year). Miami finished second in the CCHA giving up 2.07 goals per game in league play while junior goalies Connor Knapp (1.76) and Cody Reichard (2.04) were first and fourth in GAA in conference play only. In its game Nov. 20 at Bowling Green, Miami set a school record by holding BGSU to just nine shots on goal. The previous opponent low was 12 shots by Waterloo in 1981.

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