RedHawks Sweep CCHA November Honors
Dec. 1, 2011
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - After the Miami University hockey team went undefeated in the month of November, the RedHawks earned all three individual monthly accolades for November from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the league office announced Thursday. Junior forward Reilly Smith was named CCHA RBC Player of the Month, senior goalie Cody Reichard was tabbed CCHA Gongshow Goaltender of the Month and freshman forward Austin Czarnik snagged CCHA Gongshow Rookie of the Month. The honors are the first career CCHA monthly awards for all three players.
Smith (Mimico, Ont.) spurred Miami to a 6-0-2 month in November, playing in all eight games. He led the CCHA with seven goals in the month, while his 0.88 goals per game was also first in the league and tied for 10th nationally during November. His nine points in the month tied for second in the league behind Czarnik, as Smith also handed out two assists. He averaged 1.12 points per game in November while scoring two game-winning goals and posting a +4 rating. Smith did not commit a penalty the entire month, as well. On the year, Smith is now second in the CCHA with 11 goals and is tied for the team lead with 14 points.
Smith had a point in five of his eight games in November, including three multi-point games and two multi-goal contests. On Nov. 12 against No. 4/5 Michigan, he had a hand in all three goals in a 3-3 tie, scoring twice while handing out an assist. The left-winger had another multi-point game Nov. 19 against Bowling Green with a goal and an assist. In the Denver Cup Classic, he scored a goal Nov. 25 vs. Providence and added two more goals Nov. 26 against host and No. 9/10 Denver in the championship game, including the game-winner, to lead Miami to the tournament title. He was named Tournament MVP and landed on the All-Tournament Team while also earning CCHA Player of the Week honors this past Monday.
Reichard (Celina, Ohio) started and played in seven of eight games for Miami during November, including the first six games of the month, as he became the first Miami goalie to start six straight games since Jeff Zatkoff in 2007-08, while posting a 5-0-2 record in November. He had a 1.68 goals-against average for November, which ranks fourth in the CCHA and 12th nationally over that time, while dropping his GAA from 3.31 in October to 2.23 for the season. He also had a .932 save percentage in November, which ranks fourth in the CCHA. With 165 saves in the month, his save percentage jumped from .870 in October to .909 on the year while he now ranks ninth on Miami's all-time saves list with 1,739.
In his first three games of November, Reichard allowed just one goal in each game, including a win Nov. 11 over No. 4/5 Michigan. After a 3-3 tie with Michigan Nov. 12, he stopped all four Wolverine shooters in the shootout to help Miami earn the extra point. In his next game, Nov. 18, he picked up his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 blanking of Bowling Green. The whitewash gave him 11 for his career, which is second in Miami history and one shy of tying the school record. On Nov. 26 in the Denver Cup Classic title game, he held No. 9/10 Denver to two goals, making a season-best 32 saves in the game, just one shy of his career high, while also saving a penalty shot in the third period, which would have tied the game at 3-3. He was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team for his efforts while the win gave him 50 for his career, as he is just the third goalie in school history to reach the 50-win mark.
Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) played in seven of the eight games in November and led all CCHA players with 10 points in the month, which is second nationally among freshmen, while his 1.43 points per game in November also led all CCHA players and was second nationally among newcomers. No other freshman in the CCHA had more than six points in the month. His seven assists in November were also tops among all CCHA players while he scored three goals as well. The center finished with a +5 rating for the month, blocked six shots and is now tied with Smith for the team lead with 14 points while he has a team-best nine helpers.
Czarnik, who was twice named CCHA Rookie of the Week during November, had a point in five of his seven November games, including four multi-point games. He finished the month with three straight two-point games with the three-game point streak a career long. He tallied a career-high three points on a goal and two assists Nov. 12 in a 3-3 tie with No. 4/5 Michigan and also handed out two assists Nov. 25 in a win over Providence for his second multi-assist contest of the month and of his career. In the Denver Cup Classic title game Nov. 26 against No. 9/10 Denver, he scored the go-ahead goal unassisted and also assisted on the game-tying goal earlier in the game. He was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
The trio of honorees leads Miami back into action this weekend as the RedHawks battle Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.