Feb. 26, 2009

Courtesy of Miami (Ohio)

OXFORD, Ohio -The RedHawks end the regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series with Ohio State. Miami will host the Buckeyes on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. and will travel to Value City Arena for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop on Saturday.

Ohio State comes into the weekend series with the RedHawks needing three points to clinch a first-round bye in the CCHA tournament. The Buckeyes will also need two of those points to come from a win so they can hold the tiebreaker with Alaska. The Scarlet and Gray are led in scoring by John Albert, who has 34 points on the season. Ohio State has a very balanced attack as 14 players have tallied 10 points or more. Zac Daple leads the Buckeyes in goals with 13 and is tied with Albert in the team lead in game-winning goals (3). The Buckeyes have been solid at home with a record of 11-4-2 in Value City Arena.

Miami holds an all-time record of 57-55-11 against the Buckeyes including a win and tie this season. The RedHawks lead the series in Oxford with a record 38-19-4 and hold a mark of 17-32-6 in Columbus. The Red and White are unbeaten in the last nine matchups with the Scarlet and Grey. Miami has not lost to the Buckeyes in Columbus since Jan. 10, 2006 and has not been defeated in Oxford since March 4, 2004.

- Carter Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) continued his streak of never being held points in a CCHA series with his game-tying goal on Feb. 21. The goal is his 19th of the season and his 11th on the power play.

- The RedHawks set a school record on Saturday night, holding Northern Michigan to seven shots on goal.

- Connor Knapp (York, N.Y.) won his first career shootout on Saturday by night stopping two shots. It was the second CCHA shootout Knapp has been in this season and the third for RedHawks of the season. Knapp also came out on the losing end of non-conference shootout against Vermont.

- Camper evened the score at 1-1 just 1:14 into the second period on Saturday night with assists from Pat Cannone (Bayport, N.Y) and Chris Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.). Camper's goal was his 19th of the season, the team high. The helpers were the 20th and 21st, respectively, for Cannone and Wideman, also bests on the team.

- Miami and Ohio State were involved in the CCHA's first-ever regular-season shootout on Oct. 10, 2008 in Columbus. The Buckeyes won the shootout but Miami came back the next night and topped the Buckeyes, 7-3, in Oxford.

- Justin Mercier (Erie, Pa.) is only two points away from becoming the first Miami player in school history with 100 wins and 100 points.

This Friday, as the No. 7/9 Miami hockey team takes on Ohio State in the last home game of the season, fans are encouraged to participate in the "Bicentennial Blackout."  As part of the celebration of Miami's 200th birthday, spectators are asked to don all black attire as the RedHawks battle the No. 15 Buckeyes.

Red Alert and ASG are promoting the event by selling "Bicentennial Blackout" t-shirts, the proceeds of which will go towards building the Bicentennial Student Center.  The t-shirts, which will be sold at the game, are $5 each.  Several on-campus student organizations have donated money for the t-shirts to show their support for the new center, including ASG, Campus Activities Council Spirit board, College Republicans, MUSF, and RedAlert.  Parents' Council and The Blue Line Club also donated money to the cause.

The Bicentennial Student Center will be the first and only building in Miami's history to be designed just for student life.  It will be open 24 hours a day and contain office space for student organizations, lounge areas, group meeting space, study rooms, food services, and recreation areas.  

The RedHawk special teams units are currently rated the best in the CCHA. Miami leads the conference and the nation on the penalty kill with a unit that is successful on 90.9 percent (180/198) of power plays by opposing teams. The RedHawks also have a solid power-play unit that is currently ranked second in the CCHA with an 18.9-percent (38/201) success rate. Miami has two of the top three power-play point-scorers in the CCHA this season in Carter Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) and Pat Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.). Camper is tied for first in the conference with 21 points (11-10-21) with the man advantage and Cannone is tied for second with 20 (5-15-20).  This season, Miami is 11-5-4 when it scores on the power play, 8-5-2 when they are perfect on the penalty kill and 6-2-2 when they do both in the same game.
Miami is currently ranked seventh in the USCHO and CBS College Sports Division I men's hockey poll. The RedHawks have moved up and down in the Top 10 this season but have been ranked within the nation's Top 10 for 44 consecutive weeks. During this run, the RedHawks have been ranked as the nation's No. 1 team for ten weeks. Miami has also been ranked in the Top 10 for 79 of the last 87 weeks and has been ranked No. 1 11 times. This season, Miami has played 10 games against ranked opponents and holds an overall record of 6-3-1, boasting two shutouts (Notre Dame - Oct. 24, Michigan - Nov. 21), both by freshman Cody Reichard (Celina, Ohio)

The RedHawks are off next weekend as the CCHA tournament gets underway. Miami has a bye in the first round and will host the second round of the tournament in Steve Cady Arena.