Miami (Ohio) And Bemidji State Meet In Both Teams' First-Ever Frozen Four
April 9, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio - The RedHawks play in Miami's first ever NCAA national semifinal on Thursday April 9 against Bemidji State at 5 p.m. in the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Gary Thorne, Barry Melrose and Clay Matvik on the call. Radio commentary is also available on WMOH 1450 presented by the Butler Country Visitors Bureau and streamed online at www.MURedHawks.com with action being called by Greg Waddell.
THE REDHAWK RUNDOWN Since 2005-06, Miami's ice hockey team has the best winning percentage among all 58 Division I teams. Over the last four seasons, the RedHawks have compiled a record of 105-43-14 (.691).
No Miami University athletic team has ever won an NCAA Championship. In fact, no Miami team has ever participated in a national semifinal contest.
Miami has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances and participated in the NCAA tournament in five of the last six.
Miami is 4-4 in NCAA Tournament play under Coach Enrico Blasi.
Miami is playing in its seventh NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks are 4-6 overall. Former Miami head coach Steve Cady is the chairperson of the 2009 NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament Committee.
Miami played at Bemidji State twice during the 2000-01 season, winning twice by identical scores of 4-2 on Nov. 10 and Nov.11, 2000. It was only the second season for Bemidji in Division I.
Bemidji State and Miami are only the second and third No. 4 seeds to make the Frozen Four. Top seeds Notre Dame, Michigan and Denver were eliminated in the first round.
Population comparison between Oxford, Ohio, and Bemidji, Minn. At the 2000 census, Oxford's population--which included approximately 15,000 Miami University students--was 21,943. Bemidji's population is 13,419.
Miami University is one of the two southern-most Division I college hockey programs (only Alabama-Huntsville is further south), while Bemidji State is one of the northern-most campuses which sponsors Division I hockey.
Of the three other teams in the Frozen Four, Miami played only Vermont during the 2008-09 campaign. On October 17, the Catamounts defeated the RedHawks by a score of 4-3. The next night in Burlington, Miami and Vermont played to a 3-3 tie at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Miami has played 2009 Frozen Four participant Boston University twice during its history. The Terriers beat the RedHawks, 4-3, on Dec. 28, 1992. Miami defeated BU by a score of 5-1 on Oct. 8, 2004.
COACH OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE Enrico Blasi was named one of nine finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award which is awarded annually to the top coach in NCAA Division I hockey. Blasi won the award in 2006 after the RedHawks won 26 games en route to the second regular-season CCHA title in school history. This season might be Blasi's best yet. The RedHawks lost three All-Americans from last season's roster (Ryan Jones, Nathan Davis and Alec Martinez) and the nation's leader in goal-against average (Jeff Zatkoff). Even with those losses, Miami still finished tied for second in the CCHA and was ranked among the Top 10 during every week of the regular season.
JUST"IN" TIME Justin Mercier (Erie, Pa.) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional after posting three goals in the tournament, including the game winner against Minnesota-Duluth. Over the last six games Mercier has caught fire, finding the net six times. This hot streak comes on the heels of a six-game streak in which Mercier was held pointless. The streak was the longest of his career. With his four goals in the NCAA West Regional, Mercier tied former All-American Ryan Jones as Miami's all-time leading scorer in NCAA Tournament games.
REICHARD IN MIAMI NCAA HISTORY Cody Reichard (Celina, Ohio) has been in net during Miami's entire NCAA playoff run this season. After being pulled against Michigan State, Reichard has been on fire as he has only allowed 10 goals, making 125 saves and earning a 1.68-goal against average since returning to the net on Feb. 13 against Lake Superior State.
MIAMI All-TIME LEADERS IN SAVES IN AN NCAA TOURNAMENT Jeff Zatkoff - 72 saves `06-07 Jeff Zatkoff - 61 saves `07-08 Cody Reichard - 41 saves `08-09 Brian Crawford-West - 30 saves `03-04 Charlie Effinger - 26 saves `05-06
MIAMI IN RED During the RedHawks' NCAA playoff run they have worn their red jerseys in both of their last two games. For the first time in this NCAA Tournament, Miami will wear white against Bemidji State. Miami holds a 12-3-3 record the season while in red. Justin Mercier (Erie, Pa.) has led the way in red as eight of his 14 goals this season have come in the RedHawks' road uniforms. Cody Reichard (Celina, Ohio) is 6-2-2 in red with a 2.09 goals-against average but holds a 3-5-0 record in white. Miami has not lost in its red jerseys since Jan. 11 against Michigan.
SUPER SENIORS Over the past nine games, the senior class for Miami has stepped up its performance. Six the seven seniors have recorded a point during this span, with seniors accounting for 10 of Miami's last 23 goals. Justin Mercier (Erie, Pa.) has led the way during that span scoring six goals, including two multi-goal games. Brian Kaufman (Shoreview, Minn.) has a multi-goal game of his own and has found the net three times. Bill Loupee (Bloomfield, Mich.) has two points in the last nine games, including the game-winning goal against Denver in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal game.
MIAMI VS. THE FROZEN FOUR FIELD Miami is 4-8-1 all-time versus the Frozen Four field, owning a 2-0 record vs. Bemidji State, a 1-1 mark vs. Boston University and a 2-7-1 record against Vermont.
Vermont is the team the RedHawks have faced the most in their all-time history and also is the most recent team Miami has face. The teams met earlier this season at Vermont, with the Catamounts posting a 4-3 win in the opening game and the teams tying 3-3 in the second game.
Although Miami has faced the 2009 Frozen Four teams a collective 13 times, this would be the first postseason matchup for the RedHawks with any of the teams.
COMMON DENOMENATOR This season, Miami and Boston University have played six common opponents: Michigan State (MU 3-1; BU 1-0), Michigan (MU 2-2; BU 1-0), Vermont (MU 0-1-1; BU 1-2), Rensselaer (MU 2-0; BU 1-0), Denver (MU 1-0; BU 1-0) and Ohio State (MU 2-1-1; BU 1-0). The RedHawks are 10-5-2 against common foes, while the Terriers are 6-2.
Miami and Bemidji State have faced two of the same foes: Minnesota Duluth (MU 1-0; BSU 0-2) and Notre Dame (MU 2-0; BSU 1-0). The RedHawks are a combined 3-0 versus common opponents, while the Beavers are 1-2.
Although they faced each other, Miami and Vermont have not faced any of the same teams this season.
Miami vs. Bemidji State (2-0) 11/10/00 A W, 4-2 11/11/00 A W, 4-2
Miami vs. Boston University (1-1) 11/28/92 N L, 3-4 10/08/04 N W, 5-1
Miami vs. Vermont (2-7-1) 11/26/94 A L, 2-5 11/03/95 H L, 4-7 11/04/95 H L, 3-4 11/01/96 A L, 3-5 12/29/00 N L, 1-4 10/07/06 H L, 1-4 10/12/07 H W, 2-1 10/13/07 H W, 4-1 10/17/08 A L, 4-3 10/18/08 A T, 3-3
MIAMI'S ALL-TIME RECORD IN NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES - Won 4, Lost 6 March 26, 1993 ... Wisconsin 3, Miami 1 ... Detroit, Mich. March 22, 1997 ... Cornell 4, Miami 2 ... Grand Rapids, Mich. March 26, 2004 ... Denver 3, Miami 2 ... Colorado Springs, Colo. March 24, 2006 ... Boston College 5, Miami 0 ... Worcester, Mass. March 24, 2007 ... Miami 2, New Hampshire 1 ... Manchester, N.H. March 25, 2007 ... Boston College 4, Miami 0 ... Manchester, N.H. March 29, 2008 ... Miami 3, Air Force 2 (OT) ... Worcester, Mass. March 30, 2008 ... Boston College 4, Miami 3 (OT) ... Worcester, Mass. March 27, 2009 ... Miami 4, Denver 2 ... Minneapolis, Minn. March 28, 2009 ... Miami 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1 ... Minneapolis, Minn. April 9, 2009 ... Miami vs. Bemidji State ... Frozen Four, Washington. DC
MIAMI UNIVERSITY and OXFORD, OHIO Miami University, the nation's 10th-oldest public university, is celebrating its Bicentennial in 2009. It was founded in 1809. Go to: http://www.muohio.edu/bicentennial/
Notables who have called Oxford their home: *Walter Alston, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers *Weeb Ewbank, NFL Coach (head coach of NFL champion 1958 Baltimore Colts and the 1968 New York Jets) *President Benjamin Harrison, 15th president of the United States *Caroline Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison *William Holmes McGuffey, educator (founder of the McGuffey reader, one of the nation's first and most widely used series of textbooks. It is estimated that at least 122 million copies of McGuffey Readers were sold between 1836 and 1960, placing its sales in a category with the Bible and Webster's Dictionary) *Ben Roethlisberger, NFL quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers *Wally Szczerbiak, NBA basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers *Ron Harper, former NBA basketball player for the Chicago Bulls *Donna Shalala, former U.S. Health Secretary *Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator, State of Washington *David Baerwald, award-winning composer, songwriter (Golden Globe-nominated song from the 2001 motion picture "Moulin Rouge" called "Come What May")
Fraternity Headquarters: Oxford is home to the national offices of five Greek-letter organizations, including the home office of the international business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, social sorority Delta Zeta and general fraternities, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Delta Theta, and Beta Theta Pi. All but Delta Sigma Pi were founded at Miami University.
Prominent individuals with Miami University ties who will be in attendance at the 2009 Frozen Four include: *Miami University President David Hodge *Miami Athletic Director Brad Bates *2009 NCAA Selection Committee Chair and Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve Cady *Head football Coach Mike Haywood
ANGLES BETWEEN MIAMI and WASHINGTON, DC Inside Washington is one of the premier out-of-Ohio study programs from Miami University. The Inside Washington program gives students the opportunity to meet the movers and shakers of Washington D.C. and intern in a world-class environment only the nation's capital can provide. The program focuses on topics in Political Science, Communications, and Journalism; however, it is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any major or academic division. Inside Washington: Summer is an eight-credit, nine-week, 400-level course cross-listed between Political Science, Communications, and Journalism (COM 426/JRN 426/POL 426). It counts toward elective hours within a media- or political science-related major. This one course covers all aspects of the summer program, including guest speakers, response papers, and the six-week internship. (Some of the interesting experiences for Miami students include having the chance to meet in an intimate setting with people such as Justice Samuel Alito, Senator Bob Dole, ABC reporter Sam Donaldson, the Secretary of Commerce, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers, Senator Maria Cantwell and countless other noteworthy figures from politics, government, and media. Second, the small size of our program along with our extensive Washington contacts enables students to visit venues such as the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, NBC's "Meet the Press," USA Today, and the West Wing of the White House.)
The Miami University Alumni Association, founded in 1832, is the fourth oldest in the nation. Here are current or recent alums as U.S. reps/senators: Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Miami Class of 1992, Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Miami Class of 1988, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, Miami Class of 1980, Former Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio, Miami Class of 1969 Former Rep. Michael Oxley of Ohio, Miami Class of 1966
Benjamin Harrison, a graduate of the class of 1852, was elected president of the United States in 1888. President William Henry Harrison, Benjamin's grandfather, was America's ninth president.
During the Civil War, Miami could claim 13 generals, including three from the Confederacy. In addition, five governors of the then 33 states were Miamians.
Marvin "Monk" Pierce (Miami '16), a Miami football, basketball and baseball star, was the father of former first lady Barbara Bush, the father-in-law of former President George H.W. Bush, and the grandfather of former President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush.