Preview: Ferris State at Miami

Miami does not remember the final moments of its last meeting with Ferris State fondly. The RedHawks allowed a shorthanded, 3-on-4 overtime goal in their season-opening series finale last year, leaving Big Rapids with a split instead of a sweep against a Bulldogs team that had not won a Division I game the season prior. … Continue reading Preview: Ferris State at Miami

2022-23 Miami preview: Goalies

Miami's 2021-22 goaltending trio finished with a save percentage of .887, sixth-worst in Division I. Logan Persson (photo by Cathy Lachmann/VFTG). But the final 12 games after the St. Cloud massacre, Ludvig Persson – the team's anchor in net who played every minute of that final stretch – stopped pucks at a .919 clip. "That … Continue reading 2022-23 Miami preview: Goalies

2022-23 Miami preview: Defensemen

Miami has seven defensemen returning from last season, but who will play on the three pairings – or even dress at all – is still completely unclear. Complicating matters further is the arrival of three freshmen with solid credentials who will push for playing time right away. “We've got people who we know can play … Continue reading 2022-23 Miami preview: Defensemen

2022-23 Miami preview: Forwards

The line of Red Savage, P.J. Fletcher and Matthew Barbolini clearly separated from the rest of the Miami forward field last season. P.J. Fletcher (photo by Cathy Lachmann/VFTG). That's great for the RedHawks, as that projected top line entering 2022-23 consists of a sophomore and two juniors, meaning ideally this trio could stick in Oxford … Continue reading 2022-23 Miami preview: Forwards

2022-23 Miami preview: Overview

Year 4 of the Chris Bergeron era begins on Saturday, which means all of the players on Miami's 2022-23 roster -- including 10 newcomers -- were brought in by the head coach and his staff. Chris Bergeron (photo by Cathy Lachmann/VFTG). Miami also has has four new additions to its coaching roster, and all of … Continue reading 2022-23 Miami preview: Overview

NCHC snapshot: Western Michigan

Andy Murray retired after the 2020-21 season, ending a 40-year coaching career that included 16 NHL seasons and a 10-year run at Western Michigan and leaving the program's future in question. But under first-year coach Pat Ferschweiler, the Broncos not only advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, they won … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: Western Michigan

NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

After five years, the inevitable happened and David Hranek turned pro after winning 82 games and logging over 8,300 minutes over five seasons. So did five of St. Cloud State's 20-point producers from 2021-22, including their top two who combined for 67 points. St. Cloud State was the envy of Division I in special teams … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

Omaha started last season 12-3 and appeared primed for an NCAA title run, but the Mavericks dropped four of their final five, including both NCHC Tournament games and didn't even qualify for the Division I championship. Miami sure didn't help UNO's cause, winning three of four meetings with the Mavericks including a sweep at Cady … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

Incoming class analysis: Part II

It seems counterintuitive that Miami's most geographically diverse incoming class in recent decades is seeming to bond quicker than most. But with four of the incoming freshmen coming from the same USHL squad and others having ties to returning players, the 2022-23 RedHawks already appear to have the jelling thing covered despite not having played … Continue reading Incoming class analysis: Part II

NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

North Dakota appeared poised for another NCAA title run last season after tying for first place in the NCHC with 53 points thanks to a late seven-game winning streak. UND swept Colorado College in the first round of the conference tournament, but the Fighting Hawks fell to Western Michigan in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal and … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

Incoming class analysis: Part I

Associate head coach Barry Schutte said offense was the emphasis in piecing together this fall's 10-player, first-year class, and Miami has brought in six freshman up front that all have major points-producing potential. Barry Schutte (Cathy Lachmann/VFTG). “Our forward depth has not been good enough, our skill has not been good enough, and we wanted … Continue reading Incoming class analysis: Part I

NCHC snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

Amazingly, Minn.-Duluth had advanced to the Frozen Four four straight seasons, but the Bulldogs saw that streak snapped this spring in the NCAA quarterfinal round, when Denver knocked them out on a goal with six minutes left. UMD has simply been the best team in Division I the past eight years, winning 15 NCAA Tournament … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

NCHC Snapshot: Denver

In his fourth season at the helm, David Carle's Pioneers routed Minnesota State in the NCAA title game to earn their ninth Division I championship. Denver pounded Miami in a best-of-3 on home ice to open the NCHC Tournament, lost in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal and won the first three NCAA Tournament games by one … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Denver

Cisek named Miami assistant coach

With one month remaining until opening night, Miami has hired one of its former graduate assistants to fill its vacant coaching position. Zack Cisek took over as a RedHawks' assistant coach on Thursday, two weeks after Eric Rud accepted the head coaching job with Sioux Falls of the USHL. Cisek, 30, from Canton, Mich., has … Continue reading Cisek named Miami assistant coach

NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College

It seems like we say this every year, but Colorado College should be much more competitive in 2022-23. The good: Everyone that recorded 13 or more points for the Tigers last season is returning. The bad: Only seven skaters on last year's team even met that threshold. CC, which finished 50th in the NCAA in … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College

Sayler: End of NCHC, CCHA possible

Miami has played in two conferences during its 44-year existence in Division I: The CCHA and the NCHC. David Sayler (photo by Miami athletics). While each league is currently thriving, both may turn off their lights for good in the coming years due to the colossal changes in the NCAA overall, Miami athletic director David … Continue reading Sayler: End of NCHC, CCHA possible

Bergeron: Miami ‘not a 7-win program’

The hockey gods appeared to conspire against Miami from opening weekend last season. After battling bus issues on the way to Ferris State and winning Game 1, the RedHawks lost on an exceedingly-rare 3-on-4 overtime goal to a Bulldogs team that had not beaten a Division I opponent in 33 previous attempts, a span of … Continue reading Bergeron: Miami ‘not a 7-win program’

Notes: ASU trip in 2 years

Miami hockey is heading to the desert. The RedHawks will play a home-and-home series vs. Arizona State, with the road portion slated for November of 2024. The Sun Devils open their new rink, the $134 million Mountain America Community Iceplex, this fall. ASU will share the 5,000-seat venue with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes for the … Continue reading Notes: ASU trip in 2 years