Cady Arena has hosted just four games this season, but this weekend’s series between Miami and St. Cloud State will be the final two-game set played in Oxford until fall.
MU’s lone remaining home contest will be part of a home-and-home set against Western Michigan to close out the 2020-21 NCHC slate.
The Huskies swept the RedHawks in St. Cloud three weeks ago, edging them 3-2 in the opener and pulverizing MU, 8-2 in the finale.
Miami has been atrocious against SCSU recently, losing 10 straight vs. the Huskies and going winless in the teams’ last 13 meetings (0-11-2).
A look at this weekend’s matchup:
WHO: No. 6 St. Cloud State (12-7) at Miami RedHawks (4-14-2).
WHERE: Cady Arena (0), Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Friday – 7:05 p.m.; Saturday – 5:05 p.m.
STREAMING: NCHC.tv ($).
NOTES: Since these teams met in Minnesota, St. Cloud had a bye week and then split a home series vs. Western Michigan.
With five games left in its regular season, third-place SCSU is just two points behind Minn.-Duluth for first place in the conference with this series, one game vs. Colorado College and a pair against the Bulldogs to wrap up what should be a dramatic finish to the NCHC points race.
Freshman and Toronto draft pick Veeti Miettinen is dominating the team’s stats page, leading the team in goals (9), points (21), plus-minus (9) and power play goals (5).
Tampa Bay selection defenseman Nick Perbix has been a two-way stud with a 5-12-17 line and a pair of game winners.
Nolan Walker, Jami Krannila, Sam Hentges, Zach Okabe, Easton Brodzinski and Kevin Fitzgerald provide the majority of the Huskies’ offense up front.
And Spencer Meier, Brendan Bushy, Ondrej Trejbal and Luke Jaycox have keyed a St. Cloud defense corps that has helped hold opponents to fewer than 27 shots and 2.7 goals per game.
David Hrenak, a Los Angeles draftee, continues to be the workhorse in SCSU’s net, going 9-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Jaxon Castor has been excellent in the backup role (3-0, 2.00, .903).
The Huskies are scoring on 11.6 percent of their shots, which is well above the Division I average. Despite outshooting their opponents by just 30 this season, they have outscored them by 12.
St. Cloud State has been outstanding on special teams, converting at a 24.6 percent clip on the power play while notching an 86.1 penalty killing rate.
Miami has dropped its last six games and is winless in eight (0-7-1). The RedHawks are 0-3-1 at Cady Arena.
It’s unclear if either Ben Lown and Ryan Savage will return for this series. Lown has missed the last four games due to injury and Savage has been out for three consecutive games after sustaining a hard check three weeks ago in Oxford.
RedHawks freshman Ludvig Persson seemed to regain his form last Saturday in a 55-save performance at Minn.-Duluth. He will likely start both games this weekend.