For the majority of the NCHC’s nine-year existence, the contenders for the league standings basement have been Miami and Colorado College.
But the Tigers have dominated the RedHawks the past five seasons, going 9-2-2 in their last 13 meetings.
Strangely, Miami has fared much better in Colorado Springs, at over 6,500 feet altitude, going 2-3-1 in road games since 2017-18.
But that was at World Arena. The Tigers opened 3,400-seat Ed Robson Arena last fall and this will be these teams’ first meeting there.
So far, the new rink hasn’t helped Colorado College’s home record, as the Tigers are 3-10-1 at Robson in the facility’s inaugural season.
A look at this weekend’s matchup:
WHO: Miami RedHawks (6-20-2, 3-14-1 NCHC) at Colorado College Tigers (7-18-3, 4-13-1).
WHERE: Ed Robson Arena (3,407), Colorado Springs, Colo.
WHEN: Friday – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday – 8 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Colorado College leads, 14-11-3.
TV: Both nights – AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (DirecTV Ch. 683).
STREAMING: Both nights – NCHC.tv ($).
MIAMI RADIO: Friday – WKBV-AM (1490); Saturday – WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.
COLORADO COLLEGE RADIO: Both nights – KRDO-FM (92.5 and 105.5) and KRDO-AM (1240), Colorado Springs, Colo.
NOTES: Since sweeping Miami in Oxford Jan. 7-8, Colorado College has dropped seven of eight, with its lone win coming against Omaha three weeks ago.
Other than the nine goals they scored in Oxford during the RedHawks’ charitable phase and eight in a win against Arizona State, offense has continued to be an issue for the Tigers.
CC’s 2.32 scoring rate is one of the worst in the NCAA and the Tigers have been shut out six times this season.
But the future is bright for Colorado College, as six of its top seven scorers are sophomores and the other is a freshman.
Hunter McKown leads the team with 10 goals, and he and Logan Will are tied atop the Colorado College points leaderboard with 15.
Stanley Cooley – the lone frosh among the group, is 3-11-14.
Second-year regulars Matthew Gleason, Nicklas Andrews, Danny Weight (son of former NHL standout Doug Weight) and Jordan Biro all have at least 11 points.
Another sophomore, Tyler Coffey, has seven goals, and former Miamian and senior captain Brian Hawkinson is 5-5-10.
Andrews, Bryan Yoon and Connor Mayer key the Tigers’ defense.
Chicago Blackhawks draftee Dominic Basse has been the primary starter this season in net. He is 6-13-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
Basse has allowed at least three goals in his last seven appearances.
Matt Vernon – you guessed it, ex-NHL goalie Mike Vernon’s son – is at 2.64 and .918 overall but has was lit up for five goals on 29 shots in his last start vs. Western Michigan on Feb. 4.
When these teams met in Oxford last month, Colorado College outscored Miami, 7-1 in the final two periods of the series. The RedHawks will obviously need to buck that trend this weekend, a task made harder playing well over a mile above sea level.