Though Colorado College has regularly occupied one of the bottom spots in the NCHC standings since the league was formed, the Tigers have owned Miami recently.
Miami is winless in the teams’ last seven meetings (0-6-1), including back-to-back overtime losses in Colorado Springs last season.
So far in 2022-23, the Tigers are 4-1 at home but 0-5 away from Ed Robson Arena, and the RedHawks look to break a four-game skid overall.
A look at this weekend’s matchup:
WHO: Colorado College Tigers (4-6) at Miami RedHawks (4-5-1).
WHERE: Cady Arena (3,642), Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Friday – 7:05 p.m.; Saturday – 5:05 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Colorado College leads, 16-11-3.
STREAMING: NCHC.tv ($).
COLORADO COLLEGE RADIO: Both nights — KRDO-FM (105.5), Colorado Springs, Colo.
MIAMI RADIO: Both nights – WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.
NOTES: A major storyline for Colorado College is that Kaidan Mbereko is wrestling playing time away from Matt Vernon in net.
Mbereko, whose father was a rugby star for Zimbabwe, has posted a quality .915 save percentage. Vernon has a save percentage of just .887.
Vernon’s father, Mike, won Stanley Cups with Calgary and Detroit.
Both goalies are 2-3-1 with a shutout this season.
Through 10 games, Colorado College has scored 33 goals and allowed 32, meaning Tigers’ games tend to be high-scoring.
New York Rangers draft pick Noah Laba — a freshman — leads CC in points with 10. He’s already proven himself as one of the Tigers’ top offensive threats, and Hunter McKown and Stanley Cooley have also earned that status up front.
McKown is tied for the team lead in goals (6), and he scored 13 times in 2021-22. Cooley went 6-12-18 as a freshman and already has four goals and four assists this season.
Two other Tigers freshmen forwards have impressed thus far: Ryan Beck and Gleb Veremyev. Beck has eight points and is second on the team with seven assists, and Veremyev has scored twice and assisted on three other goals.
Graduate senior Bryan Yoon has been a staple on the Colorado College defense corps for over four years, and he’s already 1-9-10 this season.
Nicklas Andrews (2-4-6) and Jack Millar (0-4-4) are two other key Tigers blueliners.
Colorado College has not only lost all five of its road games, it has been outscored, 26-9 away from Colorado Springs.
Miami’s offense has completely dried up. The RedHawks have scored just seven goals in five games, and they have lost four straight to open conference play.
But the RedHawks are 3-0-1 against unranked opponents this season and desperately need NCHC points after a slow start.
There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite in this series.