Preview: Miami at Colorado College

For Colorado College, the road has been the new home the past two months.

The Tigers have hosted just one game since Nov. 2, with nine of their last 10 contests being played on hostile or neutral ice.

Like Miami, CC has seen little live action recently, having played only two games since mid-December.

A look at this weekend’s games:

WHO: Miami RedHawks (5-10-3) at Colorado College Tigers (7-8-1).

WHEN: Friday – 9:37 p.m.; Saturday – 8:07 p.m.

WHERE: Broadmoor World Arena (7,380), Colorado Springs, Colo.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tied, 10-10-2.

MIAMI RADIO: WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.

COLORADO COLLEGE RADIO: KRDO-FM (105.5), KRDO-AM (1240), Colorado Springs, Colo.

TV: None.


NOTES: The big story for Colorado College has been senior Chris Wilkie’s outstanding first half.

Wilkie, a North Dakota transfer whose previous career highs were six goals and 19 points, has scored 13 times and added seven assists for 20 points.

The Florida draft pick has recorded 27 percent of his team’s goals and earned a point in 42 percent of its tallies.

Fellow upperclassman Nick Halloran is second in scoring with a 7-9-16 line and is tops on the Tigers in helpers.

After that, the scoring drops off considerably, as Bailey Conger is the only other Colorado College skater with double-digits in points with four goals and seven assists.

Among forwards, Grant Cruikshank and Ben Copeland have also been solid contributors with eight points apiece, and Alex Berardinelli has seven.

Tigers defensemen have done little offensively, as the 10 that have dressed have combined for just four goals this season and no blueliner has more than eight points.

Bryan Yoon has eight assists, and freshman Connor Mayer is at 1-6-7, and everyone else has four points or fewer.

Colorado College has dressed 10 defensemen this season, and opponents are averaging over 35 shots a game.

Freshman Matt Vernon – son of former NHL goalie Mike Vernon – has done a fine job in net despite facing a ton of quality shots. His save percentage is .915 and he has a goals-against average of 3.03.

Vernon has played in 11 games, and senior Ryan Ruck has been between the pipes for seven. Ruck’s GAA is 3.25 and his save percentage is .905.

Penalty killing has been a major shortcoming for Colorado College. The Tigers are 67.2 percent on the PK – worst in all of Division I – and 60.0 percent in conference play.

The Tigers overall are still trending upward, but it’s been a slow climb. After four straight seasons of single-digit win totals, Colorado College is just six games under .500 the past 2½ seasons.

Surprisingly, the Tigers have been better on the road than on their home ice at elevation. CC is 2-4-1 at home and 4-4 on the road.

Same goes for Miami, which is 3-4-2 away from Oxford and 2-6-1 at Cady Arena.

The RedHawks have struggled vs. Colorado College in recent years, going 1-5-1 in their last seven and 1-4-1 in their last six in this building.

Preview: Miami at Bowling Green

Miami’s season opener vs. Bowling Green didn’t end well for the RedHawks.

Miami coach Chris Bergeron (John Lachmann/VFTG).

And it’s unlikely the Falcons will overlook MU when these teams meet in northwestern Ohio.

Miami coach Chris Bergeron headed the BGSU program the past nine seasons, and Bowling Green scored five times in the third period against the new head coach of the RedHawks in a 7-4 win at Cady Arena on Oct. 6.

The trends don’t look good for Miami either, as the RedHawks have dropped four straight games while Bowling Green has gone 7-1-2 in its last 10.

A look at this Monday’s game:

WHO: Miami RedHawks (4-10-3) at No. 10 Bowling Green Falcons (12-6-1).

WHEN: Monday – 7:07 p.m.

WHERE: Slater Family Arena (5,000), Bowling Green, Ohio.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Bowling Green leads, 61-59-9.

MIAMI RADIO: WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.


TV: None.


NOTES: Both teams are coming off of Christmas break, as Miami’s last game was Dec. 7 while Bowling Green most recently hit the ice on Dec. 14.

The RedHawks are 20-3-2 in their last 25 meetings with the Falcons, but BGSU will certainly be the favorite with 12 wins and a top-10 ranking.

A major key to Bowling Green’s success has been goaltender Eric Dop, who owns a 1.99 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918. He has played all but two games, with freshman backup Zack Rose notching just an . 867 save percentage in 122 minutes.

The Falcons already have six forwards with double-digit points totals. Connor Ford is tied for the team lead with 19 and has scored eight of his nine goals in conference play. He also has a team-best six markers on the power play.

Alex Barber has 18 points and leads all forwards with 13 helpers. Cameron Wright has netted a Falcons-high 12 goals, with four being game winners.

Brandon Kruse, a Vegas draftee, has four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, Frederic Letourneau has 90 career points and 12 in 2019-20, and Max Johnson – the team leader with 43 last season – is at 5-6-11.

Taylor Schneider and Sam Craggs have also been solid scoring threats among Bowling Green forwards.

On defense, all-world senior Alec Rauhauser is the first BGSU blueliner in a quarter century to surpass 100 career points. He has 106 including 19 this season, tied for the team lead and No. 1 in assists with 13 and plus-minus at plus-10.

No one else among the Falcons’ D-corps has more than five points, but that young unit has helped hold opponents to just 24.1 shots per game.

Will Cullen, Tim Theocharidis, T.J. Lloyd, Carson Musser and Justin Wells have all dressed for at least 18 of Bowling Green’s 19 games, and none are seniors.

The Falcons have been deadly on the power play, converting at a 25.3 percent clip. They also generate just under five man-advantage opportunities per game, so it’s paramount that Miami stay disciplined.

This is the final non-conference game of 2019-20 for Miami. The RedHawks are 2-5-2 outside of the NCHC.

Preview: Miami at UConn

Connecticut and Miami meet for just the second time in the teams’ history, with the RedHawks sweeping the Huskies in Oxford two years ago.

These games will be played at the XL Center, formerly the Hartford Civic Center, formerly the home of the Hartford Whalers.

It will be the first time Miami has played on an NHL team’s (or in this case former NHL team’s) ice surface since its final CCHA Tournament in March of 2013.

A look at this weekend’s series:

WHO: Miami RedHawks (4-6-3) at Connecticut Huskies (3-6-3).

WHEN: Friday and Saturday – 4:05 p.m.

WHERE: XL Center (8,089), Hartford, Conn.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 2-0.

MIAMI RADIO: Both games – WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.

CONNECTICUT RADIO: Both games – WUCS-FM (97.9), Hartford, Conn.; WILI-AM (1400) and WILI-FM (95.3), Willimantic, Conn.

TV: None.

STREAM: CBS Sports All-Access.

NOTES: Despite boasting a plethora of NHL draft picks on its teams the past couple of seasons, Connecticut has struggled mightily on the ice.

The Huskies dropped from 15 wins in 2017-18 to 12 last season, and they are off to a 3-6-3 start this campaign with just one win in their last seven contests.

Scoring has been an issue for UConn thus far in 2019-20, as the team is averaging just 2.33 goals per game and has only netted four or more once.

Through 12 games, no one on the Huskies has more than seven points.

Among forwards Jachym Kondelik, a Nashville selection, leads the team in goals with four and is tied for the team lead in points. Alexander Payusov also has seven points, including five assists.

Five forwards – Carter Turnbull, Kale Howarth, Ruslan Iskhakov, Benjamin Freeman and Vladimir Firstov all have six points, with the former two going 3-3-6 and the latter three having matching lines of two goals and four assists.

Freshman Yan Kuznetsov leads all defenders with seven points on a goal and a team-best six helpers.

Another rookie blueliner, Harrison Rees, has notched one goal and three assists.

Of the seven defensemen Connecticut has used this season, four are freshmen.

In net, Tomas Vomacka has played all but nine minutes for the Huskies. He has a 3.33 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

Connecticut is very young with a European flare. The Huskies have seven freshmen and nine sophomores, and three of their players are Russian, three more are from the Czech Republic and another was born in England.

UConn has struggled on special teams, as its power play is clicking at just a 10.5 percent clip. Its penalty kill rate is 73.2 percent, ranking near the bottom of Hockey East.

Miami is 2-2-2 on the road after earning five points last weekend in Omaha.

Miami’s Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann/VFTG).

Regular starting goalie Ryan Larkin was banged-up and missed that series, but back-ups Grant Valentine and Ben Kraws were both outstanding in his absence and are making the case for more time between the pipes.

Offensively, Gordie Green and Ryan Savage have been the hottest RedHawks with six points apiece in their last five games. Green has points in each of his last five games, including a two-goal performance last Saturday.

Preview: Miami at UNO

This isn’t the bottom-dwelling Omaha team to which the NCHC has become accustomed.


The Mavericks are ranked No. 18 in the poll and have a 3-3 record vs. ranked teams.

UNO opened its NCHC slate last week with a road split vs. Western Michigan and hosts its first league contests of the season.

A look at this weekend’s series:

WHO: Miami RedHawks (3-6-2) at No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha (6-3-1).

WHEN: Both nights – 8:07 p.m.

WHERE: Baxter Arena (7,500), Omaha, Neb.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 22-19-6.

MIAMI RADIO: Both games – WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

OMAHA RADIO: Both games – KZOT-AM (1180), Omaha, Neb.


NOTES: Nebraska-Omaha is a program on the rise, with just one of its top seven scorers seniors, five of its regular defensemen freshmen or sophomores and both of its goalies rookies.

Kevin Conley leads the team in points with 11 on five goals and six assists, coming off a 3-1-4 weekend at Western Michigan.

Sophomore and Colorado draftee Tyler Weiss has a pair of goals and seven assists, and freshman Ryan Brushett leads the team with eight helpers.

Taylor Ward, a sophomore, is tied for the team lead in goals with five, and Chayse Primeau – of the NHL Primeau brothers – is 4-3-7.

Tristan Keck also has seven points, but he has not played since Halloween and it’s unclear when he’ll return.

On defense, a freshman – Brandon Scanlin – lead the corps in points (2-5-7).

A pair of drafted seniors have both logged over 100 college games, with Pittsburgh selection Ryan Jones going 2-4-6 and Arizona pick Dean Stewart notching five assists.

Nebraska-Omaha has used two goals this season, and both are freshmen.

Isaiah Saville, a Vegas selection, is 5-3-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Austin Roden has logged one game, an 18-save shutout vs. Alabama-Huntsville.

The Mavericks have exceled on the power play, converting at a 26.5 percent, but they are 78.7 on the penalty kill.

Miami is 1-3 in NCHC play and was swept two weeks ago in its road debut at North Dakota.

These teams split both of their series last season.

Preview: Ferris St. at Miami

Miami and Ferris State were annual foes when they were conference mates in the CCHA, but since that league dissolved and the teams joined different leagues they have not renewed their all-time series.

That ends this weekend, as the Bulldogs visit Oxford for the first time in 10 years, as their last overall meeting came in Big Rapids in 2012.

While Miami has already played three games – all at Cady Arena – Ferris State has faced two exhibition opponents and logged its lone regular season contest vs. Colgate last week, a 3-1 win.

A look at this weekend’s series:

WHO: Ferris State Bulldogs (1-0) at Miami RedHawks (0-2-1).

WHEN: Friday – 7:05 p.m.; Saturday – 8:05 p.m.

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Ferris State leads, 45-43-16.

MIAMI RADIO: Both games – WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.


NOTES: A 5-0 win over the U.S. National Development Team is impressive, exhibition or not.

After going 2-0 in preseason, Ferris State beat Colgate, 3-1 in its lone regular season game last weekend, thanks to a 28-save performance by goalie Roni Salmenkangas, as the Bulldogs have started 2019-20 on a positive note.

Salmenkangas, a sophomore, made logged 1,563 minutes for the Bulldogs last season, posting a 3.23 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.

Both of FSU’s other goalies are entering their first season with the team: Austin Shaw and Carter McPhail.

The Bulldogs have a bizarre combination of four seniors and five freshmen on defense.

Joe Rutkowski has played 110 games on the Ferris State blueline, and led his team with two points last weekend on a goal and an assist.

Senior Boston draftee Cameron Clarke picked up a helper in the win over Colgate, and classmate Nate Kallen has 14 career goals and 34 assists.

Ferris State used four seniors on D last weekend (Rutkowski, Clarke, Kallen and Zach Yoder) and three freshmen (Blake Evennou, Connor Ferorek and Jake Willets).

The only Bullog forward to record over 20 points last season graduated, leaving Coale Norris, who went 7-13-20 his sophomore season, as the team’s top returning points producer at that position.

Senior Jason Tackett found the net six times and tallied eight helpers but did not player last weekend.

Lucas Finner, Jake Transit and Hunter Wendt also return after finishing with double-digit points totals in 2018-19.

Coach Bob Daniels had major success in the first half of this decade, peaking at 29 wins in 2013-14, but Ferris State has not won more than 14 in the past three seasons and its 2018-19 total of 10 was its second-worst ever.

The Bulldogs, who have 10 freshmen overall on their roster, were picked to finish eighth in the 10-team WCHA by that conference’s coaches.

On paper, Ferris State appears about on par with New Hampshire. Both FSU and UNH scored 90 goals in 36 games in 2018-19, but the Bulldogs allowed 20 more tallies.


For Miami, senior linemates Gordie Green and Karch Bachman are off to outstanding starts, with Green leading the team in goals (3) and points (5) while Bachman is 2-2-4.

A pair of freshmen – John Sladic and Chase Pletzke – accounted for three of the RedHawks’ four goals in their finale vs. New Hampshire last week, a welcome sign on a team that has struggled in scoring depth for years.

It’s unclear who will man the net for Miami this weekend, as Ryan Larkin has been the workhorse the past three-plus years and has posted quality numbers, but Larkin allowed 11 goals in five periods the first two games, and freshman Ben Kraws was decent in his starting debut Saturday.

The RedHawks have a team save percentage of .832, partly due to penalty killing clip of 61.1 percent that is among the worst in Division I.

This weekend wraps up a five-game homestand for Miami to open the season. After Saturday, the RedHawks will not play another regular season game at Cady Arena until Nov. 15 vs. Minnesota-Duluth.