NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

St. Cloud State took a huge step back in 2019-20, finishing fifth in the NCHC after winning back-to-back regular season championships the previous two campaigns. SCSU's win total dropped from 30 to 13, and coach Brett Larson – in his third season – hopes to reverse that trend as his recruits begin to take hold. … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

Omaha's 2018-19 season was its worst in 15 years, but last year Mike Gabinet's Mavericks bounced back from that nine-win campaign to a .458 winning percentage and sixth-place finish. And UNO appears poised to take another step forward, with most of its offensive weapons back, a starting goalie coming off a stellar rookie season and … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

As difficult as it had to be for a loaded North Dakota team to see this spring's postseason canceled, almost all of the cogs from last season will dress for the Fighting Hawks again in 2020-21. Add to that a small-but-talented freshman class, headed by a pair of U.S. National Development defensemen drafted by Ottawa, … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

NCHC Snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

What a run it has been for Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs won national championships in 2018 and 2019 and had an excellent chance of earning a third consecutive title this spring. With COVID canceling out the 2020 postseason, UMD has held the title of Division I champ for 31 straight months and enters this campaign ranked … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

NCHC snapshot: Colorado College

College College looked like it was going to make a much-anticipated move in the standings last season after starting 4-1-1 in non-conference play. But that momentum was crushed by a four-game losing streak to open its league schedule, and the Tigers were obliterated in NCHC play, finishing dead last with just four conference wins and … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: Colorado College

Miami, NCHC becoming real Bubble Boys

It's appropriate that the NCHC has a team nicknamed the Pioneers, because that's what all eight members of the conference will be in December. Due to the pandemic, the league will set up a unique pod during a three-week period in which all eight teams will play 10 games in Omaha under medical supervision. This … Continue reading Miami, NCHC becoming real Bubble Boys

Blasi hired by Providence

Former Miami coach Enrico Blasi accepted a job within the athletic department at Providence on Thursday. Miami coach Enrico Blasi (photo by Cathy Lachmann/VFTG). Blasi will be the Friars' associate athletic director, overseeing PC's men's and women's hockey teams as well as Schneider Arena. Blasi was the head coach of the RedHawks for 20 seasons, … Continue reading Blasi hired by Providence

Analyzing the RedHawks’ rookies

One thing is a near certainty with Miami's 2020-21 roster: This year's team should have no shortage of defensemen. Nine new players will suit up for MU this fall, including eight freshmen, according to the roster posted on the team's web site. Three defensemen, a goalie and five forwards will dress as RedHawks for the … Continue reading Analyzing the RedHawks’ rookies

Pro report: Another milestone for Smith

Six former RedHawks returned to action when the NHL resumed play at the beginning of this month, and five are not only still alive in a quest for the Stanley Cup but thriving with their respective teams. Blake Coleman (Tampa Bay), Sean Kuraly (Boston), Andy Greene (NY Islanders), Reilly Smith (Vegas) and Alec Martinez (Vegas) … Continue reading Pro report: Another milestone for Smith

Bergeron on off-season: ‘Uncertainty’

It was the most bizarre of endings to the 2019-20 season, and there's no end to the strangeness in sight from the college hockey world's perspective, with the season set to begin in a month. Chris Bergeron will begin his second season as Miami's head coach when the puck ultimately drops this fall or winter, … Continue reading Bergeron on off-season: ‘Uncertainty’

Miami posts 2020-21 roster

Nine new players will suit up for Miami this fall, including eight freshmen, according to the 2020-21 roster posted on the team's web site. Five of the first-year RedHawks are forwards. One goalie and three defensemen will also debut for Miami. Like last season, the RedHawks' initial roster consists of 27 players, but MU currently … Continue reading Miami posts 2020-21 roster

Wingels made major impact on hockey

Tommy Wingels was a sophomore when Miami advanced to the national championship game. He was on the ice when Boston University scored a fluky overtime goal off the shoulder of RedHawks defenseman Kevin Roeder to win an NCAA title game MU led by two goals with under a minute left in regulation. Tommy Wingels (photo … Continue reading Wingels made major impact on hockey

2019-20 review: A season cut short

This wasn't how anyone thought it would end. Miami was a longshot to beat Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCHC Tournament, but the obvious expectation was that the RedHawks would have a chance to see their season reach its conclusion on the ice. Miami's Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann). “There's just really … Continue reading 2019-20 review: A season cut short

Pro report: Europe cancels playoffs

Several Miami alumni playing in Europe had their seasons abruptly halted prior to or during the playoffs due to the Coronavirus threat. DEL and DEL2, the top two German leagues, have canceled their postseasons, as has Austria's top league, EBEL. Jeff Zatkoff is 22-6 with a 2.41 goals-against average for Straubing, which would have been … Continue reading Pro report: Europe cancels playoffs

Loss seals seven seed for Miami

Miami locked itself into the No. 7 seed in the NCHC Tournament, but it won't know its first-round opponent until about 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. No. 17 Western Michigan scored twice in a 16-second window late in the first period and rode those goals to a 5-2 win over the RedHawks at Lawson Arena … Continue reading Loss seals seven seed for Miami

Preview: Miami at W. Michigan

Where is Miami heading for the first round of the NCHC Tournament? Mathematically, the RedHawks – currently seventh in the league – could travel to any one of five conference foes, including Western Michigan, but the most likely scenario is MU ends up in Duluth next week. The fourth-place Broncos have a lot to play … Continue reading Preview: Miami at W. Michigan