After a restful bye week the Men’s Hockey team (2-4-0) will travel to sunny Oxford, Ohio this weekend to face the 11th ranked Miami University Redhawks (5-3-0). This matchup will be the second NCHC conference series of the year, and another opportunity for the Tigers to earn their first conference win.
The Tigers had last week to relax after a grueling East Coast road trip the weekend before. The boys faced third-ranked Boston College and the University of New Hampshire, two very talented teams on their home ice.
Unfortunately, both games ended with a final score of 6-2 in favor of the opponents. Those losses should foster a sense of urgency for the Tigers as they look to claw their way back to a winning record.
The Redhawks have a deep roster that returns many of the players from last year’s squad. Notable offensive juggernauts include Riley Barber, a product of the United States National Team Development Program and sixth round draft pick of the Washington Capitals, who put up 39 points in 40 games last season.
Also returning to the Redhawks lineup this year is Blake Coleman, third round pick of the New Jersey Devils. Coleman was limited to just 27 games last year but was still able to score 28 points and has continued his torrential pace this year, earning 11 points through the first eight games of the year.
The Tigers will need to keep an eye on these two talented individuals and find a way to shut down the rest of Miami’s offensive threats to walk away with a W this weekend.
On the other side of the puck, watch for junior goaltender Jay Williams who has established himself as a strong candidate for Miami’s starting goalie. Williams has earned a record of 5-1-0 while allowing a stingy 2.02 Goals Against Average and posting a .906 Save Percentage.
Colorado College will need to pepper Williams with a barrage of shots and create traffic in front of the Miami net in order to score on rebounds or tip-ins.
The Tigers will need continued offensive production from junior Cody Bradley, who has scored four goals and tacked on an assist through six games so far. Senior Captain Peter Stoykewych will continue to anchor the Tigers’ blue line with his physical presence and imposing offensive play.
Sophomore Tyler Marble has claimed the starting goalie spot for now, but will need to improve his dismal 4.58 GAA to give the Tigers a chance at winning.
This weekend represents another tough test for the CC crew. A few keys for success include blocking as many shots as possible, limiting penalties, and wreaking havoc in front of the Miami net to create scoring opportunities.
While it might be impractical to watch a varsity team who is playing 1200 miles away from campus, the Men’s Club Hockey team would be happy to satisfy your cravings for on-campus, on-ice debauchery. The team will be hosting Colorado Mesa University at 9:15 p.m. Friday night at Honnen Ice Arena.