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RedhawkBandMan
09-26-2011, 09:38 AM
Less than a week until the puck drops on a new season of Miami Ice Hockey and expectations are high. For the first time, Miami takes the ice as the defending conference champions of the CCHA. College Hockey News has placed the RedHawks at the top of their Preseason Top 10 (http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2011/09/21_miami_tops_preseason_top_10.php). USCHO has released their list of the Top 10 Goaltenders (http://www.uscho.com/2011/09/26/ten-to-watch-picking-college-hockeys-top-goalies-for-2011-12/) for the season with Reichard and Knapp claiming the 4th and 7th spots, respectively. We'll see where the RedHawks land in the other polls and season previews, but it is sure to be near the top. While we lost some great leaders and a lot of firepower at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, we have a stellar class coming in and our veterans should be solid on defense and in goal until the new kids find their groove.

And while we are all thankful that the dawn of the new season is upon us, it has also been a very eventful off-season with the reshaping of the college hockey landscape. As we enter our penultimate season in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, we can also look to our future as a member of the National College Hockey Conference.

Let's get this started...

GO REDHAWKS!!!

MUhawks628
09-26-2011, 09:56 AM
Plenty of numbers to learn, nicknames to craft, and hardware to win. Here's to another exciting season for the Brotherhood!!

Love & Honor

MUhawks628
09-26-2011, 11:24 AM
Oh, and I almost forgot, 25 goals for tHirsch to score.

Kidding aside, I do wonder how much of a fluke his start to last season was versus his shoulder derailing him from the pace he initially set.

fellowes
09-26-2011, 11:28 AM
numbers to learn


This always annoys me for the first few games of the season...

Edit: I suppose it helps that the new team "Lurch" is 22 again

MUhawks628
09-26-2011, 11:36 AM
This always annoys me for the first few games of the season...

I was being a total nerd on Saturday watching the scrimmage with the roster pulled up on my phone :)

Kept getting Mullin (#20) and Coleman (#25) confused, but names on the jerseys will help.

MiamiRedhawks2008
09-26-2011, 01:28 PM
Looking to see how Reilly deals with not having the nation's best (and Miami's best ever) setup man at his side. I also love the schedule this year. BSU to start is a great opening season - nice a tough. Then a Colgate team that I don't know if we've ever played (at least not in my memory) - not sure what to expect from them. Then comes a nice tough start to the CCHA season with Ferris and a couple nice warmups before Michigan comes to town. Pretty sweet first half right there.

I'm always overly optimistic, so get out your salt shakers:

Is a 6-2 start within the realm of possibility?

MUhawks628
09-26-2011, 01:42 PM
I'm always overly optimistic, so get out your salt shakers:

Is a 6-2 start within the realm of possibility?

If these freshmen are for real, why not :)

Looking at the schedule I would say that a lot depends on the 2 games in Big Rapids. I don't really know what Ferris' outlook is this season (No more Nagle - yay!), but just going off how we've played against the trap in the past, IF we are having trouble putting the puck in the back of the net, those could be two tough 2-1 type games that don't go our way.

RicoForPresident
09-26-2011, 02:30 PM
In on page 1. Ready for all the fun that awaits. 6-2 start would be great and definitely within reach, but I agree with the Ferris sentiments. They always play us very well. Not sure how I'm going to handle my first season living on the west coast. It probably means I'll be a bit more active around here. Fair warning.

mcfarljd
09-26-2011, 05:40 PM
Oh, and I almost forgot, 25 goals for tHirsch to score.

Kidding aside, I do wonder how much of a fluke his start to last season was versus his shoulder derailing him from the pace he initially set.

He got his 25 points last year. Im going with BIGGS, Mullin, Coleman 50 combined goals this year ;)

MUhawks628
09-26-2011, 06:04 PM
I'm taking Captain Will Weber with 7 goals, that might be less likely than your prediction :)

RedhawkBandMan
09-26-2011, 06:55 PM
The RedHawks claim the top spot in USA Today's Preseason Poll (http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=PL_03_01&ID=307576) and come in at #2 in the USCHO Poll (http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/) behind Notre Dame (though Miami secured 1 more first place vote than the Irish).

fellowes
09-26-2011, 07:58 PM
(No more Nagle - yay!)

This. Seriously.

MUnRPI
09-26-2011, 08:16 PM
If these freshmen are for real, why not :)

Looking at the schedule I would say that a lot depends on the 2 games in Big Rapids. I don't really know what Ferris' outlook is this season (No more Nagle - yay!), but just going off how we've played against the trap in the past, IF we are having trouble putting the puck in the back of the net, those could be two tough 2-1 type games that don't go our way.

They lost Zach Redmond who was their strongest player (aside from nagle)

fangers
09-27-2011, 10:46 AM
Looking to see how Reilly deals with not having the nation's best (and Miami's best ever) setup man at his side. I also love the schedule this year. BSU to start is a great opening season - nice a tough. Then a Colgate team that I don't know if we've ever played (at least not in my memory) - not sure what to expect from them. Then comes a nice tough start to the CCHA season with Ferris and a couple nice warmups before Michigan comes to town. Pretty sweet first half right there.

I'm always overly optimistic, so get out your salt shakers:

Is a 6-2 start within the realm of possibility?

Played them a couple years back at the new Goggin, probably Carter Camper's freshman year (?). His older brother Ben played for Colgate and I talked their parents during the course of the game.

MUhawks628
09-27-2011, 10:58 AM
Played them a couple years back at the new Goggin, probably Carter Camper's freshman year (?). His older brother Ben played for Colgate and I talked their parents during the course of the game.

They were at the Ice Breaker opening the New Goggin, but I don't think they actually played Miami.

That was before my time though, so I could be wrong.

fangers
09-27-2011, 11:28 AM
They were at the Ice Breaker opening the New Goggin, but I don't think they actually played Miami.

That was before my time though, so I could be wrong.

lol, your memory better than mine.

MUhawks628
09-27-2011, 11:32 AM
lol, your memory better than mine.

There is a picture of Colgate from the Ice Breaker on the ginormus mural in Goggin. On the conservative side I've spent 50 hours staring at that thing while sitting in line after my computer battery had died for the day :)

MUhawks628
09-27-2011, 01:49 PM
CCHA Preseason 1st Team - Reilly Smith, Cody Reichard
CCHA Preseason 2nd Team - Chris Wideman, Will Weber

Miami's 4 nominations most in the leauge.

redeagle
09-27-2011, 03:08 PM
lol, your memory better than mine.

Miami did not play Colgate when the new building opened, but they were here. Vermont beat Colgate and Miami beat Denver, Denver beat Colgate with a late goal, and Vermont beat Miami.

I believe Miami and Colgate have played twice and are 1-1. Miami won 14-2 in the '96/'97 season (Boyle, Robitaille, et al.) and lost 7-2 in '98/'99. The interesting sidelight story is that in '96/'97 Miami went to upstate New York over Thanksgiving and played Colgate and Cornell and won both (14-2, 5-4), but then lost to Cornell in the NCAA the same year when Miami was a three seed and Cornell a six seed in the regional (in the old 12 team, two regional format). MU dominated the Cornell NCAA game, especailly Boyle and Robitaille, but were outgoaltended. Cornell's goalie was from Australia. It ranks as one of the more frsutrating Miami games I have seen (Miami had not won an NCAA game at that point), with the possible exception of the game before it when MU lost to Michigan State in the CCHA semi-finals by blowing a third period lead and losing in OT at the Joe.

fangers
09-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Miami did not play Colgate when the new building opened, but they were here. Vermont beat Colgate and Miami beat Denver, Denver beat Colgate with a late goal, and Vermont beat Miami.

Ok, so I'm not totally senile, yet. lol

On another topic, assume it best to work with the ticket office if looking to get some tix for the UAH weekend? Not sure how many I need at this point, but, like a lottery winner, "friends & family" requests are starting to come in.