Hockey heads to Duluth, faces No. 11/12 Bulldogs

As the post-season approaches and after a disappointing series against No. 3/4 St. Cloud State University last weekend, Miami hockey is on the road to take on the No. 11/12 University of Minnesota-Duluth this weekend to try to gain momentum. “All games are about momentum and keeping that momentum,” head coach Enrico Blasi said at his weekly press conference. “For us, it’s that consistency and that effort and commitment to playing the right way — whether that’s managing the puck, or playing hard.” This is Miami and Minnesota-Duluth’s third to last series before the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs....

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Miami can’t complete comeback against Eastern Michigan

The Miami men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game after a comeback attempt fell one point short in Tuesday’s 58-57 loss to Eastern Michigan. The RedHawks (13-13, 6-7 MAC) opened the game with a promising 5-0 run before their offensive attack went cold, allowing the Eagles (15-11, 6-7 MAC) to rattle off 10 unanswered points of their own. Senior forward Rod Mills scored back-to-back buckets to make it 10-9, but Miami’s offensive struggles returned. The ‘Hawks went over 11 minutes without scoring a field goal, surrendering an 18-2 stretch in the process. Two layups and a three pointer...

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The guys who make it and the guys who don’t

Defenseman Grant Hutton often feeds forward Josh Melnick for transitions out of Miami’s defensive zone. Melnick may dump the puck and forward Karch Bachman will use his speed to try to make space in the offensive zone. Forward Carson Meyer may then jump off the bench for a line change and, if defenseman Louie Belpedio is pinching, Meyer might find Belpedio in front of the net. Sometimes the puck goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes 18- to 20-year-olds are drafted by the National Hockey League, sometimes they’re not. Regardless, every Monday through Thursday, 28 guys will trickle into Goggin...

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Hockey swept by St. Cloud, shutout on Saturday

Though Miami hockey played more complete games this weekend against No. 3/4 St. Cloud State University, the RedHawks’ turnovers from poor puck management led to a 5-2 loss on Friday night and a 4-0 loss on Saturday night. It is the third time this season the ’Hawks have been swept by their opponents, and the second time they’ve been swept by National Collegiate Hockey Conference opponents. “That’s tough, it’s not easy,” head coach Enrico Blasi said at his post-game press conference on Saturday. “I thought our guys continued to work hard, it’s just not going our way right now.”...

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Men’s basketball loses 73-67 to Toledo

On Friday night, Miami men’s basketball took on Toledo in front of a roaring crowd at Millett Hall, but fell 73-67 to the Rockets. A game nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, the matchup was marked by the momentous occasion of Wally Szczerbiak’s return to Oxford. Szczerbiak, a former NBA sixth overall draft pick, brought in a crowd of 3,500 plus to Millett Hall. The ‘Hawks opened the contest with a deep Dalonte Brown three at 19:10 which elicited a massive roar from the rowdy crowd. However, the ‘Hawks were quite shaky from there after in the first half,...

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