Saturday night victory escapes Miami, forces split with Denver

Miami hockey took an early lead and topped No. 4/5 Denver 4-3 at home on Friday, before falling behind early and losing 4-1 on Saturday. Now 2-6-2 on the second night of two-game series, the RedHawks have yet to find a way to sustain Friday night momentum into Saturday night. “I thought our details, especially right off the bat hurt us tonight,” head coach Enrico Blasi said at Saturday night’s press conference. “Especially the first goal and a couple guys making poor judgements when coming off the ice.” Sophomore goaltender Ryan Larkin stopped 44 of the 47 shots he...

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Hockey ‘Hawks open 2018 against Denver

Miami hockey returns to regular season action tonight against defending national champions the University of Denver after a month-long hiatus. The RedHawks look to break over .500 this weekend against the nationally ranked No. 4/5 Pioneers. “We’re playing a team that has a lot of skill up front, a lot of skill in the D-core, a proven goalie and they’re very well coached,” head coach Enrico Blasi said in his weekly press conference. “We’ve got some things we need to work on, but it should be a fun environment, a fun weekend.” The ’Hawks finished 8-8-2 halfway through the...

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Hockey resumes conference play against No. 10/11 WMU

Miami hockey rounds up the first half of their season and returns to National Collegiate Hockey Conference play against No. 10/11 Western Michigan University. The RedHawks look to balance their response to WMU’s high-scoring style of play and their own offensive production.   “They’re a tough team to play against — they play hard, their compete level is very high, they’re going to finish checks and things like that,” head coach Enrico Blasi said in his weekly press conference. The Brotherhood (7-7-2, 2-3-1-0 NCHC) looks to beat the Broncos (9-7-1, 5-3-0 NCHC) in tonight and tomorrow, wanting to replicate...

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Miami hockey shut out 4-0 on Saturday, splits series with Cornell

Miami hockey was shut out 4-0 against No. 5 ranked Cornell on Saturday night, falling prey to undisciplined penalties and Cornell’s ability to take away time and space. “Obviously, [Friday] night we got the win, but tonight they played us the moment the puck dropped,” head coach Enrico Blasi said in the postgame press conference. “They were quicker on pucks. They executed their power play.” The RedHawks (7-7-2) skated to a 2-1 win on Friday night, handing the Big Red (10-2) their second loss. Night two of the two-game series was less of Friday’s passing and effective positioning, and...

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The peculiar case of Shohei Ohtani

The most interesting player in baseball has not played a game in America. This young free agent will be the cornerstone player for any team, but will be one of the poorest-paid players in Major League Baseball. Such is the peculiar case of the Japanese Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani. Shohei Ohtani is unusual for two reasons. First, he is attempting to be the first player since Ruth to both pitch and hit in MLB. He possesses towering power, exceptional speed on the base paths and a 100-mph fastball. Scouts generally believe he can be an ace pitcher and a strikeout-prone but homerun-hitting, middle-of-the-order hitter. That makes Ohtani a singularity. There are no two-way players in Major League Baseball. There are pitchers like Madison Bumgarner who are OK at hitting. And there are hitters like Christian Bethancourt and Ichiro Suzuki, who can pitch a little. No one can or has consistently done both in modern history. Pitching and hitting are two specific motions with little technical crossover. There are simply so few people in the world good enough to hit or pitch at a professional level that finding someone who can do both is extremely unlikely. There are a few people like Rick Ankiel, who went from pitching to hitting, but never a player doing both simultaneously. Doing both for a 162-game season would be tiring and potentially dangerous —...

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