Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A quick look at the Redhawks

Minnesota State is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003 and appears to have a tough but, seedings-wise, better draw than it did 10 years ago when had to face No. 1-ranked Cornell in Providence. The Mavericks are 11th overall and third in the region and will play fifth-overall and regional second-seed Miami on Saturday afternoon in Toledo, Ohio.

Here's a quick glance at the Redhawks:

Overall record: 24-11-5

CCHA record (finish): 17-7-4 (first)

NCAA appearances: 11 (eighth straight)

Coach: Enrico Blasi (14th season)

Leading scorers: fr. Riley Barber (15-23—38), so. Austin Czarnik (14-24—38), sr. Curtis McKenzie (10-13—23)

Goaltenders: fr. Ryan McKay (12-6-2, .948, 1.37), fr. Jay Williams (12-5-3, .924, 1.94)

Notes: Czarnik (pictured) was the CCHA's player of the year and is a Hobey Baker top-10 finalist. ... Minnesota State and Miami boast their conference's respective coach and rookie of the year in Mike Hastings and Enrico Blasi and Stephon Williams and Riley Barber. ... Miami will be a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference next year.

The game will not be televised live but will be available on ESPN3, which is the network's live-streaming service for computers and tablets.


Sam said...

Interesting tidbit on Miami's freshman goaltender, Jay Williams:

He (and Zach Stepan) was actually traded for Stephon Williams during both of their final years in the USHL. Jay was sent to the Sioux Falls Stampede, and Stephon joined the Waterloo Blackhawks for their playoff run.

puckluck said...

You are going to Ohio to cover this game, aren't you Shane? We MSU fans need some eyes and ears on the ice in Toledo.