RedHawk Hockey opens regular season vs. Vermont

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Oct. 11, 2007

OXFORD, Ohio - LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE: A limited number of reserved and standing-room-only tickets will go on sale at Goggin Ice Center's box offi ce Friday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reserved ticket prices are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (age 3-17). After all reserved tickets have been sold,standing-room tickets will be made available to adults for $12 and youth for $10. Season tickets in both the club level and in the lower bowl are sold out for 2007-08, but those interested in placing their name on a waiting list for 2008-09 should call the ticket office at 513-529-4295. Those interested in group packages for selected ice hockey games in Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center should call the RedHawks' Sales and Service Office at 513-529-4104.

MIAMI BEATS WATERLOO IN EXHIBITION OPENER: Just two RedHawks provided all of the scoring in Miami's 5-0 exhibition win over the University of Waterloo last Saturday night. Junior forward Justin Mercier (Erie, PA) recorded a hat trick while sophomore forward Gary Steffes (Grand Blanc, MI) chipped in two goals. Freshman forward Pat Cannone (Bayport, NY) assisted on three of the RedHawk scores against the Warriors. Miami dominated in the face-off circles by winning 42 of 66 draws. Senior forward Nathan Davis (Rocky River, OH), a 2007 Hobey Baker Award finalist, led the way with a 16-6 record in face-offs against Waterloo, while fellow senior forward Nino Musitelli (Macomb, MI) went 10-4. Junior goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Chesterfi eld, MI) and senior goalie Charlie Effinger (Belleville, IL) split time in the nets against the Warriors. Zatkoff recorded 10 saves in the fi rst 40 minutes while Effi nger closed out the contest with four saves in the third period.

SCOUTING VERMONT: The Catamounts' success begins in net behind Hobey Baker Award candidate Joe Fallon. The senior has been one of the nation's best goaltenders in each of the last three seasons. He has accumulated 17 shutouts in that stretch and was second in the country with 1.82 goals against average last year. Senior captain Mark Lutz leads a defensive unit in front of Fallon that has a 2.11 goals against average since the start of the 2004 season. Offensively the Catamounts will have to replace the departed Torrey Mitchell who signed this off-season with the San Jose Sharks. Mitchell was UVM's top scorer in each of the last two seasons as well as a great two-way player. However, the Catamounts do return their next four leading scorers including junior assistant captain Dean Strong who fi nished with a team-high 13 goals and a total of 31 points in 2006-07. Vermont's special teams will once again be led by a penalty kill unit that has ranked in the top-8 in the nation in each of the last three seasons. The group's willingness and ability to block shots has made it one of the stingiest groups to play against in the country. Vermont topped Acadia University, 4-0, in its season opener last Sunday.


MIAMI-VERMONT SERIES: Miami is 0-6 in its all-time series against the University of Vermont. The RedHawks' fi rst meeting with the Catamounts was Nov. 26, 1994, at Burlington, when Vermont beat Miami by a score of 5-2. On Nov. 3-4, 1995, Miami hosted UV, but lost a pair of games, 7-4 and 4-3. MU dropped a 5-3 decision at Vermont on Nov. 1, 1996. On Dec. 29, 2000, the Catamounts topped the RedHawks, 4-1. And last season, in the second game ever played at the new Goggin Ice Center, Vermont defeated Miami, 4-1.

DAVIS NAMED TO CHN PRESEASON ALL-STAR TEAM: Miami University ice hockey standout NATE DAVIS has been named to the College Hockey News's 2007 Preseason All-Star Team. Joining Davis on the All-CHN firstteam are Michigan forward Kevin Porter, North Dakota defenseman Taylor Chorney, Boston University defenseman Matt Gilroy, and Michigan State goaltender Jeff Lerg. Three other RedHawk hockey stars--forward RYAN JONES (Sr., Chatham, Ont.), defenseman Alec Martinez (Rochester, MI) and goaltender JEFF ZATKOFF--are listed by CHN as "Players to Watch."

MIAMI'S FRESHMAN CLASS RANKED SEVENTH BEST: Coach Enrico Blasi's Miami University freshman ice hockey recruiting class has been ranked as the seventh best in the nation, according to Inside College Hockey (INCH). The men's college hockey website lists two members of the RedHawks' fi rstyear class among its best individual players. Carter Camper (Rocky River, OH) is ranked by INCH as the nation's 12th-best freshman forward and Vincent LoVerde (Chicago, IL) is listed as the 19th-best defenseman. Among the best freshman classes, INCH ranks Miami just behind No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Boston University, No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Michigan State, and ahead of No. 8 Boston College, No. 9 Denver and No. 10 Minnesota.

RETURNING REDHAWKS RANK AMONG CCHA'S 2006-07 LEADERS : Miami's Nathan Davis ranks second among returning CCHA players in points scored a year ago with 50 ... Ryan Jones's 29 goals last season is tops among returning league players ... goaltender Jeff Zatkoff allowed only 2.26 goals against in 2006-07, the best average among returning CCHA stars.

MIAMI 15-5-1 AT HOME A YEAR AGO : Miami posted a 15-5-1 record (.738) in its inaugural season at Steve Cady Arena (at Goggin Ice Center), including a 7-1-1 record in its last nine games at home. Among its victims was defending national champion Michigan State, 5-2, on January 5, 2007.

FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN : The Miami RedHawks earned their fi rstever NCAA Tournament win on March 24, 2007, defeating the University of New Hampshire, 2-1. The host Wildcats entered the game with a 26-10-2 record and were the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional.

98 POINTS AND COUNTING : Miami senior captain Ryan Jones was the RedHawks' leading goal scorer in 2006-07 with 29 tallies. He has played in every game (119) during his collegiate career. He is just two points shy from reaching the 100-point plateau (59G, 39A, 98P) and is Miami's all-time leader in game-winning goals with 13.

DAVIS CCHA'S BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD : Miami's Nathan Davis, a 2007 Hobey Baker Finalist, returns for the 2007-08 season. Davis, a senior forward from Rocky River, Ohio, and the team's alternate captain, scored 21 goals and 29 assists last year. He was tabbed as the CCHA's best defensive forward in 2006-07.

35 PERCENT : Miami's No. 1 line is comprised of senior Ryan Jones, senior Nathan Davis and sophomore Jarod Palmer (Fridley, MN). The trio combined for 61 goals and 67 assists a year ago, more than 35% of the team's total points.

ONE-TWO PUNCH : Miami's goaltending tandem of senior Charlie Effinger and junior Jeff Zatkoff combined for all 24 of the team's victories in 2006-07. Zatkoff ranks seventh on the RedHawks' all-time victories list with 28, while Effi nger ranks eighth with 26 wins. Together, they had a saves percentage of .911 a year ago.

FOUR EQUALS 17-0-1 : Miami was a remarkable 17-0-1 when it scored four goals or more in 2006-07.

RETURNERS ACCOUNTED FOR 81.5% OF SCORING : With 14 of its 16 top scorers returning in 2007-08, odds are good that the upcoming season will be a successful one. Altogether, Miami`s '07-08 returnees accounted for 81.5% of the team's goals a year ago.

DEE-FENSE : Miami returns an outstanding crew of defensemen in 2007-08. Three seniors-- Mitch Ganzak (Canton, MI), Charley Fetzer (Chicago, IL) and BRAD ROBBINS (West Bloomfi eld, MI)--and four juniors--ALEC MARTINEZ, RAY EICHENLAUB (Wilmette, IL), Kevin Roeder (Glenview, IL) and MICHAEL FINDORFF (Colorado Springs, CO)--comprise seven-eighths of the team's top four defensive pairings.