Nov. 14, 2011
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - For the second straight week, a Miami University freshman was named CCHA Rookie of the Week as forward Austin Czarnik garnered the honor Monday, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Announced, despite playing just one game on the weekend. The accolade is the first of Czarnik's career after fellow freshman forward Tyler Biggs (Loveland, Ohio) won the award last week.
After sitting out Friday, Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) made up for it Saturday, having a hand in all three goals of Miami's 3-3 tie with No. 4/5 Michigan. He assisted on Miami's first and third goals while scoring Miami's second goal that tied the game at 2-2 after trailing 2-0 in the first period. He finished with a career-high three points, marking just his second multi-point game and his first career multi-assist game. He also had a +1 rating in the game Saturday and blocked a shot. He was the No. 2 star in Saturday's game.
Czarnik now ranks second on the team with both eight points and three goals on the season and is tied for the team lead with five assists.
Czarnik is the third RedHawk to win a CCHA weekly award this year, joining Biggs, who was Rookie of the Week Nov. 7 after dishing out two assists, and junior forward Reilly Smith (Mimico, Ont.). Smith won CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after a five-point weekend at Colgate.
Miami returns to the ice this weekend when it hosts Bowling Green Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena on Miami Hockey's Alumni Weekend. Puck drop Friday is at 7:35 p.m. while Saturday's game begins at 7:05 p.m.