Miami University will face Air Force at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. next Saturday, Mar. 29 at 4 p.m. ET in the opening round of the 61st Annual NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Championship.
In a hard fought battle from the opening puck drop all the way to the final horn, the RedHawks were unable to overcome a two-goal deficit and travel back to Oxford with the Mason Cup.
It took just over six minutes of overtime for a winner to be determined in the CCHA semi-final game between Miami and Notre Dame, but the RedHawks persevered and came out of the contest with a 2-1 victory.In easily the most exciting finish of the season for the Red and White, senior defenseman Mitch Ganzak put a shot through a crowd in front of CCHA Goaltender of the Year, Jordan Pearce, and into the back of the net with only 3.4 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The tally was Ganzak’s 100th career point, making him the 41st member of Miami’s Century Club, and only the fifth defenseman in school history to reach that mark.
Junior blueliner Alec Martinez was honored by the CCHA Thursday night, as the league’s best defensive defenseman. Martinez tallied 17 points and finished +15 on a Miami team that placed first in the conference in team defense and second in penalty-killing.
Miami University’s senior forward RYAN JONES (Chatham, Ont.) has been named a Top Ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, presented annually to the top men’s college hockey player.