Miami Ice Hockey Ranked #1 in the Nation
After sweeping the University of Nebraska-Omaha this weekend by scores of 7-2 and 5-2, Miami Ice Hockey has jumped to the #1 ranking in both the new USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and the new uscho.com/CSTV poll. Miami now has a record of 6-0-0, which includes sweeps of then-#20 Vermont and then-#12 Ohio State.
Early in the season Miami has been led statistically by junior Justin Mercier (team leading six goals and a co-team leading eight points) and freshman Carter Camper (team leading five assists and a co-team leading eight points). Junior Jeff Zatkoff has been in net for five of Miami's six games, and sports a save percentage of .951 and a goals against average of 1.20. As a team, Miami is averaging 4.7 goals on 32 shots per game while allowing only 1.3 goals on 26 shots per game. Of note, Miami has remained undefeated even with preseason all-CCHA senior Nathan Davis out with an injury for all but a portion of the first game.
Miami hockey next plays this weekend when the RedHawks travel north to play Northern Michigan University. Prior to Thanksgiving, the RedHawks have key CCHA matchups at home versus Notre Dame and at Michigan State.
Congratulations to the Miami Ice Hockey team on achieving its #1 national ranking. Here's hoping this is the first of many honors for the RedHawks between now and April.
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