Geoff Chiles will be live at Yost Ice Arena tonight as the Wolverines open CCHA play against Miami. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. ET and you can follow along all the action and chat with your fellow fans right here at MHNet. The live blog will open around 6:30 p.m.
As for those RedHawks, I don’t have time to do a full preview, but here’s the gist of things. The Dynasty enters Yost with a 3-0-1 record, having swept Colgate to start the season and last weekend they tied and defeated Providence in overtime.
Miami is led offensively by a strong group of underclassmen. Five of their top six scorers are a freshman and sophomores. Sophomores Blake Coleman (4-1-5 in 4gp), Austin Czarnik (2-3-5 in 4gp), and freshman Riley Barber (3-2-5 in 4gp) are all tied for the team scoring lead.
Like the Wolverines, the RedHawks welcome a pair of freshmen in the crease who have split playing time. Freshman Jay Williams is 2-0-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .915 save percentage. Fellow classmate Ryan McKay is 1-0-1 with a 0.48 GAA and .984 save percentage.
Red Berenson announced yesterday that Steve Racine will be starting in net for the Wolverines Friday, though per Michael Spath at The Wolverine Berenson also says Jared Rutledge could earn a start this weekend regardless of tonight’s outcome. I think it’s safe to say this weekend’s outcomes will probably come down to which team’s rookie netminders come through for their team. Defenseman Kevin Clare is also expected back in the line up.
On another Dynasty related note, Berenson said on Inside Michigan Hockey this week that Miami is interested in scheduling non-conference games after the CCHA disbands. Hope they can work something out to keep this series alive. Miami is a strong team every year and makes for a much more exciting opponent than the cupcakes.
MAJOR JUNIOR… FIGHT!
The proposed CHLPA is threatening to sue major junior clubs over “sweatshop” conditions. I didn’t know Kathie Lee owned a team. The Children of Yost say they’ll have a response to this news tonight.
INSIDE MICHIGAN HOCKEY
Inside College Hockey, which opened as an alternative to U.S. College Hockey Online, oh, I don’t know how many years ago now, has shut their doors. Real life caught up with them, they said in their farewell post. Though I never really visited the site much (preferring USCHO and, more so, College Hockey News), they definitely had their niche and any loss of coverage for the sport is never good news. Some of the INCH writers will still post time to time at inchwriters.com.