Miami University RedHawks
4 seed vs. Denver, West Regional (Minneapolis, MN)
4:30 CDT, Friday, March 27, ESPN2
Coach: Enrico Blasi (187-138-28, .569)
Miami is pretty much the Carter Camper show. The sophomore forward was one of five second-yearmen named to the all-CCHA first team and was the fourth leading scorer in the league. On the backline, Connor Knapp was named to the CCHA all-rookie team and while he is not Jeff Zatkoff, few are and he has provided stability as the RedHawks' primary goalie. Miami is one of the few teams in the tournament that did not play last weekend (Ohio State and Bemidji State are among the others), so it will be interesting to see if the extra week off provides them with any benefits.
And the student becomes the master. In what will likely become the NCAA tournament storyline you'll most want to strangle to death by the end of Hockey Christmas, did you know that Miami's first round matchup with Denver will feature Miami coach Enrico Blasi facing his coach from his playing days at Miami, George Gwozdecky? If you didn't, well now you do.
Because we're not above this. This is actual text featured on Miami University line charts: "When referring to Miami, please only use Miami University or Miami. Please do not use Miami of Ohio, University of Miami of Ohio, etc. The latter are not proper names for our institution. Thank you." (HT: MGoBlog)