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CCHA College Hockey News

Friday, 25 March, 2011 3:12 PM

Miami Redhawks capture Mason Cup after topping WMU Broncos, 5 - 2

Western Michigan received a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regionals

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The Miami (OH) Redharks celebrate their victory in the CCHA Championship Game.

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The Mason Cup finally reached the arms of the Miami Redhawks hockey team thanks to repeated firepower from the offense in their 5 - 2 CCHA Championship victory over the Western Michigan Broncos. While Western Michigan maintained the home crowd support in Joe Louis Arena, the man advantage and production on ice belonged to the Miami Redhawks. The shots started to pay off in the last ten minutes of the first period, when Miami of Ohio managed to capitalize against WMU goalie Jerry Kuhn thanks to several left wings.

At 12:03, Miami’s No. 15 Bryon Paulazzo opened the scoring with a rebound grab that he converted into a wraparound goal, with assists from No. 5 Cameron Schilling and No. 23 Alden Hirschfeld. Under two minutes to go in the period, the lead rose to 2 - 0 on a put-in by Reilly Smith that slipped behind No. 35 Jerry Kuhn. Getting the assists were No. 20 Pat Cannone and No. 11 Carter Camper.

The number of shots thrown to the net of Miami, however, produced an impressive stand by Kuhn, who stopped 30 shots compared to 18 by the Redhawks’ No. 30 Cody Reichard.

With minutes remaining in the second period, the Broncos’ offense lightened the pressure Kuhn faced with a No. 2 Mike Leone power play tally from No. 26 Greg Squires and No. 5 Greg Squires, cutting the differential to 2 - 1 Miami.

Nearly three minutes into the third period, the game became even to the delight of the Broncos fans on a second power play goal by No. 23 Dane Walters. No. 24 Shane Berschback and No. 7 Matt Tennyson would get the assists.

Close to five minutes later, CCHA Player of the Year Andy Miele brought the lead back to the Redhawks from Schilling and Smith. The following ten minutes would see insurance goals from No. 16 Curtis McKenzie and Smith, the former on the power play and the latter even strength, with Cannone, No. 6 Chris Wideman, Miele, and No. 13 Trent Vogelhuber getting the respective assists.

It was the kind of sealed win that Camper regarded with a new sense of joy and excitement. “This is ten times better than winning the regular season last year,” he said.

Despite Miele’s scoring totals, and his acceptance of the Most Valuable Player award, it was the balanced scoring that Head Coach Enrico Blasi praised after the game. “When you talk about Miele… you have to talk about the whole team… it’s a team effort all the way, that’s the way we want it.”

The win also makes Miami one of the four automatic No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Hockey Tournament, which begins next weekend. The Redhawks are seeded in the Northeast Region of the tournament, taking place in Manchester, New Hampshire alongside Merrimack (No. 2), New Hampshire (No. 4) and No. 3 Notre Dame, who made it in despite the third place loss.

Western Michigan also received a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regionals, which also features No. 1 North Dakota, No. 2 Denver, and No. 4 Rensselaer.

Related Story: Michigan defeats Notre Dame, 4 - 2 in CCHA Third-Place Game

 

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Miami's Carter Camper hoists the CCHA Mason Cup.

 

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The Redhawks shake hands with the Broncos at the end of the CCHA Championship Game.

 

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A face-off at center ice

 

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The Redhawks celebrate one of their goals

 

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks address the media following their BIG win.

 

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