Miami hosts Minnesota-Duluth

Bulldogs have lost 4 straight

By John Lachmann
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

WHO: Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (13-13-4) at Miami RedHawks (11-16-3).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

WHEN: Friday—7:35 p.m.; Saturday—7:05 p.m.

TV: None.

MIAMI RADIO: Internet only.

MINNESOTA-DULUTH RADIO: KZIO-FM (94.1 and 104.3), Duluth, Minn.

NOTES: UMD has been a streaky team all season, and is currently suffering through a four-game losing streak. Prior to that the Bulldogs were 8-1-3 in their previous 12-game stretch.

Three Minnesota-Duluth players have double-digit goal totals – Kyle Osterberg (12-7-19), Alex Iafallo (11-10-21) and Justin Crandall (10-8-18).

Caleb Herbert leads the Bulldogs in points (26) with nine goals and 17 assists.

The only previous meeting between these teams was in 2009, when the RedHawks beat Minnesota-Duluth, 2-1 in a regional final to advance to their first-ever Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.

So obviously this will be the Bulldogs’ first-ever trip to Oxford.

Senior Aaron Crandall had been the regular starter in net for UMD, but he was 6-for-8 in relief last Saturday vs. North Dakota after struggling in his past three outings. Sophomore Matt McNeely could start: He’s 2-4-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage.

Crandall is 11-9-3 with a 2.77 GAA and .903 save percentage.

Despite the return of junior forward Blake Coleman – who scored two goals in Miami’s win last Friday – the RedHawks still have multiple injury issues.

Junior Jimmy Mullin has missed seven games with a lower-body injury, and freshman Johnny Wingels has been out the same number of games with an upper-body injury.

This will be the last home series of the season for Miami. The RedHawks will travel to Denver next weekend before heading to a team TBA in the first round of the NCHC Tournament.


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