By John Lachmann
I’ve been wanting to get something up about last weekend’s series, but with high schools playoffs in every sport imaginable my time has been extremely limited the past two weeks.
Miami obviously lost, 3-2 last Friday in Providence and rallied to a 4-4 tie in the series finale on Saturday. I only got to see some of Friday’s game and almost none of Saturday’s because of work obligations.
I really hate blaming officiating, but it’s hard to write around that when talking about Friday’s game.
Sophomore defenseman Chris Joyaux was assessed a major penalty for high contact along the boards that should have constituted a minor at most late in the third period.
Then freshman defenseman Trevor Hamilton was given a minor early in overtime to give the Friars a two-man advantage.
The replay showed the call was totally bogus, especially to make it 5-on-3, which is close to a death sentence for the recipient.
I felt for junior center Austin Czarnik, who was amazing in that shift only to have the puck get through with a second left on the two-man advantage.
Saturday was encouraging because Miami was able to rally from two goals down on the road against a quality opponent.
Czarnik and sophomore forward Riley Barber have been skating like they’re possessed all season. Barber had two more goals, giving him eight on the season, and Czarnik added three assists.
Barber also scored the tying goal early in the third period.
Overall, Miami’s 3-2-1, and its two losses have come to No. 3 North Dakota and at No. 8 Providence on incompetent officiating (not taking anything away from the Friars – they have a very good team – but they didn’t deserve a two-minute 5-on-3).
It was announced on air last week that freshman forward Anthony Louis did not make the trip to Providence because he violated a team rule. Hopefully he’s return to the ice for this series.
The RedHawks still have work to do defensively but they’re off to a pretty good start against a tough schedule.