Miami hosting No. 12 Wisconsin

Teams split in Madison last year

By John Lachmann
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

WHO: No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (3-2-1) at No. 8 Miami RedHawks (6-3-1).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.

WHEN: Friday—6:35 p.m.; Saturday—7:05 p.m.

TV: Friday—CBS Sports. Saturday—None.

WISCONSIN RADIO: Both games—WIBA-AM (1310).


NOTES: These teams split when they met in Madison, Wis., last season, and Wisconsin holds a 2-1 all-time advantage because of its win over Miami in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, the first appearance in RedHawks history.

Coach Enrico Blasi was a member of that team.

Senior forwards Michael Mersch and Tyler Barnes are Wisconsin’s top scoring threats. Mersch, a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, has 49 goals and 43 assists, including 4-3-7 this season in just six games.

Barnes has three goals and four assists in 2013-14 and 34 goals and 46 helpers in his career.

Anaheim draftee Nic Kerdiles has four goals and four assists for a team-best eight points after he rolled up 11 goals and 22 assists as a freshman last season.

Junior Buffalo selection Jake McCabe and New Jersey Devils pick Joe Faust lead the team in defenseman points with seven and six, respectively.

Joel Rumpel is expected to play in net this weekend after missing much of the early part of the season with an ankle injury. Wisconsin was dreadful between the pipes in his absence.

Rumpel is 1-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in one game this season and 29-21-6, 2.18 and .924 for his career. He blanked Miami on 26 shots in the teams’ series opened last season and gave up two goals on 32 shots in the finale.

This is the first time Wisconsin has visited Oxford.

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