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Miami sophomore Riley Barber watches his empty netter roll into the net for his fourth goal on Saturday (Cathy Lachmann/WCPO.com).
Miami suffered a pair of tough losses in Kalamazoo, both by one goal Jan. 10-11.
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By John Lachmann Kypostsports@yahoo.com Twitter: @rednblackhawks
WHO: Western Michigan Broncos (12-10-4) at Miami RedHawks (10-11-3).
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Friday—7 p.m. Saturday—7:05 p.m.
TV: Friday—CBS Sports Network (DirecTV. Ch. 221, Dish Network Ch. 152). Saturday—TW Cable Channel 311.
MIAMI RADIO: None.
WESTERN MICHIGAN RADIO: WKZO-FM (96.5) both nights.
NOTES: Miami suffered a pair of tough losses in Kalamazoo, both by one goal Jan. 10-11.
Western Michigan is 0-12-1 in its last 13 games in Oxford, and has been outscored, 52-18.
The Broncos are 1-2-1 since their sweep of Miami last month, but they lost a pair at home against Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.
It’s unclear which goalie will start this weekend, since sophomore Lukas Hafner has the better numbers (5-3-1, 1.86, .928), but he surrendered four goals in a loss last Friday. Junior Frank Slubowski (7-7-3, 2.66, .911) was 32-for-35 last Saturday.
Former Miami commit Shane Berschbach leads WMU in points (10-16-26). Junior forward Justin Novics is second with 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points.
Senior forward Chase Balisy is the only other Bronco with 20 or more points (6-14-20, team-best plus-15 rating).
Miami is hoping to build on the momentum of its 6-1 win at Colorado College on Jan. 25.
The RedHawks had gone 0-4-1 in its previous five and 2-8-2 in its last 12.
Picked to win the NCHC, Miami is in seventh place in the first-year conference, and desperation does not begin to describe the position the RedHawks are in presently.