For Miami, the 4-3 loss to Denver in the NCHC championship game on Saturday was a microcosm of the 2013-14 season.
Miami’s entire season, especially since the start of the NCHC Tournament, has been all about drama.
Miami is now one win away from extending its streak of NCAA Tournament berths, a task that would have been seemingly impossible a few weeks ago.
The last time Miami and North Dakota played, UND scored nine times in the most lopsided loss the RedHawks have suffered under Coach Enrico Blasi.
After shocking then-No. 4 St. Cloud State twice last weekend, Miami is now in the same position as college basketball teams starting their tournament this week.
St. Cloud fans may disagree but this was one of the most entertaining college hockey games I’ve ever seen and probably the best series.
St. Cloud State sent Friday’s game to overtime by scoring with 0.1 seconds remaining. On Saturday, Miami netted the series-clincher with 2.6 seconds to play in regulation.
It had been nearly three years since Miami had won a playoff game in overtime.
For NCAA tournament qualification purposes, Miami has not played a meaningful game in two months, but the RedHawks can erase what has been an otherwise forgettable season by winning the conference tournament.
Miami ended a disappointing regular season on a high note.
Blake Coleman continued to thrive since his return from an upper-body injury, but he was unable to propel Miami to a win single-handedly.
We have a feeling the Friday telecast will be blacked out beyond the Denver area because of the exclusivity deal the NCHC signed with CBS College Sports prior to this season, but we’ll see on Friday night.
Images from the series at Cady Arena played on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014.
It was a microcosm of Miami’s season: The RedHawks could not catch a break and lost a close game.
Miami squandered yet another two-goal lead on Friday, falling to Minnesota-Duluth at Cady Arena.
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.
They came from different backgrounds and are completely different types of players, but Max Cook and Bryon Paulazzo’s college careers have taken similar paths at Miami.
Images from the series between St. Cloud State and Miami University played at Cady Arena.
Miami’s lack of offense has been disappointing this season, but at least the RedHawks had managed to score at least one goal in each of their first 29 games.
Could all of Miami’s problems this season be solved with the return of Blake Coleman for the lineup?