The Denver Pioneers take the ice against the Miami RedHawks in the second game of the Frozen Faceoff.

#(4) Denver 22-12-2, 13-10-1-1 vs. #(2) Miami (Ohio) 23-13-1, 14-9-1-1

Series history

Miami and Denver split the season series (2-2-0, .500). Denver outscored Miami 13-12.

The Numbers

Game Time: Friday 7:08 pm. CT
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last time out: Miami Beat WMU (5-3 W, 5-7 L, 4-0 W)
Last time out: DU swept UMD (4-3 W, 4-0 W)
MU Offense: 12th Nationally
MU Defense: 22th Nationally
MU PWR: 7th
MU Last 10 games: 6-4-0 (.600)
DU Offense: 10th Nationally
DU Defense: 24th Nationally
DU PWR: 3rd
UND Last 10 games: 6-3-1 (.650)
TV: Friday:  CBS Sports Network, DirecTV 221, DISH Network 158
Live Streaming: None

Key players

Miami RedHawks – Forward: Austin Czarnik (8g-32a—40pts), Riley Barber (19g-18a—37pts), Anthony Louis (7g-25a—32tps), Blake Coleman (17g-16a—33pts), Sean Kuraly (18g-9a—27pts), Alex Wideman (7g-10a—17pts). Defense: Matthew Caito (3g-17a—20pts), Louie Belpedio (5g-11a—16pts), Ben Paulides (3g-6a—9pts). Goalie: Jay Williams (17-8-0, 1.84 GAA, .920 SV%), Ryan McKay (6-5-1, 3.09 GAA, .899 SV%).

Denver – Forwards: Danton Heinen (16g-28a—44pts), Trevor Moore (20g-20a—40pts), Daniel Doremus (7g-15a—22pts), Quentin Shore (9g-14a—23pts). Defense: Joey LaLeggia (13g-25a—38pts), Nolan Zajac (5g-19a—24pts), Will Butcher (2g-13a—15pts), Adam Plant (1g-9a—10pts). Goalies: Tanner Jaillet (13-6-0, 2.04 GAA and a .928 SV%), Evan Cowley (9-6-2, 2.42 GAA,  and a .928 SV%).

Denver University – The Pioneers penalty kill is ranked 8th in the nation (100/120, 83.3%). The Pioneers power play is ranked 7th in the nation (29/134 21.6%).

Miami RedHawks – The RedHawks penalty kill is ranked 25th in the nation (128/153, 83.7%). The RedHawks power play is ranked 19th in the nation (327/163 19.6%).

Prediction

I think the DenverPioneer intangibles will be too much for the RedHawks to overcome. The RedHawks need three games to win the series against the Broncos. Pioneers win 5-3.

About The Author

College Hockey Writer, Contributing Editor

Eric Burton is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers college hockey and the University of North Dakota for Inside Hockey. Eric is the editor of the SIN BIN. Lastly, Eric was the college hockey writer for The Hockey Writers.

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