Brotherhood blows out Windsor in exhibition
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 01:10
It might have been an exhibition hockey game, but that didn’t stop Miami University from burying the visiting University of Windsor Lancers in an 8-2 route.
Junior forward and captain Austin Czarnik added a tally of his own at 17:12 of the second period, but it wasn’t until the third period that Miami really poured it on.
Five third-period goals accentuated the routing of the Lancers, and it was sophomore forward Alex Gacek who started the surge at 3:29 of the frame.
Mullin joined in the fun with a couple of strikes himself – a nice start to the season after a so-so campaign last year. Mullin said he relishes the fact that he and his class are now the obvious leaders of the team, helping to bring up the younger players and inexperienced freshman.
“It’s fun for us to be juniors and the older guys on the team,” Mullin said. “But the juniors played a hell of a game … everyone from the defense to the offensive freshmen played well and it can only get better from here, so we’re excited to see what they can bring.”
Greenberg said his first collegiate hockey experience was a great one, although he admitted that it was a little strange playing on a new team at a new level. Greenberg formerly played for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League where he notched 25 goals and 32 assists last season.
“It was a little bit overwhelming at first,” Greenberg said. “There’s definitely a lot of history with this team and you have a lot to live up to, a lot expected of you. But at the same time, they’re such great guys on the team that it was an easy adjustment.”
The freshman also spoke highly of the leadership in the RedHawk locker room, as well as the coaching staff.
“Coach Blasi puts us in a position to succeed, and he’s awesome, though I was pretty scared at first,” Greenberg said, resulting in laughter from those around him. “But no, he’s a real player’s coach.”
The player’s coach himself was appreciative of his new class and its respective performances, but noted that there’s still a long way to go for his team to develop and get to a level of play they know they can achieve.
“I thought it was important for them to have good games and they did,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “They’re good players, obviously, and we recruited them for a reason. I thought they handled themselves very well … now we’ll get better everyday and we’ll be playing better hockey as the weeks go on.”
The former had 10 saves in a perfect performance, and the latter held his own with eight stops despite allowing two goals on a late-surge by the Lancers.
Miami opens its regular season next week at The Ohio State University Friday, Oct. 11. The teams will then travel back to Oxford for a Saturday evening game. Both puck drops are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.