Brotherhood welcomes Friars Friday
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012 23:10
After an opening series sweep of Colgate University, the Brotherhood (2-0) look to stay perfect against Providence College this weekend after jumping to fourth in the nation in both the USCHO.com and USAToday polls.
The RedHawks will not to let rankings or past series get in their heads.
“They’re well coached and they’re very disciplined in their system,” Head Coach Enrico Blasi said of Providence. “They’ve got some guys that are highly touted and highly skilled, and we have to make sure that we make strong plays in all three zones.”
Sophomore forward Blake Coleman was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week Monday after tallying two goals and two helpers over the weekend. But it was the overall play of his entire team that Coleman said was the most important factor in the pair of wins, as 11 RedHawks put up points in Saturday’s game.
“With such a big freshman class, I think we need everyone contributing offensively and defensively,” Coleman said. “It puts less pressure on given lines when everyone is producing. You just focus more on doing your job.”
After a strong start to the season, senior captain Steven Spinell said the wins are in the past.
“We had an opening weekend that couldn’t have gone much better,” Spinell said. “With such a young group we need to learn how to hit the reset button – to start over and never be happy with anything. We can’t ever be content. Providence is a good team, and we’re respecting all their talent.”
The Friars have found success early in the season with freshman goaltender Jon Gillies, who has posted a .936 save percentage in his first two games. But the RedHawks boast a pair of well-regarded freshmen netminders, as Ryan McKay and Jay Williams have combined for a .978 save percentage after one game each.
“We’ll evaluate and make sure both of them are doing the job,” Blasi said. “Come Thursday we’ll make a decision on Friday.”
At the other end of the rink, the RedHawks are looking to keep up the scoring.
“[We have to] be patient, and not expect to get out and get a big lead,” Coleman said. “We’ve just got to battle all game and take the bounces we get and make sure we capitalize on our opportunities and are sound offensively. It should be good having the student body back in the rink since it won’t be Fall Break.”
As they head into the Providence series, Miami will key on its strong special teams play and its execution after garnering a .143 shot percentage last weekend.
“I think we’re still in the early stages; we’ve got to work on a lot of aspects of our game,” Blasi said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve done in the past, and that’s focusing on every part of our game and trying to get better at that. We’ll spend some quality time going over both our penalty kill and power play, and our timing and execution.”
Miami opens its last home series for the next three weeks against Providence 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Steve Cady Arena.