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NMU Hockey Series Snapshot: Viva Ohio Part I — Miami

November 9, 2012 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey team is in the midst of back-to-back trips to Ohio, starting this weekend at Miami and next weekend at Ohio State.

It’s a stretch that could easily destroy any sentimental feelings about the CCHA, especially if you are one of the players, coaches, trainers or media members crammed on a bus for the two 24-hour round trips to the Buckeye State

Note: I am not one of those people. I’m in Marquette holding down the fort during a storm of high school and college football the next two weeks.

On Tuesday, head coach Walt Kyle and the ’Cats were embracing the time away from Marquette, though the happy thoughts came before stepping on the bus Wednesday.

Northern heads to Ohio coming off a Friday shootout loss to Michigan and a tight Saturday win in which sophomore Reed Seckel scored two goals.

Seckel’s goals are significant because ... well ... this happened on Friday night:

That’s Michigan freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba laying a hit on Seckel. The hit earned the Wolverine a five-minute major and game disqualification, resulting in him sitting on Saturday. The CCHA handed out nothing more, however.

The RedHawks and Wolverines met two weeks ago with Michigan winning Game 1 and Miami winning Game 2.

Last week, Miami split on the road with Ferris State, falling 3-0 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.

This weekend will be Miami’s first home CCHA series of the season, and RedHawks senior captain Steven Spinell foresees NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau possibly spoiling the celebration after a strong showing against Miami in two games last year.

Of course, it was Coreau in net last year when Miami crushed NMU 6-0 in Oxford with Coreau giving up four of the six goals.

For Northern Michigan game notes, click here.

For Miami game notes, click here.

A live video feed for this weekend’s series and other Miami RedHawks sporting events can be found here. (expect to pay)

You can also listen to the game live for free via WNMU-FM’s website.

For Twitter coverage of this series, give Miami’s official account a follow. As always, even when NMU is on the road, I’ll be keeping pace with the action on Twitter as well. It’s a great time to toss NMU hockey questions my way since I’m not as focused on the action.



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