CCHA Game 1 Notebook
CHN Staff Report
Miami rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Northern Michigan in the CCHA semifinals.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the RedHawks scored five unanswered goals to advance to the CCHA Championship for the first time since 1992-93. Miami sophomore forward Nathan Davis netted the game-winning goal, while senior defenseman Andy Greene and sophomore forward Nino Musitelli each tallied a goal and an assist on the night.
Miami has never won a CCHA Tournament title.
Quotes from the aftermath:
Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle — "I have no problem with the effort our guys put in. We played a very good hockey game. Oystrick hit the post and obviously they came back and did a great job."
"The two things it came down to was when Oystrick hit the pipe, Miami came back and they converted on their chances."
Nathan Oystrick, senior defenseman — "I thought we played pretty well overall. Obviously there were a few mishaps. When that happens against a team like Miami they are going to score goals."
"We took it to them in the first period and got two quick ones, but we woke up a sleeping giant."
Pat Bateman, junior forward — "We were just motivated. We have six periods to win a championship. We came out hard and we came out ready to play."
Miami coach Enrico Blasi — "I thought our guys played real hard tonight. One of our goals was to play 60 minutes. Even after the first 20, we were a little concerned about what had happened."
"We were focused, led by Captain Andy Greene, to play 60 minutes and we stuck to our game plan and that's what we did."
Andy Greene, senior defenseman — "Our penalty kill was on tonight as it has been for most of the year. Tonight we were really solid. It really gave us some momentum."
Charlie Effinger, goalie — "It seemed like it happened so fast, (Oystrick's shot) was off the post. I kind of saw him drag to the slot out of the corner of my eye, so I knew that I was going to have to make a quick move to make the play."