by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Enrico Blasi
2006-07 record: 24-14-4 (16-8-4 CCHA); Lost to Boston College in Northeast Regional Final Key Returnees: Ryan Jones F SR., Nathan Davis F SR., Mitch Ganzak D SR., Brad Robbins D SR., Charlie Effinger G SR., Jeff Zatkoff G JR., Kevin Roeder D JR., Raymond Eichenlaub D JR., Alec Martinez D JR., Brian Kaufman F JR., Justin Mercier F JR., Jarod Palmer F SO., Gary Steffes F SO.
Key Losses: Joe Cooper, Marty Guerin, Matt Christie, Geoff Smith
If 2005-06 was a step up for the Miami RedHawks, then in 2006-07, they took the next step. Although the team got swept in the CCHA quarterfinals by Lake Superior, the RedHawks bounced back in the NCAA tournament defeating New Hampshire on New Hampshire soil (Manchester) for the program's first-ever NCAA win.
"As a program we took a step forward," said head coach Enrico Blasi. "It was disappointing at times, but for the most part it was exciting."
The past two seasons there have been numerous factors that went into the success of the RedHawks. The team has gone 50-23-8 over those two seasons. Part of that goes to the goaltending duo of Jeff Zatkoff and Charlie Effinger.
"Both goalies are capable of winning," said Blasi about his one-two goaltending punch. "They push each other to do better."
Another factor was the scoring duo of Nathan Davis and Ryan Jones.
"They are the hardest working people on the ice," Blasi said. Jones will serve as the team's captain in 2007-08 while Davis will be an assistant captain with defenseman Kevin Roeder.
The class of 2011 is small, with five, but expect this class to be productive.
"We got a new crop of guys," Blasi said. "They will complement the time, contribute and play a role. They will also be learning about the program as a team."
This year's class includes four forwards (Carter Camper, Pat Cannone, Tommy Wingels and Justin Vaive) and one defenseman (Vincent LoVerde).
"Our goal is to continue to take a step forward," said Blasi. "We had a good vision the past couple years. Our time is coming."
No matter what, Miami has built a solid, stabilized program. And with the new Steve Cady Arena, the recruiting will be even better.