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NCAA Tourney Preview: Miami

Miami just barely snuck into the tournament as the last team to receive an at-large bid. The Redhawks had a pretty good season, that ended on a bit of a sour note. They lost their last three games of the season, including being swept at home by Lake Superior in the second round of the CCHA playoffs.

They were pretty much even against tournament teams. They split with Michigan, split with Michigan State, lost and tied Notre Dame, and beat St. Lawrence and lost to Clarkson the next night.

Miami has continued to split time between goalies Jeff Zatkoff and Charlie Effinger, though Zatkoff has received the last five starts. I think Zatkoff will likely start against New Hampshire.

Star forward Nathan Davis saw his production slow a little in the second half of the season. He still put up points, but he had few multipoint games in the second half of the season like he did in the first half. Davis and teammate Ryan Jones are both incredibly effective on the powerplay.

Not many people are giving the Redhawks a chance against New Hampshire, but I think the Redhawks match up pretty well with the Wildcats. If Davis and Jones can outplay Trevor Smith and Matt Fornataro, I think Miami has a decent chance of winning.

If the Redhawks do get past New Hampshire, they would either play a St. Lawrence team that they beat earlier this season, or a Boston College team that beat them in the NCAA tournament last season.