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RedHawks Win National Championship!!!
Monday, 03.17.2014 / 2:58 PM / Uncategorized
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In what can only be described as a magical moment for the women’s hockey program and Miami University, the Lady RedHawks have captured the 2014 ACHA Women’s Division I National Championship!
Miami took on the University of Massachusetts in the title game Sunday afternoon. In a battle between the top two ranked teams in the country it was surely going to be a classic. Miami, just like it did in its semi final game against Liberty University, came out flying to start the game. The RedHawks put constant pressure on UMass and their senior goaltender Chelsea Correll. The pressure would eventually get to UMass and at the 11:05 mark of the first period Freshman Cassidy Guthrie picked up a loose puck at her own blueline and weaved her way through the UMass defense into the zone and slid a forehand shot under the pads of Correll to give the RedHawks the 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later, Miami wasn’t done. Fellow Freshman Jordan Hanson, who had been buzzing around the net all tournament, finally was able to find pay dirt as she walked across the blueline, made a slight cut to the middle of the ice and rocketed a wrist shot top corner over Correll’s blocker that sent the water bottle flying and gave the RedHawks the 2-0 lead after the 1st period.
UMass was able to find their groove in the second period and found some offensive chances but Senior goaltender Dana Lovin stood tall in net. The Minutewomen were able to find the back of the net early in the second period on a shorthanded goal that handcuffed Lovin to cut the lead to 2-1. However Miami would answer seven minutes later on the power play when Freshman Kaley Mooney took a pass from fellow Freshman Katie Augustine and rifled a wrist shot high blocker to give the RedHawks the two goal cushion back and a lead they would not relinquish.
The third period saw Miami give no space to UMass. The RedHawks kept the pressure up and really challenged UMass to go 200 ft to make a play, something they were unable to do. When she faced an opportunity, Lovin was there to make the save and close the door on any hopes UMass may have had.
The RedHawks were able to close out UMass to win its first National Championship just three short years after its inception. Miami was able to complete the tri-fecta this year by winning the CCWHA regular season title, the CCWHA conference tournament title, and the National Championship. Miami finished the year with an astounding 30-2-3 record.
Some other fun facts from the weekend and the year. Miami only gave up 40 goals in 35 games played this year. They scored 167 goals in those 35 games, giving Miami a +127 goal differential on the year. At the National tournament Miami was 5-13 on the power play.
From all involved in the Miami women’s hockey program, we would like to thank everyone around the University, the country, and the world for their support on this tremendous journey. We sincerely appreciate the support and hope to see all of you back with us in September when we start another journey!