For the second straight week a member of the Miami University hockey team has been recognized for his efforts on the ice as redshirt senior forward Marc Hagel was named CCHA Postgame® Offensive Player of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. The honor is the first of Hagel’s career.
Hagel (Hamilton, Ont.) had a career weekend as he helped the RedHawks sweep No. 20 Alaska, extending Miami's win streak to five games. The transfer from Princeton totaled five assists on the weekend, including on both game-winning goals, tallying multiple assists both nights. He entered the weekend with a total of five points this season (and none since Dec. 7), including just three assists. Hagel also posted a +6 rating on the weekend, going +3 each night, as he was on the ice for six of Miami's 10 goals and none of Alaska's three tallies.
In Friday's 4-1 win, he handed out two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal with a deflection in front of the net. In Saturday's 6-2 victory, Hagel dished out a career-high three assists, tying a Miami season high, with his first assist coming on the game-winner that broke a 2-2 tie. The multi-assist games were the first of his Miami career while he now has three multi-point games this season after two against Alaska. Hagel also blocked two shots and put five shots on goal during the weekend.
Last week, freshman defenseman Matthew Caito was tabbed CCHA Gladiator® Defenseman of the Week. A total of six different RedHawks have now combined to win nine CCHA weekly honors this year, including CCHA Postgame® Offensive Player of the Week three times as sophomore forwards Blake Coleman and Austin Czarnik each captured the award earlier this season. Caito has been named Gladiator® Defenseman of the week twice while freshman forward Riley Barber has garnered CCHA Gongshow® Rookie of the Week three times and freshman goaltender Jay Williams has received it once.
Hagel and the No. 3/3 RedHawks look to extend their five-game winning streak this weekend when Miami travels to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a CCHA showdown at No. 6/6 Western Michigan. The battle between the top two teams in the league standings is set for Friday and Saturday with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m. both nights.