Miami at Providence preview with RedHawks coach Rico Blasi: USCHO Game of the Week episode 12

Enrico Blasi 2017 Nov. 11 The University of North Dakota hosts Miami of Ohio in a NCHC matchup at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND (Bradley K. Olson)
Enrico Blasi’s Miami Redhawks travel to Providence for a pair of games this weekend. (File photo: Bradley K. Olson)

The first Game of the Week for 2019 is Miami’s Saturday game at Providence, the second of a weekend non-conference series. RedHawks coach Rico Blasi previews the matchup.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also look ahead to some other key contests:

No. 1 St. Cloud faces No. 14 Union, while Brown takes on host Robert Morris in the Three Rivers Classic;

The Ice Vegas Invitational features No. 17 Western Michigan vs. Connecticut and St. Lawrence vs. Air Force;

Boston College looks to snap its long non-conference winless streak in a pair at No. 15 Arizona State;

Plus match ups in ECAC Hockey, the Big Ten, and the WCHA.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.