OXFORD, Ohio It took 24 hours longer than they might have expected but Miami University claimed the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over Ohio State at Steve Cady Arena.
Curtis McKenzie, Riley Barber, Blake Coleman and Cody Murphy scored goals while freshman Ryan McKay stopped 25 of the 27 shots he saw as the RedHawks, ranked No. 3 in the nation, earned the top seed in the upcoming CCHA tournament in front of 3,618 fans. Miami (22-9-5) finished with 59 points, three points ahead of Notre Dame, for its fourth CCHA championship and has a bye to the second round of the league playoffs.
The CCHA is disbanding after 42 years as the landscape of college hockey changes with the creation next season of a Big Ten hockey conference and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, of which Miami will become a member. Ohio State was a charter member of the CCHA in 1971 while Miami joined the league in 1981.
Steve Cady, who was...