Outstanding goaltending by Charlie Lindgren and highlight reel goals by the Huskies produced a 5-1 road win for #3 ranked SCSU over Miami at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, OH on Friday. Despite being outshot 17-6 in the first period and having to depend on Lindgren for some game saving saves, the Huskies persisted and let their big play offense take over in this key NCHC road win. The victory improved SCSU’s overall record to 23-5-1 and their NCHC record to 13-3-1 for 41 league points and a first-place tie with idle North Dakota.
With Miami carrying the play in period one and Lindgren making numerous quality saves, the Huskies were able to keep the contest scoreless until senior captain Ethan Prow took control with seconds left in the period. Prow (Morley/Newell) scored on a great effort at 19:21 curling with the puck from the side wall and backhanding a shot from between the dots that beat Miami’s Jay Williams glove side high for a 1-0 lead. This was a frustrating blow for the RedHawks who outshot the Huskies 17-6 in period one.
Miami responded quickly in period two with a goal by first-year forward Josh Melnick, a mere 15 seconds into the period on a rebound goal. A turnover by the Huskies resulted in a Miami shot on goal from the right circle and Melnick was there to put the puck past Lindgren to tie the game at 1-1. But, two big plays by the Huskies put the game out of reach for the RedHawks. First, at 11:35, David Morley (Widman/Benik) got behind the Miami defense and retrieved a rink length pass from Nate Widman for a breakaway on goal. Morley made a nifty forehand to backhand move beating Williams with a backhand shot for a 2-1 SCSU lead. Next, at 14:07 was another highlight reel goal on a great individual effort by Judd Peterson. Peterson wound up at his own blueline and stormed down the left side of the ice powering his way past the Miami defense and beating Williams short side for a 3-1 Husky advantage. In an obviously much better period for SCSU, the Huskies outshot Miami 13-9.
Period three had the Huskies padding their lead on goals by Blake Winiecki and Patrick Russell. On a picture perfect passing play off a 3 x 2, Jimmy Murray hit Ryan Papa with a pass who quickly served it to Blake Winiecki who had an easy tap in for a 4-1 lead. The Huskies capped off the scoring for the evening with Patrick Russell’s 14th goal of the season. Off a 2 x 1, Kalle Kossila threaded a pass to Russell who was waiting at the goalmouth to flip the puck over Williams for the 5-1 final. SCSU was outshot 10-5 in period three.
Despite being outshot 36-24 for the game, Charlie Lindgren turned aside 35 of 36 Miami shots on goal in another tremendous effort to improve his record to 22-5-1. Miami’s Jay Williams allowed 5 goals on 24 shots in a rough outing for the senior goaltender. In a game with limited penalties, SCSU was 0/2 on the man advantage while Miami was 0/3. The Huskies took 3 penalties for 6 minutes while the RedHawks were penalized twice for 4 minutes.
Stars of the Game: #1 Lindgren (SCSU) #2 Morley (SCSU) #3 Peterson (SCSU)
SCSU had scoring from five different players in Fridays 5-1 win over Miami (photo prout)
Miami scored three times in the second period and held off SCSU for a 3-2 win Saturday (photo prout)
MIAMI REBOUNDS FOR 3-2 WIN OVER #3 RANKED HUSKIES SATURDAY
Tied for fourth in the NCHC, the Miami RedHawks had little margin for error entering this weekends series with SCSU. After losing 5-1 on Friday, they dipped to 5th in the NCHC standings and really had their back to the wall with one home series remaining on their league schedule. As a result, the RedHawks dug down and earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over the #3 ranked Huskies on Saturday at the Goggin Ice Center. For the Huskies, it was a missed opportunity to steal a close game on the road and put more pressure on North Dakota who was idle this weekend. The end result was the Huskies first league road loss of the season (6-1-1) and left them tied with UND for the conference lead as SCSU heads into an off weekend.
In a mirror image of Friday nights contest, the Huskies were outshot 11-5 in period one but entered the intermission with a one-goal lead thanks to a late period goal by first-year defenseman, Jimmy Schuldt. Schuldt ( Prow/Newell) scored his 7th goal of the season at 18:15 on a wrist shot after being slid a pass from Ethan Prow along the Miami blueline. His shot deflected past Miami goaltender Jay Williams to cap off another frustrating end to a period for the RedHawks.
But, in response, similar to Friday’s game, the RedHawks Josh Melnick tied the game at 1-1 at 5:54 of period two on a one-timer from the left slot as the teams were skating 4 X 4. They extended their lead at 7:16 on a power move by Sean Kuraly who skated in at Lindgren’s left and beat him short side for a 2-1 Miami lead. The Huskies were victimized once more before the end of the period on a one-timer by Kiefer Sherwood for his sixth goal of the year. Sherwood was fed a goalmouth pass by Jack Roslovic that he buried for a two-goal Miami lead. SCSU made things interesting scoring before the end of period two on a nice rush up ice by the Huskies on a 3 X 2. Kalle Kossila who was leading the rush dished the puck off to Mikey Eyssimont skating into the zone on his left who made a goalmouth pass to Patrick Russell who tipped it past Williams for a 3-2 game. SCSU was outshot 12-7 in period two.
Despite outshooting the RedHawks 12-7 in period three, the Huskies and RedHawks skated to a scoreless period and a hard-fought and much needed home win for Miami.
The Huskies were outshot 29-23 for the game with SCSU’s Lindgren stopping 26/29 Miami shots on goal. Lindgrens record drops to 22-6-1 with the loss. Miami’s Jay Williams picked up his 6th win of the season and turned aside 21/23 SCSU shots on goal. The Huskies potent power play was held scoreless again in three man-advantage opportunities and was held scoreless by college hockey’s top PK unit in 5 opportunities over the weekend. The Huskies power play has been shut down in three consecutive games and is 0-7 since the championship game of the North Star College Cup. A bright spot was the Huskies penalty kill which did not allow a power play in seven opportunities for Miami this weekend.
Stars of the Game: 31 Kuraly (Miami) #2 Sherwood (Miami) #3 Melnick (Miami)