Coach Blasi Postgame Audio
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A three-goal first period by Colorado College dug the Miami hockey team into a hole that it couldn’t climb out of in a 4-1 loss on Friday night.
MU drops to 9-11-3 overall and 3-9-1-1 in the National College Hockey Conference.
The Tigers (3-16-4, 3-7-3-1 NCHC) came out aggressively from the opening draw, firing the first six shots on goal. CC got on the board 1:32 after the puck dropped when a breakout led to a 3-on-2 rush. Alex Roos finished a backdoor feed to put his team up 1-0. Gustav Olofsson made it a two-shot game at the 6:14 mark when he moved up to the left point late and wristed a shot through traffic to put the RedHawks into a 2-0 hole.
The Red and White fell back by a 3-0 count with 4:15 remaining in the opening frame after a failed clear kept play alive in their defensive zone. A centering feed went past the intended target, but Charlie Taft came off the bench and reached the puck in the slot. His initial shot was stopped by Ryan McKay, but he got his own rebound and put the puck in. That goal capped the first period scoring, giving the RedHawks their largest first period deficit of the year.
MU started the second period with 1:10 left on its first power play of the night, but was unable to get a shot on goal during the sequence. The Tigers nearly went ahead by four after forcing a turnover at the RedHawks’ blue line and creating a 2-on-1. The puck was moved to Scott Wamsganz on the left side, but McKay made a sliding save to keep the shot out.
The Tigers went on their second power play with 5:12 remaining in the middle stanza, but it was the RedHawks that created the better chances. Sean Kuraly got position deep in the CC zone and slipped a nice backhand pass near the crease to Max Cook, but his close range shot was smothered by CC goalie Josh Thorimbert. Kuraly’s active shift continued when he tried to skate in behind the Tiger defense with the puck, but was taken down with 31 seconds left in the power play. The RedHawks got 1:29 to work with on the power play, but did not fire any shots on goal during the man advantage. Ultimately, neither team found the net in the second period and CC held a 22-16 edge in shots on goal through 40 minutes of play.
A 4-on-4 goal by Sam Rothstein appeared to put CC up 4-0 3:30 into the third period, however a major penalty caught by the linesman occurred 59 seconds earlier. The goal was disallowed and the RedHawks got a five minute power play instead with the clock going back to having 17:31 remaining. MU created a couple chances during the 4-on-3 portion, but once again could not solve Thorimbert during the long man advantage.
Cody Murphy scored his third goal of the year with 46 seconds left when he drove to the net and banged home a rebound. Taylor Richart and Matt Joyaux assisted on the goal to bring MU within 3-1, but CC got an empty net goal from Alexander Krushelnyski with 10 seconds remaining to seal it.
MU outshot CC 31-27 overall, but Thorimbert stopped 30 of the RedHawks’ 31 attempts. McKay made 23 saves for the Red and White. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The RedHawks and Tigers wrap up their weekend series on Saturday night. Opening faceoff is at 9:07 p.m. ET.