MADISON, Wis. - Locked in a defensive battle that was scoreless through two periods, the No. 8 Miami hockey team suffered another tough, low-scoring loss as Wisconsin pulled out a 1-0 win Friday night at the Kohl Center on a goal midway through the third period. The RedHawks (12-6-5) are now riding a season-long four-game winless streak while the Badgers (9-7-5) extended their winning streak to seven games and unbeaten streak to 11 games.
Miami finished with a 26-20 advantage in shots on goal, but UW netminder Joel Rumpel stopped all 26 shots to hand the RedHawks their fourth shutout of the season. Freshman goaltender Jay Williams made 19 saves in the defeat for the 'Hawks.
For the sixth time in the last 10 Miami games, the two sides went into the first intermission scoreless with the RedHawks holding a 12-7 edge in shots. Wisconsin had the best chances early, but Williams made back-to-back point-blank saves in the first five minutes. Miami earned the lone power play of the period and fired four shots on net but Rumpel came up with big saves each time, while he also robbed freshman forward Sean Kuraly on a one-timer in the slot earlier in the frame.
Neither team was able to generate many chances in the second stanza despite an 8-4 advantage in shots for the 'Hawks over the middle 20 minutes. The Badgers had one power play in the period but were unable to put a shot on goal, sending the contest to the third period deadlocked at 0-0.
With 12:50 remaining in the final frame, Joseph LaBate hit the crossbar after a Miami turnover created 2-on-1 rush, but the game remained scoreless. LaBate broke the deadlock, however, with 8:28 remaining on a sharp wrister from the left circle that snuck between Williams' left arm and his body. The goal was unassisted.
Sophomore forward Cody Murphy nearly tied it in the final minute but his shot hit the outside of the post. The 'Hawks pulled Williams in the final 30 seconds in favor of the extra attacker but Miami could not find the equalizer and suffered its third 1-0 loss of the year.
Freshman forward Alex Gacek led Miami with a game-high six shots on goal while Murphy put five on net. Each team was whistled for just one penalty in the game, a season low for Miami, while both squads were 0-for-1 on the power play.
The RedHawks and Badgers square off again Saturday in a non-conference contest at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT at the Kohl Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin+ (FS Wisconsin alternate channel).