ST. CLOUD, Minn. – David Morley’s goal at the 10:52 mark of the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and sent the No. 7 Miami hockey team to a 2-1 loss at No. 3/4 St. Cloud State in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday.
The setback snaps the RedHawks’ (6-3-1, 2-2-0-0 National Collegiate Hockey) three-game winning streak as they walk away with a weekend split with the Huskies (7-2-1, 3-1-0-0 NCHC).
The Huskies outshot the RedHawks 5-2 in the opening six minutes and change, but McKay was equal to the task. SCSU got an early power play just under four minutes in to help establish pressure, though the RedHawks penalty killers continued their strong weekend with their sixth-straight kill.
SCSU got another power play at the 11:30 mark when an offensive zone penalty put MU shorthanded again. The Huskies created some strong chances from in close, but McKay turned away each try to keep them off the board.
With 1:57 left in the period, the RedHawks created a nice rush in transition. Alex Wideman swung the puck to Sean Kuraly just above the right faceoff circle. Kuraly fed a soft shot towards the net that Max Cook redirected through Ryan Faragher for his first goal of the season to put MU up 1-0. That tally was his first since scoring an empty netter against Minnesota State in the NCAA Tournament on March 30, 2013. That tally gave MU a 1-0 lead at intermission despite SCSU’s 15-10 edge in shots.
The Red and White killed off a carryover penalty to start the second period, but SCSU finally found the net 1:34 into the frame for its first goal of the series. The Huskies converted on a transition rush when Garrett Milan crashed the net and scored on a rebound off a Ryan Papa shot. Joe Rehkamp also assisted on the tying goal.
With new life, the Huskies began to impose themselves and drew another power play opportunity. MU stood tall for another two minutes and killed off a ninth-straight SCSU try. The Huskies continued pressuring, however, outshooting the RedHawks 7-0 in the first 11 minutes of the period.
MU began to get things going after the midway point of the period and took the next few shots on net. With 7:12 left in the period, the RedHawks went onto their first power play of the night. MU took four shots, but couldn’t get one past Faragher during its man advantage. That first penalty began a stretch of three-straight MU power plays. The RedHawks took seven shots during those man advantages, but couldn’t solve Faragher. MU ended up outshooting SCSU 12-10 in the period, but the score was tied at 1-1 after two periods.
The Red and White saw the remainder (three seconds) of a carryover power play expire to start the third period, but they did create two of the first three shots. With 14:45 left, the RedHawks found themselves shorthanded for the fifth time in the game and the 10th time in the series. The penalty killing unit stood tall once more and even created a couple scoring chances when Riley Barber fired a shot off a faceoff win and Austin Czarnik got a stick on the rebound. That effort kept the contest tied near the midway point of the period.
With 9:08 left, SCSU played the puck into the corner and negated an icing call to keep the play alive in the MU end. With play continuing, the Huskies played the puck to David Morley, who found an opening in the slot and scored his first of the season to give them their first lead of the series.
The RedHawks fired three more shots in the final nine minutes and change, but Faragher was able to stop all of them to keep them from tying it up.
The Huskies outshot the RedHawks, 35-30 in the contest. The penalty killers for both teams were perfect once again with MU killing off all five SCSU power plays and the RedHawks going 0-for-3 with the man advantage. The teams combined to kill off all 15 power play chances (10 for SCSU and five for MU) in the series.
Ryan McKay made his second-straight start and was strong with 33 saves on 35 shots. Nevertheless, he suffered his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1-1. Ryan Faragher stopped 29 of 30 RedHawk shots.
The Red and White return home on Friday when they host Wisconsin at Steve Cady Arena. That game begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.