ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Ryan McKay stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his second-straight shutout and the No. 7 Miami hockey team topped No. 3/4 St. Cloud State 2-0 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday night.
The RedHawks (6-2-1, 2-1-0-0 National Collegiate Hockey) have won three straight while handing the Huskies (5-1-1, 2-1-0-0 NCHC) their first loss of the season.
Both teams had some chances in the early going as shots were 3-2 in favor of SCSU early on. The Huskies got the first crack on the power play with under 14 minutes left in the period, but it was the RedHawks who managed to find their legs from there. MU allowed only one shot during a strong penalty kill effort and then turned the tide at even strength. The RedHawks outshot the Huskies, 12-4 over the final 11:39 of the period following the penalty kill.
Despite the flurry of shots, MU was unable to solve SCSU goalie Ryan Faragher, who made 14 first-period saves to keep the game scoreless. Fourth line forwards Kevin Morris and Cody Murphy were particularly active, firing three shots on goal apiece and seeing some time with other lines due to their effectiveness.
The RedHawks got a golden opportunity with 57 seconds left in the first when Ryan Papa was whistled for a five minute major and a game misconduct after a hit from behind. While MU was turned aside twice in the final minute by Faragher, it still entered the second period with over four minutes to work with on the extended penalty.
SCSU killed off the power play with the help of seven Faragher saves and immediately got a power play of its own shortly after the major penalty expired. Undeterred, MU calmly stymied the SCSU man advantage, even creating a couple shorthanded rushes that it couldn’t put in the net. Shortly after returning to even strength, the RedHawks got set up at the far corner and Alex Wideman feathered a pass to Matt Joyaux in the slot. The freshman fired a shot through traffic for his first collegiate goal 7:08 into the period. Sean Kuraly also assisted on the goal that put MU up 1-0.
With 10:03 left in the period, Matt Joyaux was sent to the box for slashing as he prevented a scoring chance by SCSU. The Huskies took two shots on goal and had several others blocked while pinning the RedHawks in their end, but once again the MU penalty killing unit stood tall.
SCSU had one more opportunity with the man advantage with 4:43 left, but Ryan McKay was strong in turning away two shots and the RedHawks defense held the Huskies off the board to maintain a 1-0 lead after two periods. The Huskies did end up outshooting the RedHawks 11-10 in the second, but MU held SCSU 0-for-3 on the power play in that period.
Miami got its second power play of the night just under four minutes into the third period, but was unable to add to the lead. The RedHawks were whistled for a penalty with 18 seconds left in the man advantage. Once the Huskies power play started, McKay stood tall once again with two saves to keep the penalty kill perfect on the night.
At the 8:42 mark, the nation’s top scoring duo got into the action. Austin Czarnik won an offensive zone faceoff clean to Riley Barber, who wristed a strong shot in far side for his ninth goal this season to make it 2-0.
From that point on, SCSU pressed for offense and created several chances. The Huskies outshot the RedHawks 9-3 in the last 11:18 of regulation, but McKay was there to block every attempt and secure the win for the Red and White.
Both teams attempted 31 shots, with Cody Murphy and Jimmy Mullin leading MU with five apiece. McKay stopped 31 attempts and Faragher turned awway 29 of 31 shots for SCSU. Miami’s penalty kill was big in the win, killing off all five Husky power plays. The RedHawks went 0-for-2 in a little under seven minutes on the power play, though did take nine shots with the man advantage.
In addition to the strong play by McKay, the RedHawks blocked 17 shots to shutout the Huskies.
McKay now has six-career shutouts after putting up his second-straight perfect outing. He has made 51 saves the last two games and has not allowed a goal in 161:09.
The RedHawks and Huskies close out their weekend series on Saturday night, opening faceoff is at 8:07 p.m.