OXFORD, Ohio – Ryan Faragher stopped 33 shots to prevent the Miami hockey team from securing a weekend sweep on Saturday night.
Despite a 33-26 shot advantage, the RedHawks (11-16-3, 5-14-1-1 National Collegiate Hockey) dropped a 3-0 decision to the fourth-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies (18-7-5, 12-5-3 NCHC).
SCSU drew first blood with 4:14 gone by as Jimmy Murray was fed in transition by Jonny Brodzinski and scored as he was pulled down to make it 1-0. The play also led to a double minor penalty on the RedHawks and two power play opportunities for the Huskies. SCSU converted on its first attempt with David Morley scoring on another transition rush with 14:24 remaining in the first period.
The RedHawks had opportunities to go on the attack with power plays starting at the 12:25 and 18:15 marks, respectively, but were unable to score on any of their four power play shots. Miami went to the locker room trailing by those two goals after being outshot 9-7 in the first 20 minutes of play.
Miami put together some better chances in the second period and went on a power play with 10:58 left in the middle stanza. Miami’s best opportunity with the man advantage came on a nice cross ice feed from Anthony Louis to Austin Czarnik at the left circle, but Faragher got back in position to make a strong save. Shortly after the Miami power play expired, the puck was sent to Blake Coleman at the top of the crease for a point-blank chance that Faragher again steered aside. The RedHawks outshot the Huskies 12-9 in the second period, but Faragher’s play kept the score 2-0 in favor of the Huskies.
Miami got an early power play in the third period and peppered SCSU with four shots on goal and three more attempts, but the Huskies held the RedHawks off the board again. The Huskies’ power play connected again with 5:50 remaining when Nic Dowd tipped Ethan Prow’s point shot to put the game away at 3-0.
The RedHawks outshot the Huskies 33-26 overall, including 26-17 in the final two periods of play, but Faragher stopped all 33 shots to hand Miami its first shutout loss since March 15, 2013. SCSU’s special teams struck with two power-play goals in three attempts while holding MU to 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Jay Williams made his second-straight start in goal for the RedHawks and stopped 23 shots.
Miami concludes its home schedule next weekend when it hosts Minnesota Duluth for a two-game series. Friday’s series opener starts at 7:35 p.m.