OXFORD, Ohio – A three-point night by Anthony Louis got the Miami hockey team off to a strong start, but Minnesota Duluth rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to steal a 5-4 victory away from the RedHawks on Friday night.
Playing for the first time this season, UMD moves to 14-13-4 (9-10-2-2 National Collegiate Hockey) with the win while MU is now 11-17-3 and 5-15-1-1 in conference play.
After a sloppy first few minutes, the RedHawks created the first good scoring opportunity when Anthony Louis and Max Cook’s forecheck caused a Bulldogs turnover. Cook threw the puck towards the net and Louis slammed a couple point blank shots that Aaron Crandall turned aside.
The RedHawks were whistled for the first minor penalty of the night 6:18 into the contest. After holding the Bulldogs to one shot in the first 1:28 of the man advantage, the RedHawks were called for another penalty, making it a 5-on-3 advantage for UMD. Minnesota Duluth took a penalty off the ensuing faceoff to make it a 4-on-3 and ultimately did not score on the power play opportunity.
Miami got to operate with a power play at the 12:15 mark and scored less than a minute in when Austin Czarnik threaded a pass to Blake Coleman for a breakaway goal with 7:04 remaining in the first. Louis also picked up an assist on the Red and White’s power play marker, giving MU a 1-0 lead.
Another good chance presented itself to John Doherty moments later as the speedy forward caught up to a loose puck behind the UMD defense. Doherty slapped a strong shot from the left wing side, but Crandall came out to steer the attempt away.
With time winding down in the first period, a nice cycle by Max Cook and Cody Murphy brought the puck into the slot for Louis, who buried his seventh goal of the season with 1:45 remaining in the first. Louis’ tally capped the first period scoring with the RedHawks outshooting the Bulldogs 7-6.
The Bulldogs scored two goals 1:44 apart early in the second period to even the score at 2-2. After Jay Williams stopped a point shot from Willie Corrin and Caleb Herbert scored on the rebound to cut the RedHawk lead to 2-1 just 1:06 into the secon and Dominic Toninato’s tally evened the score with 17:10 remaining in the middle stanza.
It took 41 seconds for Miami to regain the lead and once again it was Louis involved in the play. After a centering feed from Murphy led to a one-timer that got blocked, Louis got his own rebound and wristed a shot past Crandall to put MU on top 3-2. That lead only lasted 2:25 as Justin Crandall scored in transition to even it up at 3-3 with 14:04 remaining in the second. Herbert scored his second of the period on the power play when he waited out Williams after a centering feed to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the night at 4-3 with 7:50 remaining in the period.
The Red and White killed off a power play with less than four minutes left in the second and drew a five-minute power play with 1:25 remaining in the frame. A deft display of passing by Alex Wideman and Sean Kuraly set Coleman up back door for his second goal of the night with 5.5 seconds remaining in the second period. His 14th of the year left the teams tied at 4-4 through two periods of play.
With 3:35 remaining on the power play to start the third, Miami had a golden opportunity to retake the lead. However, a turnover at the offensive blue line sprung Adam Krause loose for a breakaway goal 1:09 into the period. The RedHawks were whistled for a penalty on the play, negating the majority of the remainder of the power play.
A cycling play led to a wraparound attempt for Coleman with about eight minutes gone by, but Crandall managed to hold his ground and keep the puck out. Other chances for Miami included a heavy Riley Barber wrist shot off a 2-on-2 rush that just missed the far post along with a one-timer by Louis off a faceoff win that also missed the target.
Miami was called for a five-minute major penalty with 4:07 left in the period. With a minute gone by in the power play, the puck got worked across to the left side to Max Tardy for a quick shot that Williams made a strong save on. With 2:02 left, UMD was called for a tripping penalty, evening the ice at 4-on-4. The RedHawks pulled Williams for an extra skater and created some chances in the offensive zone. The best chance came with under 30 seconds remaining when the puck was worked down low to Barber at the left side, but Crandall made the stop and smothered the puck to keep the RedHawks from tying the game.
Minnesota Duluth out shot Miami 33-24 for the game and went 1-for-5 on the power play. MU’s power play scored on two of its five attempts, but Krause’s shorthanded goal was the winning tally.
Louis matched a season high with his three-point night while Coleman’s two-goal outburst was his second multi-goal outing in three games. Murphy also dished out a pair of assists for his first multi-point game since Oct. 19. Williams made 28 saves in his third-straight start while Crandall stopped 20 shots for UMD.