OXFORD, Ohio – Devin Loe’s third goal of the season gave the Miami University hockey team a second-period lead, but Nebraska Omaha scored five-unanswered goals to send the RedHawks to a 5-1 loss on Saturday.
MU (9-10-3, 3-8-1-1 National Collegiate Hockey) finishes the season series 0-3-1 with a shootout win over UNO (9-11-2, 6-4-2-1 NCHC).
The RedHawks got their first opportunity with the power play just over five minutes into the game after Bryon Paulazzo’s strong positioning forced UNO to commit an offensive zone penalty. The puck worked around in front of the net to Riley Barber early on for a good look during the man advantage, but no MU shots were attempted during a scoreless two minutes.
Miami had one more power play that it was unable to convert on, though the penalty kill was a perfect 2-for-2 in the period to match UNO’s special teams. The Mavericks got one dangerous opportunity with under two minutes left in the first when their top scorer, Josh Archibald, got a breakaway that Jay Williams stopped cold with his right pad. The game remained scoreless going into the first intermission after a period that UNO held an 11-5 lead in shots.
It took just 1:24 for Miami to get on the board in the second period. Jimmy Mullin led the puck ahead to Sean Kuraly, who drove the puck wide and put a shot on net. Loe crashed the net and tapped the puck in for his third goal of the year to put the RedHawks ahead 1-0.
The Red and White had a golden opportunity to go up by a pair when Austin Czarnik fed Anthony Louis coming through the middle. Louis got two shots from the slot, but UNO’s Ryan Massa was there to make both saves. MU committed a penalty shortly thereafter, which the RedHawks killed off. MU got another power play right after the successful penalty kill, but was unable to score once again.
UNO evened the score with 7:45 remaining in the second when Dominic Zombo corralled a rebound from an Ian Brady shot and fed Johnnie Searfoss on the other side of the goal to make it 1-1. The RedHawks went onto another power play 50 seconds later, but could not convert.
The Mavericks took their first lead of the weekend with 4:24 remaining in the period when Johnnie Searfoss redirected Brian Cooper’s point shot. Once again, MU went on a power play shortly after to get another opportunity to break through late in the period, but the frame ended with UNO holding a 2-1 lead.
At the 2:02 mark of the third period, the RedHawks drew another power play. However, the Mavericks allowed only one shot on goal during another scoreless two minutes. A few minutes later, Czarnik intercepted an outlet pass and fed the puck to Louis on the left side for a shot, one of seven for the freshman, at the circle that Massa turned away.
A five-minute major penalty on the RedHawks with 11:07 remaining broke the game open for the Mavericks. UNO scored 43 seconds into its continuous power play with Archibald finishing a cross-ice pass from Jake Guentzel to put the Mavericks up 3-1. UNO struck again 23 seconds later when Austin Ortega jammed in a loose puck from in close to make it a three-goal game.
Another MU penalty gave UNO a two-man advantage for 1:11 and the Mavericks got another power play goal from Archibald with two seconds remaining in that sequence to cap the scoring at 5-1. That goal gave Archibald a hat trick.
The Mavericks finished up with a 28-26 edge in shots on goal and went 3-for-7 on the power play while killing off all seven RedHawk man advantages. Williams made 23 saves in net for MU while UNO's Massa stopped 26 shots.
Miami hits the road next weekend with a series at Colorado College. Friday night’s series opener begins at 9:37 p.m. ET.