OXFORD, Ohio – Blake Coleman scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, to help deliver the Miami hockey team a 4-3 win over No. 4/4 St. Cloud State on Friday night.
Miami (11-15-3, 5-13-1-1 National Collegiate Hockey) snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 2-1 this season against SCSU (17-7-5, 11-5-3-0 NCHC).
The RedHawks fired the first six shots on goal as Miami’s defense tried to force the issue by rushing up to join the attack, but Ryan Faragher stopped each attempt. SCSU went to its first power play of the night 6:34 into the first. Cory Thorson’s blast from the right circle midway through the man advantage slipped by Jay Williams and was sliding towards the net before Matt Joyaux cleared the puck before it could cross the goal line. MU killed the rest of the man advantage off to keep the contest scoreless.
A second power play midway through the period resulted in a Husky goal when Jonny Brodzinski one-timed a shot from the left circle into the top corner of the net. That tally put SCSU ahead 1-0 with 6:50 left in the first period.
MU’s power play struck with a goal of its own with 3:38 remaining in the opening frame. Justin Greenberg led Anthony Louis up ice and he lugged the puck into the attacking zone before dropping it to Austin Czarnik. The Miami captain worked the puck into the slot before netting his 11th goal of the year to even the score at 1-1. That goal capped the first period scoring with SCSU holding a 13-9 edge in shots on goal.
The Red and White came out with energy in the second period, a frame that saw the RedHawks outshoot the Huskies 11-3. Miami took its first lead of the night when Sean Kuraly tipped Trevor Hamilton’s point shot past Faragher at the 10:17 mark to make it a 2-1 game. Matthew Caito also garnered an assist after swinging the puck around to Kuraly in the corner before it went to Hamilton at the blue line.
Playing his first game since Dec. 6, Coleman got on the scoreboard with 5:45 remaining in the second period. The junior caused a turnover in the neutral zone to spring Riley Barber going the other direction. Barber left the puck for Czarnik, whose shot was tipped by Coleman into the top corner to make it 3-1.
Despite the territorial domination by Miami, SCSU pulled within one with 38.6 seconds left on the clock as Joe Rehkamp chipped a puck into the middle that slid into the net to make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes of play.
Miami killed off an early power play to start the third period, maintaining its one-goal margin through an early SCSU onslaught. Needing a little breathing room, Coleman provided a spark once again by blocking an outlet pass and moving behind the Huskies’ defense. He came in from the right side and beat Faragher for his second tally of the night to make it a 4-2 contest.
The Huskies wouldn’t go away and a power play goal by Nic Dowd with 1:08 remaining cut the RedHawk lead to 4-3. Miami’s defense would bear down and kept SCSU from getting the tying goal.
St. Cloud State outshot Miami by a 30-26 margin, but 27 saves by Williams proved big for the Red and White. The Huskies went 2-for-5 on the power play while the RedHawks finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
MU and SCSU conclude the weekend series on Saturday night, opening faceoff is at 7:05 p.m.