COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 Miami Hockey used strong special teams, scoring three power play goals and finishing 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, to drop former CCHA rival Ohio State, 6-2, in the season opener. Six different RedHawks scored as they jumped out to an early lead in the first period and then broke a third-period tie with a four-goal outburst.
Miami (1-0-0) started the scoring at 7:47 of the first period after two Buckeyes (0-1-0) had been sent to the penalty box just 24 seconds apart from each other. On the two-man advantage Barber manned the point, taking a pass from Kuraly and moving toward the goal from the blue like. He sent in a wrister from the high slot that bounced off the back boards right to junior captain Austin Czarnik’s stick where he sent the rebound past Ohio State goaltender Collin Olson for the 1-0 Miami lead.
Just 15 seconds later another penalty put Miami back on the 5-on-3 power play and again the Red and White capitalized as Barber set up junior Alex Wideman with a cross-ice pass that Wideman finished for the 2-0 lead at 8:51 of the opening frame. Kuraly earned the second assist on the play.
Throughout the rest of the first period Miami fought off an Ohio State power play and went to the locker rooms at the first intermission with the two-goal lead. During the frame, the RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes by a 12-10 margin. The evenly-matched second period saw Miami take two more penalties and again kill off the ensuing OSU power plays while also outshooting the home team 11-10.
The third period was an extreme change of pace as the Buckeyes lit the lamp 20 seconds in to cut the Miami lead to 2-1. After the goal Ohio State maintained the pressure and just over 2:30 later again found the back of the net to tie things up at 2-2 before three minutes had run off the clock in the final period.
In need of a quick answer, juniors Jimmy Mullin and Cody Murphy provided a spark when Mullin carried the puck into the offensive zone, drew three defenders toward him and dropped it back to the trailing Murphy who sent a slapshot past Olson to retake the lead at 3-2 at 3:22 of the third period.
Junior Blake Coleman added to the Miami lead when he carried the puck into the Ohio State zone and passed back to Mullin. As Mullin took a shot on net, Coleman broke toward the middle of the ice where he picked up a loose puck outside of the crease and finished it for a 4-2 Miami lead at 7:39 of the third frame.
Over the final six minutes, two RedHawks picked up the first goals of their college careers. Freshman Anthony Louis finished a one-timer from sophomore Taylor Richard past the OSU goalie with 5:42 left on the clock. Junior Ben Paulides finished off the scoring for the RedHawks with 1:55 left to play when he used a one-time slap shot on a pass from sophomore Alex Gacek to beat Olson for the 6-2 Miami lead.
The RedHawks finished 3-for-8 on the power play and outshot the Buckeyes 38-28. Miami also held a 41-29 advantage on faceoffs.
Miami will host Ohio State Saturday night back atArena to finish off the home-and-home series. The opening puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.