Ohio - After
a slow start out of the gate and falling behind early, the No. 3 Miami hockey
team received three unanswered goals from freshmen and fought off a feisty Lake
Superior State team en route to a 3-2 victory Friday night at Steve Cady Arena.
marked the RedHawks' fourth straight victory and extended the team's unbeaten
streak to eight games. First-place Miami improved to 10-2-3 overall and 7-2-2-2
in the CCHA, while the Lakers dropped to 7-10-0 and 4-7-0-0 in league play.
didn't start the game the way we wanted to, but we got back to it in the second
and third and moved the puck quick," freshman Riley Barber
said. "I think we did well. We really want to win. We have a lot of young
guys with a lot of energy. I think the whole bench knew we were going to get
that one back and win the game."
Morris netted the game-tying goal for Miami with 4:23 to go in the second
period. The rookie knocked in a loose puck in the crease after a Steven Spinell
shot was saved and senior Curtis
McKenzie poked the rebound free. The goal was Morris' third of the season.
three minutes later, freshman Sean Kuraly
took advantage of another rebound. This time, LSSU goalie Kevin Kapalka
couldn't control redshirt senior Marc Hagel's
shot and Kuraly found the back of the net, banging home the blocked shot at the
near post. It was his third goal of the season, as well. Classmate Chris Joyaux
also received an assist on the play.
outshot Lake Superior State 24-5 in the second frame and 45-25 for the game,
marking a season high for shots.
into the final frame, Barber increased Miami's lead to 3-1, scoring the
game-winner on a wicked wrist shot from the left circle that was perfectly
struck in the upper-right corner of the net over Kapalka's left shoulder.
Barber's unassisted goal was his seventh of the season, tying for the team lead.
was one of those nights where you have to find a way to score and the best way
to do it is to crash the net for those two goals and then Barber made it
3-1," Miami head coach Enrico Blasi
said. "When you play Lake Superior, every game on the ice is contested.
You have to stay composed and find a way to win. I expect them to play the same
way tomorrow night (Saturday). I think when you play a Lake Superior team you
have to be ready to compete. All three zones need to be very cleaned up. We've
got to make plays from there."
opened the game's scoring on the power play at the 11:16 mark of the first
period. Stephen Perfetto sent in a quick shot and Kellan Lain was there to push
it past freshman netminder Jay Williams,
who finished with 23 saves.
another power play goal four minutes into the third stanza on a backhand shot
from Chris Ciotti to cut the Lakers' deficit to one at 3-2. Lake Superior
pulled Kapalka in the closing minutes in favor of the extra attacker but was
unable to find the equalizer as the RedHawks kept their win streak alive.
scored both their goals on the power play, finishing 2-of-3 with the man-advantage,
while Miami was 0-of-4 on the power play. Kapalka totaled 42 saves in defeat.
continues its two-game conference series against Lake Superior State Saturday
night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Following the game will be Autograph
Night when fans can get their favorite Miami gear signed by the team. This
weekend's home stand will be the RedHawks' last until Jan. 25 when they host