OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University scored four times on the power play on their way to a 7-1 win over the UConn Huskies and a weekend sweep in a non-conference series. The Huskies drop their third-straight and fall to 2-5-1 overall on the year.
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 after the first period but a late second period shorthanded goal from freshman Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.) cut the lead in half heading into the third.
Miami wasted little time taking control in the third, scoring the first of five goals in the period just 1:25 in. The RedHawks got two goals and an assist from senior defenseman Louie Belpedio while sophomore Gordie Green chipped in a goal and two helpers. Miami outshot the Huskies 44-18 in the win and finished the night 4-of-7 on the power play.
Junior Kiefer Sherwood tacked on a power play goal and added an assist. In goal, sophomore Ryan Larkin stopped 17 shots to earn the win for the second-straight night.
UConn’s Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) made 28 saves before being pulled in the third. Senior Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) made nine saves in relief. The Huskies were 0-for-3 on the power play.
UConn’s Friday night offensive struggles carried over to the first period on Saturday with the RedHawks grabbing a 2-0 lead while posting a 16-3 edge on the shot chart.
Miami opened the scoring at 3:40, converting their first power play chance of the night. Scott Dornbrock collected the puck at the high slot and slid a pass to Sherwood in the left circle. Sherwood blasted a one-timer past Huska for his second on the season and a 1-0 lead. The RedHawks made it 2-0 at the 18:00 mark as Grant Hutton weaved a pass cross-ice, through traffic to a waiting Green at the right post who put it home all alone.
The Huskies finally broke through and did it shorthanded at 18:45. Senior Corey Ronan (Franklin, Mass.) chased a loose puck into the Miami zone and got a shot off wide. Ronan found the rebound and circled to the front of the net, firing on Larkin near the right post. The rebound found a trailing Karashik who put it home for his second on the season, cutting the RedHawk lead to 2-1.
UConn and Miami were even on shots in the second, 10-10. The Huskies killed off a pair of Miami penalties in the period.
Miami quickly pushed their lead back to two goals just 1:25 into the third period and then put the game away. Freshman Phil Knies took a feed from Sherwood on the left wing and beat the defense around the net for a wrap-around goal, his second on the season, and a 3-1 lead.
The RedHawks followed with two-straight power play goals to add to their lead. Belpedio made it 4-1 at 3:14, taking a feed in the slot from Green and burying it for his second on the season. Junior Josh Melnick followed with a power play goal at 6:13 to put his team up 5-1, his first goal of the season.
Belpedio made it 6-1 with his second of the night just 1:24 later. The senior defenseman buried a snap-shot from the slot, beating Huska stick side, top-shelf at 7:37. Miami put the final touches on the win at 17:36 with their fourth power play goal of the night. Freshman Austin Alger found a rebound at the left post and banged it home to make it 7-1.
For the second-straight night, the Huskies produced a season-low shot total, getting 18 on Miami on Saturday. The Huskies also allowed a season-high seven goals.
Ronan got his second point on the season, shorthanded. Ronan had a shorthanded goal at Maine and adds an assist tonight on Karashik’s second period goal.
The Huskies are home for a Hockey East series with Vermont next weekend at the XL Center. UConn will open a 10-game stretch in November where they play seven at home in Hartford.
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