The Miami Redhawks started their weekend with a big 3-0 shutout of the Canisius Golden Griffins with much thanks to netminder Ryan McKay, who made 20 saves in Friday's outing.
The Redhawks then showed up on Saturday with brooms (not literally speaking, as far as I know anyway), sweeping the Golden Griffs in a 5-2 outing and earning their 2nd series sweep on the year.
It was a good weekend for the Redhawks, giving the college hockey world another subtle reminder of exactly how talented this team is.
Special teams played very well, as the Redhawks penalty kill unit allowed only 2 goals on 10 canisius man-advantages (80%) and the power play unit scored 4 goals on 10 attempts (40%) throughout the weekend.
With Austin Czarnik's 2 goals and single assist on Saturday, the 5-foot-9 junior took the lead in NCHC scoring with 14 total points on the year. Also of note - Junior Blake Coleman recorded a goal and 3 assists, freshman Anthony Louis tallied a goal and 2 assists, and junior Alex Wideman scored 2 goals on the weekend.
Friday's Scoring Summary
1st Period - MU (16:08) PP Alex Wideman
2nd Period - MU (7:48) Alex Wideman from Anthony Louis
3rd Period - MU (7:02) Blake Coleman from Matthew Caito and Alex Gacek
Saturday's Scoring Summary
1st Period - MU (4:45) PP Austin Czarnik from Riley Barber and Blake Coleman
1st Period - C (12:15) PP Ben Danford from Kyle Gibbons and Cody Freeman
1st Period - MU (12:25) Alex Gacek from Blake Coleman and Anthony Louis
1st Period - MU (18:46) Anthony Louis from Blake Coleman and Jay Williams
2nd Period - MU (1:44) PP Jimmy Mullin from Austin Czarnik and Matthew Caito
3rd Period - C (0:47) PP Kyle Gibbons from Ben Danford and Chris Rumble
3rd Period - MU (11:54) PP Austin Czarnik from Riley Barber and Cody Murphy
- McKay's performance on Friday led to his fifth career shutout.
- Goaltender Jay Williams received a point this weekend, assisting on Anthony Louis' goal on Saturday night.
- The Redhawks outshot the Golden Griffins 40 to 20 on Friday and 45 to 25 on Saturday.
- Saturday's game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 3,031.
Miami heads back into NCHC action next week as they travel west to St. Cloud State to face the Huskies, who swept North Dakota this past weekend.
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