Red and White ground Golden Griffins at home
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 01:11
The No. 7 Miami University hockey team had a swell showing at home, taking both games en route to a sweep of the Canisius College Golden Griffins.
Friday night’s venture was a success thanks largely to the offensive play of junior forward Alex Wideman. The St. Louis, Mo. native netted two goals in the 3-0 Miami victory.
After the Golden Griffins started hot with a majority of the scoring chances, the Red and White capitalized on a power play opportunity in which Wideman notched his third goal of the year.
Credit to WMSR.
“On that first one it was all [Blake] Coleman and [Cody] Murphy,” Wideman said. “They worked so hard in there and made my job a lot easier. Usually I’m a passer, but that time, I decided to shoot.”
He struck again almost eight minutes into the second period off a friendly feed from freshman forward Anthony Louis making it 2-0 in favor of the RedHawks.
As the third period got underway, it seemed as if Canisius was conceding the contest. As Miami poured it on with more offensive pressure, junior forward Blake Coleman was able to corral an awkward rebound off the boards and fire it over the shoulder of Griffin goaltender Keegan Asmundson, making the score 3-0 and putting the game out of reach in the process.
Credit to WMSR.
“I think we started out a bit too loose,” Miami head coach Enrico Blasi said. “But I thought the third period was the best for all of our objectives; making sure we possess the puck and don’t force things, good puck management. And I thought our D-zone was a little tighter.”
Miami outshot their opponents 40-20 in the shutout effort. Sophomore netminder Ryan McKay recorded his first shutout of the year, on a 20-save effort. Despite the loss, Asmundson recorded a career-high 37 saves.
Saturday’s contest featured five power play goals between the two teams, with the RedHawks coming out on top 5-2.
Junior captain Austin Czarnik opened up the offense just 4:45 into the evening with a coast-to-coast, man-advantage effort that electrified the sellout crowd and put his team in the driver’s seat in the process. Canisius answered with a power play tally of their own at the end of the period, but Louis and sophomore forward Alex Gacek each tallied a goal to give the RedHawks a 3-1 lead after one period. Coleman got a playmaker (three assists) in the first 20 minutes of play.
Junior forward Jimmy Mullin notched his first goal of the year for the lone second period score, and after a Golden Griffin power play effort brought the game to 4-2, Czarnik shut the door with his second snipe of the night at 11:54 of the final frame, effectively ending the game at a 5-2 final.
“I felt good this morning and it just carried over,” Czarnik said of his three-point night. “We knew we needed to come out hard because last night we didn’t do it, and they took it to us a little bit. I thought we came out hard, and luckily I was able to get in the groove today and get two goals.”
With the weekend sweep, Miami moves to 5-2-1 on the young season. Its next test will be a two-game series on the road against National Collegiate Hockey Conference opponent St. Cloud State University.