By Steve Perkins, For The Miami Student
The Miami University hockey team fell four spots in the United State College Hockey online poll this week after suffering a sweep to St. Cloud State
University on the road.
Miami fell to 3-4-1 (0-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference), while the Huskies improved to 6-2 (2-0 NCHC).
“St. Cloud beat us in pretty much every aspect of the game,” head coach Rico Blasi said. “And we didn’t have an answer.”
SCSU’s defense held Miami scoreless for the first time this year in Friday’s game. The RedHawks put four shots on net in the first period. The final shot count favored the Huskies, 40-15.
St. Cloud mustered three goals past senior goaltender Ryan McKay, including two off the stick of freshman forward Patrick Newell. Newell’s goals were the first two points of his NCAA career.
McKay’s 37 saves bring his save percentage to .933 and his goals against average to 1.92.
Coach Blasi complimented McKay after Friday.
“Give [SGSU] credit, they played well. They made the most of their chances,” Blasi said. “I thought McKay played well. It could have been a lot worse.”
Senior counterpart Jay Williams started in net Saturday and gave up three goals in a 3-1 loss. Williams saved 22 of 25 shots, while Miami managed 34 shots of its own.
Huskies junior goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 47 saves in two games and allowed one goal. The weekend helped Lindgren to a 1.43 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
Coach Blasi said he was impressed with Lindgren’s performance.
“That’s a good team over there,” Blasi said. “They’re well-coached and very solid from goaltender up.”
Freshman forward Jack Roslovic notched the RedHawks’ lone goal of the weekend. He leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists).
Senior forward and team captain Sean Kuraly helped rally the troops Saturday, leading the team with five shots on goal.
Despite falling short of the win Saturday, Miami outshot the Huskies 34-25.
Coach Blasi felt Miami needed to bring more to the weekend.
“As I said earlier in the week, just playing your best gives you an opportunity to be in the game,” Blasi said.
The ’Hawks continue NCHC play this weekend against Western Michigan University in Oxford, Ohio.