Joe Gieringer, Senior Staff Writer

The No. 5/6 Miami University hockey team had a swell showing at home, thanks largely in part to the offensive play of junior forward Alex Wideman. The St. Louis, Mo. native netted two goals en route to a 3-0 Miami victory over Canisius College.

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 at the 16:08 mark.

“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.”

Wideman 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.

“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, now 4-2-1, outshot its opponents 40-20 in the shutout effort. Sophomore netminder Ryan McKay recorded his first shutout of the year, on a twenty save effort. Despite the loss, Asmundson recorded a career-high 37 saves.

The ‘Hawks and the Golden Griffins face off again Saturday night at the Goggin Ice Center. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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