In a sport that includes 34 games in the regular season alone, streaks come and go.
The Brotherhood learned that the hard way losing to the Ferris State University (FSU) Bulldogs Nov. 5 and tying the Bulldogs (losing in the shootout) Saturday.
In their first loss in CCHA play, the RedHawks were outplayed by the Bulldogs.
“This was bound to happen when you’re on a hot streak like that,” senior Andy Miele said. “Ferris worked hard, played good defensive hockey and had better goaltending.”
Head Coach Enrico Blasi was disappointed after the games and knows his team can perform better.
“It’s a long year,” Blasi said. “Everything has a way of evening itself out.”
In addition to the win streak ending for the ‘Hawks, their last loss Oct. 9 against New Hampshire, senior captain Carter Camper saw his points streak end after notching at least a point in the first nine games.
“He’s played unbelievable hockey, but you can’t do that for every game of the full season,” Miele said of his teammate. “It’s like the winning streak, it’s going to come to an end.”
In Friday’s game, Miele opened the scoring for Miami. A shot from Steven Spinell was deflected toward the net by Camper, and Miele tapped in the rebound. FSU added two goals in the first, holding the lead heading into the second.
Halfway through the second, Miele got his second tally of the night, tying the game at 2. Camper had his second assist of the night on the goal, his nation-leading 15th assist of the year.
The Bulldogs scored a five-on-three power play goal late in the second, giving FSU the lead and eventually the victory. Friday’s game was the first time this season the RedHawks have been outshot, managing only 18 shots on goal compared to the Bulldogs’ 22.
Saturday, the RedHawks put together a much better performance but were unable to get a victory.
Pat Cannone had the lone goal for the ‘Hawks less than 10 minutes into the game.
Despite out-shooting the Bulldogs 37-19, Miami was unable to put more points on the board and regulation ended with the teams tied at 1 apiece.
After the scoreless overtime period, the game went to a shootout. In the fifth round, FSU’s Kyle Bonis beat Connor Knapp while Hirschfeld was held scoreless, giving FSU the shootout win.
Blasi saw improvement from his team on Saturday.
“Tonight was a good game,” Blasi said. “We played well and we probably deserved better. Anytime in you’re in the shootout, you never know what’s going to happen.”
The RedHawks are zero for 13 in their last four games on the power play, but Miele said they just need to find the back of the net.
“We’re still getting opportunities on the power play, it’s just a matter of burying the puck,” Miele said. “In the past few games there have been a lot of chances on the power play.”
The RedHawks return home to Steve Cady Arena to face off against University of Alaska Fairbanks. The puck drops at 8:05 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7:05 p.m. Nov. 13.