MEN'S HOCKEY FALLS, 6-3, TO TOP-RANKED MIAMI
DURHAM, N.H. – The number-one ranked Miami
University men’s ice hockey team scored four consecutive
second-period goals en route to a 6-3 victory against the
University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
UNH moves to 0-2-0 on the season and Miami is now 3-0-0.
UNH starting goaltender Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) surrendered six goals and was credited with 20 saves in two periods of play. Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period. UNH’s offense was led by Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.), who tallied a career-high two points with a goal and an assist, and Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.; career-high two assists).
MU goalie Cody Riechard turned aside 18 shots. Tommy Wingels tallied three assists while Carter Camper (two goals), Will Weber (two assists) and Curtis McKenzie (two assists) also had multiple points for the RedHawks.
The teams skated to a 2-2 tie through one period of play. The Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead with Borisenok’s goal at 2:06. Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) initiated the sequence by moving the puck from the right point across to Kessel. Kessel quickly snapped a diagonal pass through the slot and Borisenok redirected the puck into the net at the left doorstep.
Miami struck less than two minutes later – at 4:01 – to level the score, 1-1 on a delayed penalty call against the ‘Cats. McKenzie carried the puck along the left dashers through the neutral zone to draw the call and continued deep into the left circle. He dropped the puck back to Cameron Schilling, who fired a shot past Foster. Andy Miele, with the outlet pass to McKenzie, was also credited with an assist.
The RedHawks took a 2-1 lead at 14:39 when Matt Tomassoni’s shot from the high slot ricocheted off a UNH defenseman and into the upper-right corner of the net. Steve Mason and Justin Vaive set up the goal.
UNH pulled even, 2-2, with 27 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) carried the puck into the zone and slid a pass to the right point for Borisenok, who found Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) in front for the goal.
Miami outscored the hosts 4-1 in the second stanza to build a 6-3 lead. The RedHawks regained the lead, 3-2, when Wingels’ pass from the right point was redirected into the net by Alden Hirschfeld at the left post. Weber also assisted.
The RedHawks extended the advantage to 4-2 at 10:10. On a faceoff in the right circle, Miele drew the puck back to Joe Hartman, who quickly shoveled the puck to McKenzie at the right point. McKenzie slid a pass to the slot, where Jarod Palmer one-timed a shot for the goal.
Miami struck again at 14:59 on Camper’s power-play goal. Weber, from the right corner, found Wingels at the top of the circle. Wingels snapped a pass across the slot and Camper fired a wrist shot into the upper-left corner.
Camper scored a 4x4 goal at 16:38 to give the RedHawks a 6-2 lead. Following a save, Reichard swung the puck to Wingels, who in turn advanced the puck to Camper.
UNH trimmed the deficit to 6-3 at 17:03 on a goal by Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), who wristed a shot from the left circle into the upper-near corner. Kessel tallied his second assist of the game.
Miami registered an 8-6 shot advantage in the scoreless third period.
New Hampshire and Miami conclude the two-game series Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.