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Weekend picks: Feb. 5

Well, thanks to correctly picking Miami to beat Denver Friday, Matthew gained a game back on me. I still hold a lead as we go into the home stretch of the season. Last week, I went 5-3 (.625) to move to 89-42-14 (.662), while Matthew went 6-2 (.750) to move to 85-46-14 (.634).

We’re light on action this week, so let’s see how we do.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6

No. 3 St. Cloud State at Miami
Candace: Miami hurt me last week by beating Denver, but I think St. Cloud is a better team than Denver. St. Cloud 4-2, 4-1
Matthew: The RedHawks have been hot lately, but I have a feeling SCSU goes into Oxford and shows why it’s at the top of the league standings. St. Cloud State 3-1, 3-1

Colorado College at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Minnesota-Duluth has been struggling of late, especially on Fridays, and Colorado College is playing much better, but maybe home ice will help. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-2
Matthew: I like CC to steal one of these games, but I’m not sure which one they’ll get. Colorado College 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

St. Cloud is Minnesota champ

St. Cloud State captures Minnesota tournament
For the first time, the St. Cloud State Huskies won the North Star College Cup, a Minnesota hockey tournament that features four of the best teams in state. St. Cloud’s stellar offense, currently ranked second in the country, and its third-ranked power-play unit, combined for 10 goals on the weekend in a 5-4 win over Minnesota State and a 5-2 win over Bemidji State.

Against the Mavericks Friday, the power play came through with three goals, including Jimmy Murray’s game-winning strike at 16:41 of the third, seven minutes after Minnesota State had tied the game. Mikey Eyssimont also scored two on the power play, while goaltender Charlie Lindgren needed to be sharp, stopping 29 shots.

In Saturday’s championship game against Bemidji State, Joey Benik got two goals in the first period, putting the Huskies up at just 1:20 and then adding a second at 12:57. Patrick Russell, who had scored the first goal for St. Cloud in Friday’s game, scored the game-winner at 5:23 of the second, and Kalle Kossila put the game away when he scored at 14:18 of the second.

Though Bemidji did get two goals in the third, one was a power-play strike at 18:31 of the period, after Eyssimont had scored an empty-netter at 16:31 to put St. Cloud up 5-1.

RedHawks raise profile
In my second-half preview of the conference, one question I had was whether Miami could bounce back. The RedHawks closed the first half in a 2-8-1-1 tailspin, and were in seventh place in the NCHC. Miami had several woes, including an anemic offense that was ranked 55 out of 60 teams nationally.

After splitting with No. 13 Denver this weekend, the RedHawks are back in the hunt, in a three-way tie for the final home ice spot in the NCHC with 19 points. The RedHawks went 5-3-1 in January, including 3-2-1 in NCHC play.

The offense has improved slightly, as the RedHawks average 2.40 goals per game. The defense is a strength, keeping the team in games, as Miami only gives up 2.72 goals per game.

On Friday, the RedHwaks rallied to win. After Danton Heinen put Denver up 1-0 at 7:06 of the first, Anthony Louis scored a minute and a half later to tie it. Jack Roslovic scored the game-winner at 17:36 of the second on a power play, and Kevin Morris sealed the win with an empty-netter at 19:37 of the third.

Saturday’s game was much different, as Denver dominated much of the play, something Miami coach Enrico Blasi acknowledged, saying, “I thought Denver pretty much outplayed us from the beginning of the game. They were the better team in all aspects of the game tonight. … We just didn’t have that jump.”

Miami starts February by hosting red-hot St. Cloud State, but closes the season with three weekends in a row against teams below them in the standings, including a final weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth, which could prove crucial for playoff seeding.

What’s wrong in Omaha?
Entering the second half, the Omaha Mavericks were 14-3-1 and ranked six in the USCHO.com D-I Men’s Poll. They were unbeaten at home in their new arena.

The second half started with Omaha getting swept by Denver at home, and things have gone downhill from there. The Mavericks went 2-6 in January. The one bright spot was an overtime win over North Dakota.

Part of the issue has been defense, or, rather, the lack thereof. Omaha gave up three or more goals in all but one game in January, Saturday’s 6-1 win over Colorado College. That win came on the heels of Omaha getting blown out by CC on Friday, 5-1. CC isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse, averaging 2.19 goals per game, good for 53rd nationally, though the Tigers did hang five goals on North Dakota the previous weekend.

Still, Omaha’s lack of defense has been a trend; the Mavericks also gave up seven goals to Miami and five to North Dakota. Freshman Evan Weninger was finally back in the lineup over the weekend, after getting hurt in the Denver series with an ankle injury. He didn’t look like the goalie who had only given up more than two goals twice in the first half in Friday’s game, as the Tigers torched him for four goals. CC got a power-play goal from Mason Bergh at 3:29 of second, then another power-play goal from Luc Gerdes at 6:38 of the second. Omaha’s Brian Cooper scored at 18:58 of the second to put Omaha back in it, but Trevor Gooch scored at 9:04 of the third, then Christian Heil scored at 15:20, and Sam Rothstein added an empty-net short-handed goal at 16:20.

Omaha bounced back impressively Saturday, getting goals from Jordan Klehr and Luc Snuggerud in the first six minutes of the first, and then breaking the game open in the second with four goals, starting with Steven Spinner’s strike at 1:34.

Despite Omaha’s overall good record, the Mavericks have been poor in NCHC play, going 6-9-1. Omaha is off this coming weekend, so Dean Blais has work to do before the team resumes play against Western Michigan on Feb. 12. Considering the Broncos swept the Mavericks back in October, Omaha should have lots of motivation.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 29

Well, I knew I should have picked Miami, and then I’d have another game on Matthew. As it is, we had the same record, as I picked St. Cloud to sweep Western Michigan and he picked Denver to sweep Minnesota-Duluth. Last week, we went 4-3-1. On the year, I am 84-39-14, while Matthew is 79-44-14.

Let’s get to this week’s games.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

No. 12 Omaha at Colorado College
Candace: I’m not sure what is wrong in Omaha, but I have trouble seeing this being anything but a split right now. Colorado College 3-2, Omaha 3-2
Matthew: Neither team is what it was earlier in the season. This series really intrigues me, and I’d be surprised to see anything other than a split. Colorado College 2-1, Omaha 4-1

No. 13 Denver at Miami
Candace: I don’t think this will be a sweep necessarily, but I’m also really bad at picking the correct night, and feel I should pick at least one game differently than Matthew, so … Denver 2-1, 3-2
Matthew: I’m eager to see if Miami can keep rolling this weekend. It’ll be tough, though, with a very solid Denver team coming into Oxford. Miami 3-1, Denver 2-1

No. 2 North Dakota at Western Michigan
Candace: I expect North Dakota to clamp down on defense and take both games. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1
Matthew: This could come back to bite me, but I’ll take UND to win both of these games. North Dakota 3-1, 3-1

Minnesota-Duluth at Northern Michigan
Candace: I have no idea where Minnesota-Duluth’s offense has disappeared to. If I could call two ties, I would. As it is, I will be a league homer. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 2-1
Matthew: Northern has been decent at home this season, but I’m going to take the league homer pick here. Prove me right, Bulldogs. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1

Saturday, Jan. 30

No. 3 St. Cloud State vs No. 19 Minnesota State
Candace: The Huskies are looking fearsome, with a complete package of offense and defense. St. Cloud State 4-1
Matthew: I like the Huskies to take the de facto state championship this year. Gotta win this one first, though. St. Cloud State 4-2

Three things: Jan. 24

We came out of this last round of NCHC games with plenty to discuss in the days ahead. What follows are three of the bigger talking points that caught our eyes.

Omaha swept at home again
It wasn’t that long ago that Omaha was easily a top-10 team in the country looking poised to build on its deep Frozen Four run last season. Now, though, the Mavericks are in a little trouble.

UNO won each of the first eight games in its new Baxter Arena home, but the Mavs are now on a four-game losing streak there after a pair of losses this weekend against unranked Miami. Two weeks ago, Omaha dropped two home games against Denver.

Omaha entered this weekend’s series against the RedHawks ranked seventh in the latest USCHO Division I poll. They’re likely to face a sharp drop when the new poll comes out Monday.

They’re also all but out of the Penrose Cup competition. UNO now sits in fifth place in the NCHC, 22 points behind league-leading St. Cloud State.

Miami will surely get consideration from voters. Including one three-on-three overtime victory against Minnesota-Duluth on Jan. 8, the RedHawks have now picked up wins in five of its last six games.

Huskies keep rolling
Western Michigan picked up points in both of the Broncos’ first two NCHC trips to St. Cloud State. Not on the third one, though.

Fifth-ranked SCSU rolled past Western in a pair of home wins this weekend. An 8-2 win over the Broncos on Friday gave way to the Huskies’ 7-3 triumph in Saturday’s rematch.

St. Cloud now hasn’t lost since falling 5-2 on Jan. 9 at home against a resurgent Colorado College team (more on CC in a bit). The Huskies will be full of confidence going into next weekend’s North Star College Cup games, first against No. 20 Minnesota State and then either Minnesota or Bemidji State.

That said, keep an eye out for MSU. The Mavericks are 3-1-1 in their past five games and put 13 goals past Lake Superior this weekend.

Colorado College gives North Dakota a fright
Arguably the biggest recent surprise in the NCHC has been Colorado College’s uptick, and the Tigers were unlucky to come away empty-handed from its series this weekend at North Dakota.

Second-ranked North Dakota beat CC 5-4 on Friday thanks to a 1-0 shootout triumph, but the Fighting Hawks will feel it shouldn’t have come to that. UND opened the game with four first-period goals before the Tigers erased the deficit and then went ahead 5-4 on Hunter Fejes’s second goal of the night 6:34 into the fourth period.

A 6-on-5 Rhett Gardner goal inside the final minute of regulation tied the game up at 5-5 before UND prevailed in a shootout.

CC goaltender Tyler Marble was a big reason for his team’s success Friday. After starting goalie Jacob Nehama was pulled when he gave up a third goal 9:10 into the game, Marble came in and made 23 saves the rest of the way.

The Hawks had fewer headaches in a 5-1 win over CC on Saturday. Next weekend, CC hosts a struggling Omaha club while UND visits Western Michigan.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 22

Last weekend, thanks to Anthony Louis’ last-second goal for Miami, I increased my lead over Matthew in our season picks’ race. I didn’t have a great week, going 3-2-2 (.571), while Matthew went 2-3-2 (.428). On the year, I am 80-36-13  (.670) while Matthew is 75-41-13 (.631).

We have some intense matchups this week, so let’s see how we can do.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23

No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth at No. 15 Denver
Candace: I’d like to pick the Pios to sweep, but I just don’t see it. Denver 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1
Matthew: This one’s a bit tough to call, but Denver has played well lately and they’re at home so I’ll stick my neck out slightly. Denver 3-1, 3-2

Western Michigan at No. 5 St. Cloud State
Candace: Western is a very scrappy team, as evidenced by their never-say-die play against Denver last weekend. Still, I have to think St. Cloud has the edge. St. Cloud State 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: Western always takes points in St. Cloud, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen again. Western Michigan 3-2, St. Cloud State 4-2

Colorado College at No. 2 North Dakota
Candace: The Tigers are playing better, but I think that after North Dakota blew last Friday’s game against Omaha, they will play with more consistency this weekend. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1
Matthew: CC’s rested after having last week off and the Tigers are looking much better than they did at the start of the season, but I don’t know if they take points this weekend. North Dakota 3-1, 3-1

Miami at No. 7 Omaha
Candace: The last time these two played, both games went to overtime. This series is the hardest for me to call, because who knows which RedHawks team and which Mavericks team will show up? I’m going out on a limb and calling Omaha to sweep, though I think both games are close. Omaha 3-2, 2-1
Matthew: UNO has lost three of its last four, but I like the Mavericks to take care of business at home here. Omaha 3-2, 3-1

Extra sessions and last-minute heroics

Last-minute heroics
A couple of NCHC teams had last-minute heroics lead to favorable outcomes.

Western Michigan traveled to Denver to face the Pioneers. On Friday, the Broncos trailed 4-2 with under three minutes left when they got a power play. Coach Andy Murray pulled his goaltender for a six-on-four, and got a goal from Sheldon Dries at 18:11 to pull within one. The Broncos then had a few chances to get the tying goal, but Tanner Jaillet stood strong, and Matt Marcinew added an empty-netter at 19:34 to seal the win.

In the rematch Saturday, Marcinew scored a power-play goal at 9:43 of the third to put Denver up 2-0, but just 26 seconds later, Colt Conrad answered, making things tight down the stretch. Murray again pulled Hafner, and again the ploy worked, as Frederik Tiffels scored with just 20 seconds left in the game. After just missing on a shot that trickled wide that would have given the Broncos an outright win in the first overtime, Taylor Fleming scored on a surprise shot to give Western an extra point for winning the three-on-three overtime.

Miami also needed last minute heroics Saturday to beat No. 16 Bowling Green. After giving up a goal in the first period, Alex Gacek tied the game in the second period for Miami, and then Anthony Louis scored the game-winner with just two seconds left in the game on a one-time blast from the left faceoff circle.

Extra sessions
Denver and Western Michigan weren’t the only teams to play an extra session this weekend. St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth went the distance on Saturday in their rematch. Dominic Toninato gave Duluth a 1-0 lead in the first period, and then St. Cloud’s Joey Benik tied it in the second, getting his 100th career point in the process. The first five-minute overtime couldn’t decide anything, as Charlie Lindgren made three saves for St. Cloud and Kasimir Kaskisuo made two saves for Duluth. St. Cloud won the three-on-three session on a goal from Patrick Russell, getting St. Cloud the extra point in the standings. Lindgren made a season-high 38 saves, and St. Cloud is now in sole possession of first place in the NCHC, leading North Dakota by two points, though North Dakota has two games in hand.

St. Cloud also beat Duluth on Friday, 3-1, behind 28 saves from Lindgren and goals from Mikey Eyssimont, Kalle Kossila, and Blake Winiecki. Kossila is tied for 10th in scoring nationally with 28 points, and is third among NCHC players, trailing Drake Caggiula of North Dakota (30 points) and Omaha’s Jake Guentzel (32 points). St. Cloud’s offense is fourth nationally, as its power play.

The other extra session on the weekend is what allowed St. Cloud to pass North Dakota. Omaha rebounded from getting swept by Denver last weekend to beat North Dakota on Friday, 4-3 in OT. Rhett Gardner gave North Dakota an early lead with a power-play goal at 5:57 of the first, but Omaha’s Jake Guentzel answered at 15:31.

The second period featured early and late goals from Omaha. Ian Brady scored at 1:56 to give Omaha the 2-1 lead, but Troy Stecher answered at 16:08. Then Jake Randolph barely beat the buzzer, scoring at 19:59 to send Omaha into the third period with a 3-2 lead. Brock Boeser scored a power-play goal at 13:24 of the third to tie it, but Austin Ortega scored the game-winner in OT at 2:29.

Splits
North Dakota got the split with a convincing 5-1 win on Saturday, getting goals from five different players. Just as Omaha had used a late goal to spark a win on Friday, North Dakota used a late goal to get momentum. After Omaha took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tyler Vesel on a power play at 17:55, Caggiula answered with a power-play goal at 19:53 to tie the game. Coltyn Sanderson then scored the game-winner at 3:33 of the second period, and Boeser gave North Dakota the two-goal lead with a goal at 6:08. Cam Johnson made 28 saves in the win.

Weekend picks: Jan. 15

Matt and I picked the games the same last weekend, and did pretty OK, going 4-3-1 (.562). On the year, I am 77-34-11, while Matthew is 73-38-11.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16

Western Michigan at No. 14 Denver
Candace: Western usually splits with Denver, but somehow I think DU builds momentum from last weekend. A tie wouldn’t surprise me at all. Denver 3-2, 3-2
Matthew: I’ll probably get proved wrong on this, but I see Denver keeping up their good recent play in this series. Denver 3-1, 3-2

No. 5 St. Cloud State at No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Can Duluth keep some momentum from last weekend? I think so, but it won’t be enough to sweep. St. Cloud 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Matthew: SCSU will want to get back on track after their home loss to Colorado College last Saturday, and I think they will. Ish. St. Cloud State 3-2, UMD 3-2

No. 9 Omaha at No. 1 North Dakota
Candace: The hardest series of the weekend to call for me. I have to think this is a split, unless Omaha is starting a second-half swoon. North Dakota 3-1, Omaha 4-3
Matthew: Really tough series to call. UND gets the upper hand having only one loss at home so far this season, but I don’t know if the Hawks win both of these games. North Dakota 4-2, Omaha 3-2

Saturday, Jan. 16

No. 16 Bowling Green at Miami
Candace: Bowling Green lost twice to Western Michigan this year. Perhaps Miami can make it an NCHC three-peat? Miami 3-2
Matthew: I want to take the RedHawks here, but BGSU has been decent on the road this season and I can see the Falcons stealing this one. Bowling Green 3-2

Three things: Jan. 10

Mixed feelings in Oxford
Miami coach Enrico Blasi came into this weekend’s home series against No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth feeling hopeful. His RedHawks may not have finished the two-game set feeling that way.

They did defeat UMD on a 3-on-3 overtime goal in Friday’s series opener in Oxford, Ohio, but Saturday’s rematch provided a different story. Duluth won that one 5-2, scoring four goals in the game’s first half-hour.

Those seven goals only came from a combined 37 shots on target. Miami’s 15 shots on net Saturday and UMD’s 22 were both teams’ lowest offensive outputs so far this season.

Duluth was most efficient offensively and picked up its seventh win in the Bulldogs’ past 10 games. Miami, on the other hand, now sits one point above the bottom spot in the NCHC standings. More on that later.

Omaha’s fortress penetrated
“The Denver Pioneers” became a trivia answer several times over this weekend.

On Friday, the question of which opposing team would be the first to defeat sixth-ranked Omaha in its new Baxter Arena was answered. The following night, the same response became applicable for the first team to sweep UNO inside Baxter.

The first of the No. 17 Pios’ wins this weekend came in shutout fashion. Two Will Butcher goals proved more than enough on Friday while Tanner Jaillet made 35 saves to help Denver to a 3-0 victory.

Denver picked up a series sweep Saturday after a hectic five-goal third period. Three UNO goals in that frame weren’t enough in the end to keep the Mavericks from falling 4-3 to DU.

Denver will be back at home next weekend to take on Western Michigan. Omaha will try to get back on track at top-ranked North Dakota.

CC inches toward escaping cellar
Colorado College couldn’t buy a win earlier in the season, losing each of its first 13 games of the regular season. Now, the Tigers are within touching distance of escaping the NCHC cellar.

They have a surprise split at fourth-ranked St. Cloud State to thank in part for that. After the Huskies eked past CC 2-1 on Friday, the Tigers ran out of St. Cloud 5-2 winners on Saturday night.

They did so by sharing the wealth. Five different CC players scored in the series finale, and Tigers goaltender Jacob Nehama was terrific in making 47 saves.

CC (5-17-0, 3-9) is off this next weekend before visiting North Dakota. After what the Tigers did against SCSU, CC should feel both rested and eager heading into Grand Forks.

Weekend picks: Jan. 8

Matthew picked a game back up on me last week thanks to correctly picking Western Michigan to beat Bowling Green. I went 6-1-2 (.777) while Matthew went 7-0-2 (.888), both pretty good numbers. On the year, I am 73-31-10 (.684) while Matthew is 69-35-10 (.649).

Let’s get to this week’s action.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9

No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth at Miami
Candace: One of the harder series to pick. Call it a split, only because Duluth is playing its first road games of the second half. Miami 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 4-3
Matthew: Miami seemed to turn the light on late in its series last week against RPI, but I can’t see Duluth coming away from this series empty-handed. Miami 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 4-2

Colorado College at No. 4 St. Cloud State
Candace: The Huskies high-flying offense might get shut down some, but not enough. St. Cloud State 4-1, 3-1
Matthew: I have a feeling I might be wrong here, but I’m taking SCSU to sweep. St. Cloud State 3-1, 3-1

No. 17 Denver at No. 6 Omaha
Candace: If this had happened last weekend, I might have called Omaha to sweep. Denver looked good last weekend though. Omaha 4-2, Denver 2-1
Matthew: UNO (8-0 at home so far) can’t win every home game ever at Baxter Arena, can it? Omaha 3-2, Denver 3-2

Western Michigan at No. 15 Notre Dame
Candace: I still have a hard time getting a handle on the Broncos, but there’s no denying they’ve been pretty terrible on the road. Notre Dame 2-1, 3-1
Matthew: I want to take the league homer pick here, but I don’t know what the Broncos might come away with. This is a tough one. Notre Dame 3-2, 3-2

Out-of-conference mark a strength

The NCHC continued its strong play in out-of-conference action, going 5-1-2 over the weekend to up is best nonconference winning mark to 43-23-9 (.633). St. Cloud State and North Dakota both swept opponents, No. 17 Denver battled No. 16 Notre Dame to two ties, and Miami split with Rensselaer.

Shutout streak ends
Perhaps it was a New Year’s hangover, but No. 2 North Dakota certainly didn’t look like a powerhouse in its first game of 2016, battling to a 1-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville, whose goaltender, Carmine Guerriero, made 38 stops in the loss. North Dakota got its only goal of the game from Bryn Chyzk on a power play at 9:35 of the second period.

The Fighting Hawks came out with more offense at the start of the rubber game, as Paul LaDue scored just 25 seconds into the game on Saturday, but Huntsville tied it on a goal by Richard Buri with just 13 seconds left in the first, breaking North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson’s shutout streak at 298:35 and his saves number at 137 straight. It was the second-longest shutout streak in college hockey. The goal actually went in off the stick of North Dakota defenseman Keaton Thompson.

The record was set by Lake Superior State goaltender Blaine Lacher in 1994, and ran 375:01.

Drake Caggiula scored the game-winner short-handed at 8:16 of the second, and Chyzk got an empty-netter at 18:08 of the third, followed by Tucker Poolman goal a minute later to seal the win. Guerriero made 34 saves, while Cam Johnson made 14 saves, added to 19 in Friday’s contest, which was his fourth straight shutout.

After Saturday’s game, Johnson was able to joke about it. Evidently his teammates had been ribbing him about his favoriting of tweets mentioning the stats, so Johnson said, “Yeah, they were giving me crap in there about all of the tweets I’ve been favoriting and stuff, so I think Keaton had that in the back of his mind and said, ‘I’m sick of seeing all of this.’” (Source: Grand Forks Herald).

Shots don’t equal goals for Denver
The No. 17 Denver Pioneers closed their first half in ignominious fashion, losing big in four straight games to North Dakota and St. Cloud State. After the second loss to St. Cloud, Denver coach Jim Montgomery quipped, “I’ve got to be honest, I’ve been very fortunate, I’ve had nothing but success as a head coach; I’ve never been through something like this. The only thing I know is the only way you get out of this from my pro career as a player is to go back to work, get back to what your team identity is. As coaches, we have to make sure the details are really good when we get back so that we give ourselves a better chance and we’re not chasing the game.”

Denver’s players must have heeded the message, because they came out strong in their first series of 2016, firing 50 shots on Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen Friday night, but could only get one past him, a third-period goal from Trevor Moore at 6:45 that got the Pioneers a 1-1 tie. Denver’s power play continued to have issues, going 0-for-4.

On Saturday, Denver continued to dominate offensive possession, getting 45 shots on Petersen, but an extra-attacker power-play goal from Sam Herr with 30 seconds left in the game gave the Fighting Irish a 2-2 draw after a Dylan Gambrell goal at 15:52 of the third put Denver up 2-1. Denver’s power play finally got a goal when Gambrell scored at 19:06 of the second.

Miami finally breaks through
Like Denver, Miami had closed its first half on a down note, getting swept by a Colorado College team that had one win on the whole season prior to sweeping the RedHawks. Entering Sunday’s game against Rensselaer, the RedHawks hadn’t won since beating Western Michigan on Nov. 7, 2-1. In that span, Miami went 0-6-1, including Saturday’s 3-2 loss to RPI where Kenny Gillespie scored the game-winner at 15:12 after Miami’s Jack Roslovic had tied the game at two at 12:53.

Miami captain Sean Kuraly said, “We’ve got to stick with it after we get the goals. Every single day, you’ve got to do the little things right. We’re doing some of them right, but not all of them right. We’ve got to get a lot better at that.

Miami finally broke into the win column Sunday with a 4-2 decision, rallying from a 2-1 deficit with three third-period goals. Alex Gacek tied it at 6:37, Justin Greenberg scored the game-winner at 8:20, and Chris Joyaux scored an empty-net goal to seal the win at 19:35. Miami netminder Jay Williams made 17 stops in the win.

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