OXFORD, Oh. — Miami overcame an early 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals Friday night, cruising to a 4-1 upset of No. 9 Western Michigan University.
Miami advanced its winning streak to three games with the victory while advancing its home winning streak to seven games. The Red and White, which pulled even with Western Michigan in the league standings, has not lost at home since Nov. 3, 2000. With the win, Miami also surpassed both its overall and league win totals for all of last season.
Following a back and forth first period in which neither team was able to claim a clear advantage, Western Michigan struck early in the second period. Lucas Drake scored the Broncos’ lone goal at 4:11 in the period to give WMU the early lead.
From there on out, however, it was all Miami.
The RedHawks finally broke through the WMU defense at 12:55 in the second period when Derek Edwardson drilled a shot from just under the blueline past Bronco netminder Jeff Reynaert.
Miami seized the lead before the end of the period when Chris Knupp pushed a shot past Reynaert following a set up from teammates Matt Medvecz and Mike Glumac. The goal accounted for Knupp’s first point of the season and ended a 28-game scoring drought for the sophomore.
Miami continued to smother Western Michigan’s offense in the third period, giving up just four shots on the way to holding the Broncos to a season-low 14 shots on goal. Gregor Krajnc, who assisted on Edwardson’s game-tying goal in the second period, added Miami’s third goal with a blast from the right circle at 6:55 in the third and capped of a three-point night with an empty net blast at 19:47.
Western Michigan dropped to 16-7-5 and 9-6-5 in the league while extending its current winless streak to seven games (0-4-3). Miami advanced to 14-11-2 and 11-7-1.
The RedHawks and Broncos clash again Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. in Goggin Arena.