OXFORD, Ohio — Miami (4-2-1, 2-0-1 CCHA) tied Western Michigan (3-2-2, 2-2-1 CCHA) 4-4 after a late third-period goal by junior Danny Stewart put a cap on the game’s scoring. Special teams dominated the game as Miami finished 3-of-11 on the power play while WMU converted on 1-of-8 chances.
The RedHawks got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on power-play goals by sophomore Mike Kompon and freshman Joe Pomaranski. Kompon registered his second goal of the season at 3:03 in the period with assists from freshman Todd Grant and sophomore Derek Edwardson.
At 16:07 in the stanza Pomaranski netted his third goal of the season to give the RedHawks a 2-0 advantage entering the first intermission.
Western Michigan dominated the second period, outscoring the home team 3-1. Senior Chad Kline scored the Broncos’ first goal of the game at 5:04. Western Michigan kept the momentum on its side with a game-tying goal by junior Dave Cousineau at 8:43 after a scrum in front of the Miami goal.
Junior Brent Rumble gave the Broncos their first lead of the contest with his third goal of the season on a power play at 11:43. Rumble’s goal was the first time that Miami had allowed an opponent to score a man-advantage goal in 19 chances.
Kompon recorded Miami’s only goal of the second period to tie the game at three apiece at 18:01. His second goal of the game and third of the season was assisted by sophomore Greg Hogeboom and junior Chris Knupp. Kompon’s goal was Miami’s third power-play strike of the contest.
In the third period, the Broncos jumped on top 4-3 with a shorthanded goal by Jeff Campbell at 13:29. Western Michigan retained the one-goal lead until Stewart provided the heroics with his second goal of the season at 16:57 in the stanza. The two teams remained knotted at four apiece for the remainder of the third period and overtime.
Both goalies recorded solid games in the crease as Western Michigan’s goalkeeper, freshman Mike Mantua, had 42 stops and junior David Burleigh registered 28 saves for the RedHawks.
Miami and Western Michigan do battle again Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. in the Goggin Ice Arena.