Oxford, OH – David Hrenak pitched a shutout and Nick Poehling scored the GWG in the second period to lift SCSU to a weekend sweep of the Miami Redhawks. The win solidified the Huskies hold on first-place in the NCHC over second-place Denver by three points. This also continued a five-game win streak by the Huskies going back to the UMD series.
After a very defensive oriented first period with Miami outshooting SCSU 8-6 and neither squad having any success on two man-advantage opportunities each the Huskies finally got on the board at 3:48 of the second period. Poehling (Peterson| Wahlin) took a feed from Peterson and beat Miami’s Munroe from the left circle with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season. That was the extent of the scoring in period two although Miami’s Munroe had to make a huge save on Ryan Poehling at 10:50 to keep it a one goal game. SCSU failed on two additional power play opportunities in the period and were again outshot by the Redhawks 9-5.
The third period generated some excitement following a hooking call to the Redhawks Carson Meyer by the Huskies Jimmy Schuldt at 4:14. Meyer was awarded a penalty shot but Hrenak stood tall stoning Meyer with the opportunity to tie the game at 1-1. The RedHawks were awarded another man-advantage opportunity at 6:46 but again the Huskies killed off the penalty and Miami’s third opportunity of the game. The Huskies responded with a crucial goal at 10:03 by Patrick Newell ( B Lizotte | Mikey Eyssimont) with his fourth goal of the season. Newell fielded a drop pass from Lizotte and he beat Munroe from the left circle with a wrist for a 2-0 SCSU lead. The Huskies were able to contain the RedHawk offense forcing Miami to pull its goaltender with 3:58 remaining in the game and with the man-advantage resulting from a penalty to Kevin Fitzgerald. The Huskies took advantage with Newell scoring an unassisted short-handed goal at 16:08 off a shot from just outside the RedHawks blue line. Judd Peterson ( Newell ) iced things with another short-handed empty netter at 17:52 to nail down the 4-0 win and sweep for the Huskies.
SCSU was outshot 30-21 by the RedHawks requiring a big night from first-year goaltender Hrenak who stopped all 30 shots he faced. Hrenak’s record improves to 8-4-0. Miami’s Chase Munroe stopped 17 of 19 SCSU shots in the loss. His record goes to 0-2-0. SCSU failed on 5 power play opportunities while Miami was 0 for 4.
The win improved SCSU’s overall record to 19-6-3 and NCHC record to 13-4-1.