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Miami hockey blanked by Cornell

Miami hockey blanked by Cornell (Miami University Athletics)

OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) - Fifth-ranked Cornell scored three times in a 3:12 span to snap the Miami hockey team’s four-game unbeaten streak by sending it to a 4-0 loss on Saturday night.

The result forces a split of this weekend’s series.

Miami (7-7-2) got the evening’s first power play, looking to stay hot after last night’s perfect 2-for-2 performance. One early look saw the puck fed to Karch Bachman in the middle, but his backhand shot went high. Cornell got a few clears down the ice and ultimately killed the minor penalty off to leave the game scoreless with six and change gone by.

After Cornell (10-2) went scoreless on the man advantage on Friday, the Big Red got a crack with the man advantage with 8:40 gone by. Anthony Angello got Cornell on the board with 10:36 left in the period when he slipped a shot in from a sharp angle. A too many men on the ice penalty on Miami put Cornell back on the power play moments later and with the man advantage about to expire, Trevor Yates redirected a point shot by Yanni Kaldis and in at the 12:01 mark for a second power play tally that made it 2-0. CU struck again 35 seconds later as Kyle Betts got fed in the middle and scored from the slot to make it a 3-0 contest with 7:24 remaining in the first period. That score held into the intermission.

The RedHawks created more chances in the second period and outshot the Big Red 10-7 in the middle stanza, but couldn’t find the finishing touch. MU’s best opportunities came on a deft cross-ice pass by Alec Mahalak to Carson Meyer in the middle, but his shot went wide. Another opportunity came when Bachman fired a backhand off Hayden Stewart’s pad, with the rebound sliding behind him along the goal line, but Cornell managed to clear the puck away to keep ahead by three. Miami eventually got a power play with 1:36 to go in the middle stanza, but could not capitalize as the score remained unchanged after the second.

Miami again outshot Cornell in the final 20 minutes of play, finishing up 8-6 in that category, but still could not get on the board. The ice opened up with 5:24 left as matching penalties created a 4-on-4 situation. The RedHawks used the opportunity to pull Ryan Larkin for an extra skater. While MU was able to hem CU into its own end for large stretches, it was unable to break through offensively. The Big Red eventually cleared the zone and added an empty net goal from Alex Rauter with under a minute left to put the game away.

The Red and White outshot the Big Red 26-23, but went 0-for-3 on the power play while Cornell finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Larkin finished with 19 saves while Stewart stopped all 26 shots that came his way.

Miami resumes National Collegiate Hockey Conference play next weekend when it travels to Western Michigan.

Information provided by Miami University Athletics

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