Posted-November 15th, 2013 10:00 pm
OXFORD, Ohio – In a game between two very evenly matched teams, the No. 8 Miami RedHawks (7-3-1) made one more play than the No. 12 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-3-1), earning a 2-0 victory and leaving the Badgers still searching for their first road victory of the year.
It was a game that featured two goalies at the top of their games. Wisconsin’s Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) entered the game having allowed just one goal in his last five periods in the net, while Miami’s Ryan McKay came into the contest fresh off of NCHC co-goalie of the week honors.
Neither goalie disappointed, as McKay turned away each of the 30 shots he faced while Peterson blocked 34 Miami shots.
Unfortunately, one shot proved to be all the scoring Miami needed.
After a scoreless first period, Miami’s Anthony Louis broke the tie midway through the second period. After a break in the action, the teams set up for a faceoff in front of the Badger net. The puck squirted loose off the faceoff, with Miami’s Blake Coleman getting to it first. Coleman slipped it into the slot, where Louis sliced in and beat Peterson from straight-on to stake the RedHawks to a 1-0 lead.
That 1-0 lead would hold thanks to the play of McKay, who kept the Badgers off the board despite numerous golden opportunities. Of particular note were a pair of scoring chances by Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.). Each player had a look at an open net, but neither could corral the puck off passes from their teammates.
Down 1-0 entering the final stanza, the Badgers made a late charge, but were unable to get anything past McKay. Their relentless effort continued late, when a delay of game penalty on Sean Kuraly put the Badgers on a power play with just 26 seconds left.
After pulling Peterson for an extra skater, UW set up for a faceoff in front of the Miami net. Wisconsin possessed the puck, got it to the front of the net, but lost the scramble for the puck near the RedHawk goal. Miami’s Austin Czarnik gained control and tallied the empty-net score from over 130 feet away with just 11 seconds to play.
The shutout ended Nic Kerdiles’ (Irvine, Calif.) point-scoring streak at 18 games, dating back to last season. It was the third-longest streak ever by a Badger. The sophomore’s streak ended three games short of Mike Eaves’ school-record 21 games, and two games behind Zengerle’s 20 games.
The loss also overshadows a solid effort by the UW penalty kill. Miami entered the game having scored on 27 percent of their power plays, and were kept off the board by the Badgers in three opportunities. Wisconsin also went 0-3 with the man-advantage.
Wisconsin will look to bounce back tomorrow night in the series finale, at 6 p.m. (CT).