>RedHawks Skate to a Tie, Lose Shootout

>A penalty filled affair saw the RedHawks give up a two-goal lead in the third period and settle for a tie with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Friday night.

The Miami scoring was started in the first period, as Jerod Palmer scored his fifth goal of the season, giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead midway though the opening frame. But the story of this game, wouldn’t be the scoring prowess of either team…it would be the penalties.

The Mavericks found themselves in the box early on, taking six penalties in the first period, only to trade places with the RedHawks in the second, a period that saw Miami take seven penalties. Tempers ran high most of the night, with several post-whistle scrums around and even in the net at one point. At the 18:46 mark of the second period, three players from each team were penalized for after the whistle extra-curriculars, with UNO’s Eddie Del Grosso getting the worst, a two and a two. Both teams’ penalty kill units were strong, with Miami killing all ten UNO power plays. UNO was 7/8 on the PK.

One could argue that the ‘Hawks were outplayed in the third period, as they were outshot 15-10. The Mavericks has several scoring chances that they weren’t able to bury, but the two that they were able to pot, killed the RedHawks. After an Andy Miele goal at 9:46 of the third period to stretch the lead to two, UNO senior Tomas Klempa put the Mavs on the board nearly three minutes later and bringing his team within one. But desperation set in for Nebraska-Omaha, as goaltender Jeremie Dupont was pulled for the extra attacker…and it paid off. Sophomore Eric Olimb netted his third goal of the season, after taking a nice feed from John Kemp, and tied the game with just 1:17 remaining in regulation.

Miami had the advantage in the overtime period, outshooting the Mavericks, 2-1, but after five minutes, both teams were still deadlocked at two a piece.

But there would be more “free hockey” on this night. Things were finally settled in the sixth round of the shootout when UNO sophomore Rich Purslow buried the deciding tally past Connor Knapp, who found himself in goal on a Friday night for once, replacing the struggling Cody Reichard.

Miami scratches for the night were Michael Findorff, Dane Hetland, Chris Wideman, Alex Lacombe and Bill Loupee.

Both teams will take the ice once more, tonight, at 8:05pm ET. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports and will be broadcast in the Hamilton/Oxford area on 1450 WMOH-AM.

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Posted on January 24, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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