Miami loses by 1 goal again
OXFORD, Ohio – Having gone winless in its final six games of 2015, Miami had to welcome the new calendar year.
Unfortunately for the RedHawks, 2016 started the way last year ended.
RPI edged Miami, 3-2 at Cady Arena on Saturday, handing the RedHawks their fourth straight loss, with all of them coming by one goal. Miami’s last five losses overall have been by that margin.
The start was promising enough for the RedHawks (5-10-2), as freshman forward Josh Melnick buried a shot from the slot off a feed from freshman Jack Roslovic at the 1:20 mark of the first period.
But the Engineers’ Riley Bourbonnais went in alone on a shorthanded breakaway and buried a shot top shelf to tie it with 1:24 left in the opening period.
Bourbonnais scored again with 14:47 left in the middle frame when a shot from the left side of the net deflected off the glove of Miami senior goalie Ryan McKay and into the net, giving RPI a 2-1 lead.
Miami tied it later in the stanza as junior forward Anthony Louis slid a pass across the slot to Roslovic, who ripped it home with 7:07 left.
RPI took the lead for good when Kenny Gillespie banged home a loose puck from the side of the net just 2:19 later.
Bourbonnais is the Engineers’ top goal scorer, as his two markers in this game gave him 12 for the season.
Roslovic finished with a goal and an assist, as he leads the RedHawks in tallies with nine and is tied with Louis in assists with a Miami-best nine for 18 points.
The RedHawks are 56th out of 60 teams in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 2.06 goals per game. They have yet to net more than three goals in any game.
With Miami’s current 0-5-2 skid, the team has not won since Nov. 7.
The teams wrap up the weekend series at 5 p.m. on Sunday.