Miami swept by Minn.-Duluth

After surging above .500 last weekend for the first time since late October, Miami finished its regular season a game below that mark.

The RedHawks were swept at Minnesota-Duluth, falling 3-1 in the series finale on Saturday.

It was just the second losing regular season for Miami in its past 11 campaigns, but both have come in the last three years.

The Bulldogs (15-14-5) opened the scoring when Willie Corrin drove to the net and had his initial shot saved by senior goalie Jay Williams, but the rebound came back to Corrin, who slammed it home 6:44 into the first period.

Miami forward Kiefer Sherwood (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Miami forward Kiefer Sherwood (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

The RedHawks (15-16-3) tied it with 1:47 left in the opening stanza, as senior forward Sean Kuraly intercepted a pass and centered it to freshman forward Jack Roslovic. Roslovic one-touched it to freshman forward Kiefer Sherwood for a tap-in from the side of the net.

UMD took the lead for good when a rebound popped into the air, was controlled by Charlie Sampair and deposited in the net on Williams’ short side 2:26 into the final frame.

Alex Iafallo sealed it with an empty netter in the closing seconds.

Sherwood’s goal was his sixth in eight games, and Roslovic recorded his third helper in his last three contests. Kuraly also earned an assist on the RedHawks’ goal, as he wrapped up his final regular season with 16 points in his last 14 games.

Williams stopped 18 of 20 shots in the losing effort.

Despite the loss, MU actually moved up a spot in the PairWise and is currently tied for 22nd.

The RedHawks will return to Minnesota-Duluth next weekend for a best-of-3 opening-round series in the NCHC Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

Miami is 7-2 all-time in the league tournament, including 4-1 in the quarterfinal round. But the RedHawks went 0-3-1 against the Bulldogs in the regular season, scoring just three goals in the season series.

The best-of-3 will be played on March 11-13. Times are TBA.


About John Lachmann (@rednblackhawks)

I've been writing about hockey since the late 1990s. First it was the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and the Cincinnati Cyclones for the Cincinnati Post, and most recently with WCPO and the Blog of Brotherhood online.

Posted on March 7, 2016, in 2015-16, University of Minnesota-Duluth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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