Miami nets 4 late to top Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The last couple months of 2016 had not gone well for Miami.
But the RedHawks ended the calendar year with their first four-goal period of the season, with all of them coming in the final eight minutes of regulation in a 6-3 comeback win at Ohio State on Saturday.
Miami suffered through a 10-game winless streak earlier this season and entered play averaging just over two goals a game.
While this game’s final 20 minutes were memorable for the RedHawks, the first stanza did not go their way.
Nine seconds in, the Buckeyes’ Tommy Perran wristed a shot in from behind the red line that skipped past Miami goalie Ryan Larkin.
Ohio State made it 2-0 at the 9:17 mark of the opening period when Mason Jobst stripped Miami defenseman Louie Belpedio and backhanded one past Larkin.
But the RedHawks cut the lead in half with five seconds left in that frame when Josh Melnick whipped a shot from the blue line just under the crossbar.
Miami tied the score less than two minutes into the second period when Anthony Louis slid a pass from the slot to Carson Meyer for a one-time blast that hit net.
The Buckeyes regained the lead late in the second period when a RedHawks penalty kill clear attempt was corralled by David Gust, who skated across the crease and fired one home.
The score remained 3-2 Ohio State until the 12:03 mark of the third period, when Gordie Green ripped a one-time pass from Willie Knierim home on the power play.
Miami finally took the lead with 5:16 remaining, as Zach LaValle made a self-pass along the boards in the neutral zone, setting up a 2-on-1. He passed to Kiefer Sherwood, who buried one from the faceoff dot.
Fifty-three seconds later Sherwood extended the RedHawks’ lead to two, as he was left alone in the high slot and ripped a shot off a centering feed by LaValle.
RedHawks defenseman Scott Dornbrock capped the scoring with an empty netter 1:18 later.
Sherwood, Green, Meyer and LaValle finished with two points apiece. Sherwood scored twice, Green and Meyer ended the night with a goal and an assist each and LaValle picked up a pair of helpers.
Miami hosts St. Cloud State on Jan. 6-7.