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Miami tops USNDT in exhibition

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Miami was held to three goals in its first two games against Providence last weekend.

But the RedHawks rediscovered their offense in their first road trip of the season in a 7-5 win vs. the U.S. National Development’s Under-18 team in an exhibition contest at Team USA Arena on Friday.

Miami forward Josh Melnick (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Gordie Green and Grant Hutton scored two goals each, and Josh Melnick led all scorers with three points, all on assists.

Miami (0-2) fell behind when Jack DeBoer banged home a rebound off a point-blank shot 9:19 into the first period.

The RedHawks would score the next four. Hutton ripped a one-timer off a cross-crease pass by Melnick with 8:34 left in the opening frame, tying the score.

Miami’s Grant Hutton (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Miami went ahead when Hutton buried a shot with one second left in the stanza.

Melnick slid a pass through the slot to Green for a tap-in goal 3:45 into the second period, and Ryan Siroky scored an unassisted goal to extend the RedHawks’ lead to three.

But the USNDT tied it with three goals over a 9:25 span of the middle frame.

Zach LaValle put Miami ahead, 5-4, but Team USA rallied to tie the score again on DeBoer’s second marker of the night just over a minute into the third period.

Miami forward Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Finally, the RedHawks went ahead for good on the flashiest goal of the night. Melnick lost his stick but entered the offensive zone anyway, centering the pass to Green for a breakaway. Green buried his shot to make it 6-5.

Carson Meyer tapped in an empty netter with a second remaining to cap off the scoring.

Louie Belpedio and Phil Knies also picked up a pair of helpers for the RedHawks.

Jonathan Gruden, who is a Miami commit, dressed for Team USA and scored a goal.

Miami travels to Maine for a two-game series next weekend.

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Louis lifts Miami over Bowling Green in OT

OXFORD, Ohio – For Miami, the third overtime was a charm.

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After battling to a pair of ties early this season, RedHawks senior Anthony Louis scored in the extra session to lift Miami to a 2-1 win over Bowling Green at Cady Arena on Friday.

The RedHawks extended their unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) and remained undefeated in Oxford this season (2-0-2).

The teams combined for just 24 shots in the first two periods, with the Falcons leading, 14-10.

But 10 seconds into the third period, Louis slid a pass to a streaking Carson Meyer at the side of the net, and he roofed it to five Miami the lead.

Miami (3-1-2) was able to kill a major penalty assessed to Carter Johnson for interference, but the Falcons generated the equalizer on a 6-on-5 with 1:06 left in regulation. That’s when Mark Friedman wired a shot just inside the far post from the faceoff circle, sending the game to overtime.

Bowling Green (0-6-1) was assessed a boarding penalty a minute into the fourth stanza, and Louis made the Falcons pay. He was left alone to penetrate from the side of the net, and he fired one between the legs of goalie Chris Nell to win it with 2:55 left in the frame.

Meyer and Louis both finished with a goal and an assist. Meyer has five points in his last two games, and Louis has recorded points in four straight contests and goals in his last three.

They are tied for second on the team with seven points apiece. Louis leads MU with four goals.

Goalie Ryan Larkin stopped 20 shots in the win, but he saw his scoreless streak end at 124:57.

Josh Melnick ended a short shift with two minutes remaining in regulation and did not return, and the reason is unclear. He did not appear to be in discomfort when he left the ice.

The series finale is at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.