Dec. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Miami Athletics

OXFORD, Ohio -
Junior forward Alden Hirschfeld tallied his first career hat trick with three consecutive RedHawk goals in the second period, including the game-winner, to give No. 6 Miami a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Notre Dame Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena. The win moves the RedHawks (10-5-3, 8-4-2-1 CCHA) back into first place in the CCHA with 27 points, regaining the lead from the Irish (10-5-2, 8-3-1-1 CCHA), who took over first after Fridays win again Miami but are now in second place with 26 points.

Sophomore Garrett Kennedy tallied his first-career point with the first goal of the game at 13:35 of the opening stanza. Sophomore Steven Spinell fired a slap shot toward the goal from the right side that Kennedy redirected past Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays for the 1-0 lead. On the other end of the ice, junior goaltender Connor Knapp faced a barrage of shots, making 13 first-period saves to keep the Irish off the scoreboard.

Hirschfeld picked up his first goal of the game at 8:33 of the second period when he took a pass from senior Carter Camper and sent a slap shot on goal that hit Summerhays and skittered into the net.

Notre Dame broke through at 10:40 of the second to cut the Miami lead to 2-1 off the stick of Billy Maday.

Miami regained its two-goal advantage when Hirschfeld took a pass from senior Pat Cannone in the circle to Summerhays right and quickly fired a wrister toward the right side of the net. The Irish goalie tried to glove it, but it banked off his arm and into the net for the eventual game-winner, giving Miami a 3-1 lead at 13:41 of the second frame.

Hirschfeld capped off the hat trick at 15:38 of the second period on a wrister from the right boards that beat Summerhays low and gave the RedHawks a 4-1 lead. Senior Andy Miele and junior Chris Wideman earned assists on the play.

Junior Trent Vogelhuber added another insurance goal when he found himself in open ice at 17:09 of the second. He hung the puck out in front of him, pulled it back to his left and snuck it past Summerhays to put Miami up 5-1. Miele picked up his second assist of the night on the goal, while also helping extend his point streak to a career-best eight straight games and giving him a nation-best 23 helpers on the year.

Three quick penalties on the RedHawks gave Notre Dame a 5-on-3 power play at 18:58 of the second period. The Irish capitalized on the two-man advantage and cut their deficit to three at 5-2 just four seconds later on a goal by Jeff Costello.

The two teams played a scoreless third period as Knapp and Notre Dame replacement goaltender Mike Johnson each turned away eight shots on goal.

Miami ended 0-for-3 on the power play and killed off a season-high eight penalties in the game on nine Irish power plays. Notre Dame led in shots 29-23, but Knapps 27 saves gave him his fourth win of the season and third straight.

The RedHawks now have three weeks off before a trip to Estero, Fla. for the Florida College Classic Dec. 29-30. Miami faces No. 9 Maine on Dec. 29 and either St. Cloud State or Cornell the next day.