No. 12 Miami RedHawks fly to 5-1 win
Reichard’s 19 saves, Miele’s three assists lead to victory
Miami (Ohio) Athletics
OXFORD, Ohio – No. 12 Miami used two short-handed goals and one power play tally to put an end to a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Bowling Green Friday night at Steve Cady Arena. The RedHawks (12-8-3, 9-6-2-1 CCHA) have now won 10 consecutive against the Falcons (7-16-2, 2-13-2-0 CCHA).
Cody Reichard stopped 19 of 20 shots as he held the Falcons scoreless for the first 54:01 to pick up his eighth win of the season. Andy Miele tallied three assists to push his season total to a national-best 26 and Curtis McKenzie scored the game-winner in the first period to lead the RedHawks.
Reilly Smith opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 10:42 of the first period. Steven Spinell stole the puck along the left boards in the Miami zone and sent it up ice to Smith, who had a step on the BG defense. The pass hit him in stride at center ice and he raced ahead and beat Falcon goalie Nick Eno with a low wrister for the 1-0 Miami lead.
The RedHawks added another score at 14:59 of the first period. Chris Wideman picked up the puck near his own zone and sent it ahead to Miele as the rest of the RedHawks made a line change. Miele skated in with a defender draped on him and took a shot on goal but was stopped by Eno. Miele collected his own rebound and skated back toward the blue line before sending a cross to an open McKenzie, who came in from Eno’s left and beat him over his left shoulder with a backhand for the 2-0 Miami lead.
The RedHawks added to the lead at 5:27 of the second period. On the penalty kill, Miami dumped the puck into the Bowling Green zone. Eno left the crease to retrieve it behind the net, but Miele sprinted in, stole the puck from the BG goaltender and centered to Alden Hirschfeld between the circles for Miami’s second shorty of the game and a 3-0 Miami lead.
The RedHawks picked up another special teams goal when Pat Cannone took a pass along the left boards just outside of the Bowling Green zone and skated in before firing a wrist shot high, stick-side into the back of the net just 54 ticks into the final period for the 4-0 Miami lead. Miele and Wideman picked up the assists.
Patrick Tiesling finished off the scoring for the RedHawks at 6:13 of the third period with his first career goal. Bryon Paulazzo and Garrett Kennedy chased a loose puck behind the Falcons’ net. Paulazzo came up with it and centered the puck to Tiesling, who put it away against his former roommate, Eno. Tiesling played for the Falcons from 2007-09, tallying 14 points, all on assists. This year he has five assists. Kennedy picked up the second assist on the score for his first career helper.
Bowling Green netted a goal on a 2-on-1 break at 14:01 of the third frame to prevent the shutout.
Miami led shots on goal 28-20 in the game. The RedHawks finished 1-for-7 on the power play while the Falcons were 0-for-9 with the nine penalty kills a season high for the ‘Hawks, killing three each period.