No. 2 Miami Back On Track; Drops No. 6 Ferris State
Jan. 16, 2010
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - No. 2 Miami showed no residual effects from last weekend's back-to-back losses, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first seven minutes and riding the hot goaltending of Cody Reichard for a 4-0 victory over Ferris State Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena.
Jarod Palmer, Andy Miele, Brandon Smith and Trent Vogelhuber scored goals to power the RedHawks to sole possession of first place in the CCHA.
Reichard stopped all 23 shots by the Bulldogs, tying the school record for shutouts in a season with four. Former RedHawk David Burleigh also blanked four opponents during the 2002-03 season.
Miami (14-4-5, 11-1-3-1 CCHA) jumped out to a 1-0 lead for the first time in four games just 7:02 into the first period. Palmer knocked in a rebound off a Vincent LoVerde shot from the point. Miele was also credited with an assist, his team-high 13th of the season. The RedHawks took the first seven shots in the period, finishing the stanza with a 14-9 advantage.
The RedHawks added a goal at 5:19 of the second. Miele took a perfect pass from Will Weber at the back post and buried the puck for a 2-0 lead. Chris Wideman started the play as the final seconds of a power play ticked away. Miami upped its advantage at 13:01 when Brandon Smith knocked in a pass across the crease from Curtis McKenzie. Devin Mantha had gained possession in the neutral zone and flicked it ahead to McKenzie at the blueline for a breakaway.
Vogelhuber sealed the victory with a rebound of his own shot with 1:34 left in the contest. The extra-attacker goal was assisted by Palmer and LoVerde.
"I thought we had great focus during practice this week," Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. "We got a couple lucky bounces and made the most of them against a good team. When they did have opportunities, Cody made some nice stops."
Miami killed off all seven Ferris State power plays, including a five-minute major midway through the third period. However, the RedHawks were also unsuccessful on five man-advantages, including a pair of 5-on-3 threes.
The two teams, which started the day tied for first with 34 points, wrap up the series with an late afternoon contest on Saturday. Faceoff is set for 5:05 p.m.