Oct. 15, 2010

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Despite falling behind early, the fourth-ranked Miami University hockey team took advantage of its power play opportunities and scored six unanswered goals to defeat No. 10/11 St. Cloud State, 6-3, Friday night at the National Hockey Center. Senior Carter Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) scored two goals and had an assist while junior Cameron Schilling (Carmel, Ind.) handed out a career-high-tying three helpers.

The Huskies (1-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) struck less than five minutes into the contest as Drew LeBlanc carried the puck into the zone and fired a wrister from just above the right circle that squirted between the legs of junior goalie Cody Reichard (Celina, Ohio) to put the Huskies up 1-0.

Miami (2-1-0, 0-0-0 CCHA) quickly answered with the equalizer however, as senior Andy Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) scored his first goal of the year on the power play. Schilling blasted a shot from just inside the zone that was saved but the rebound popped out to Miele who buried the puck in the back of the open net to make it 1-1 at the 10:04 mark of the first frame. Camper picked up an assist on the score along with Schilling.

After SCSU had multiple scoring chances on its own power play, the 'Hawks took advantage of their second man-advantage situation of the period as sophomore Curtis McKenzie (Golden, B.C.) notched his first goal of 2010-11 to give Miami a 2-1 lead. Working the puck around the zone, junior Matt Tomassoni (Carol Stream, Ill.) fed classmate Chris Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.), who ripped a shot that was deflected by McKenzie past goalie Mike Lee at 15:08.

The RedHawks took the 2-1 lead into the first intermission, despite being out-shot 12-5, but scored on two of three power play chances. Reichard had 11 saves in the frame, including four on SCSU's two power plays.

Miami used the power play once again in the second period to up its lead to two as Miele snuck a pass between two Husky defenders to an open Camper who beat Lee stick side to make it 3-1 8:22 into the second stanza. The 'Hawks continued to pour it on in the second period, registering their first even strength goal of the night at the 16:58 mark as freshman Bryon Paulazzo (Redwood City, Calif.) scored his first career goal. Schilling set up the play with a pass to junior Trent Vogelhuber (Dublin, Ohio), who fired a shot that trickled between Lee's pads and Paulazzo cleaned up just before it crossed the goal line to put the margin at three.

Camper made it 5-1 at 2:56 of the third period with his fifth goal of the young season and second of the night. He stepped out of the penalty box after SCSU had a 5-on-3 power play and picked up a loose puck for a breakaway, as he beat Lee top shelf on the backhand, which was Miami's first short-handed goal of the year. Six minutes later the 'Hawks upped their lead to five as sophomore Reilly Smith (Mimico, Ont.) beat Lee with a blast off a feed from senior Pat Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.).

The Huskies added a power-play goal with 5:24 remaining in the game and Mitch MacMillan tacked on another Husky tally on the man advantage at the 19:31 mark, but Miami came away with the 6-3 victory.

The 'Hawks finished with a 31-24 edge in shots on goal, including a dominating 14-4 edge in the second period. Reichard finished with 21 saves while Lee ended with 25 stops. Miami went 3-for-6 on the power play in the game after capitalizing on three of its first four man advantage chances while SCSU went 2-for-7 on the power play with both coming late in the game.

The RedHawks go for the sweep of the Huskies Saturday night at the National Hockey Center with puck drop set for 8:07 p.m. ET (7:07 local).