Ice Hockey Completes Sweep of Nebraska Omaha With 6-2 Win

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OXFORD, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2000) - Miami University's ice hockey team enjoyed its best offensive outing of the season Saturday night, cruising to a 6-2 defeat of the University of Nebraska Omaha, which gave the RedHawks their first CCHA sweep since February of last season.

Miami came out firing, tallying a Nick Jardine (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) goal at 6:36 in the first period. Jardine's score, which was set up by Gregor Krajnc (Ljlubjana, Slovenia) and Pavel Nejezchleb (Zdar, Czech Republic), marked the first time in 19 games that the Red and White was able to tally the first goal in the first period of a contest. Krajnc, who tallied a hat trick in Friday night's contest, kept his hot hand with Miami's second goal at 11:40 in the frame. UNO's David Brisson scored with two seconds remaining in the period, to reduce Miami's lead to one goal.

The RedHawks continued their offensive in the second period, rolling up 12 shots on goal, including two more scores. Ernie Hartlieb (Sterling Heights, Mich.) struck a power play goal at 5:12 with help from Jason Deskins (Warren, Mich.) and Ken Marsch (Lake Forest, Ill.), and Evan Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) netted his fifth goal of the season with a lightning strike just 43 seconds later, assisted by Matt Chandler (Watertown, N.Y.). UNO's lone goal of the period came from Jason Cupp at 15:35.

Miami's defense applied the clamps in the final period, holding the Mavericks to just four shots on goal. Deskins tallied his fifth goal of the year at 8:07 to give Miami a season-high five goals and freshman Greg Hogeboom (Etobicoke, Ontario) put an exclamation point on the Miami win with an empty-net score at 18:53.

David Burliegh (North Vancouver, British Columbia), won his third consecutive game in net, stopping 16 Maverick shots. Dan Ellis absorbed the loss in net for the Mavericks.

With the win, Miami moved back to .500 for the first time since a 7-2 loss to the University of New Hampshire on Oct. 21. Miami has now won four-consecutive games while going unbeaten over its past five, both feats that have not been accomplished since the 1997-98 season.

Miami, which now stands at 5-5-2 and 2-3-1 in the CCHA, hosts Lake Superior State University next Friday and Saturday in what will be the RedHawks' last home contests for nearly two months. Both games start at 7:35 p.m. in Miami's Goggin Arena.