Jan. 24, 2010
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- No. 2 Miami used its highest-scoring first period of the season Saturday night -- three goals in a span of eight minutes -- to cruise to a 5-0 victory over Alaska at the Carlson Center. The win extended the RedHawks' CCHA unbeaten streak to 16 games.
Ten different RedHawks registered points, including four with a pair -- Reilly Smith, Matt Tomassoni, Tommy Wingels and Brandon Smith. Connor Knapp stopped all 19 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.
Reilly Smith started the scoring 6:42 of the first period when he tipped in a shot from Wingels on a delayed-penalty situation. Joe Hartman also earned an assist on the play. The RedHawks added to the lead six minutes later on a breakaway. Stephen Spinell picked up a loose puck in the defensive end and quickly pushed it ahead to Brandon Smith. A pass through the neutral zone was enough to create a breakaway down the right side for Tomassoni, who wristed a shot past Nanook goaltender Scott Greenham.
The three-goal barrage came to a close less than three minutes later when Palmer fired a one-timer from the right circle after a pass from behind the net by Andy Miele. Reilly Smith earned the second assist for his third multi-point game of the season. The goal forced Greenham to the bench for just the second time this season.
Carter Camper used a great individual effort to up the lead to 4-0 at 14:39 of the third. He stole the puck in neutral ice and headed toward the goal one-on-three. Though he never got an attempt off, he carried the puck in far enough for Wingels to jam it home in the crease. A review showed the puck crossed the line before the net came off its moorings.
Brandon Smith capped the scoring with his third goal of the season, taking advantage of a turnover in the Nanook defensive end.
"It was a good effort by all of our guys tonight," Head Coach Enrico Blasi said. "Connor played well and net and we came in with a determined effort. It was nice to get the win."
Miami now returns home for four straight games, starting next weekend against Western Michigan. Faceoff Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena.