OXFORD, Ohio - Eying a series split against No. 3/4 St. Cloud State, the Miami hockey team came out with a better start and controlled territorial play for large stretches, but could not find the back of the net in a 4-0 loss on Saturday night.
The Huskies (19-6-3, 13-4-1-0 National Collegiate Hockey) finished off the series sweep with the result while the RedHawks fall to 10-15-3 (5-11-2-0 NCHC).
St. Cloud State drew the first scoring chance as Patrick Newell hit the post from the slot just under two minutes into the contest. Miami got the first power play opportunity at the 2:52 mark. SCSU killed off that penalty and then another minor it took at the 6:51 mark to leave it scoreless near the midway point of the first.
Miami showed good pressure at various points of the period and successfully killed off a couple penalties of its own. MU ended up holding an 8-6 first period shot advantage, but the teams remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
While MU killed off a carryover penalty and another St. Cloud State power play to start the second period, SCSU managed to draw first blood as Nick Poehling converted a transition opportunity 3:48 into the middle frame to go on top 1-0.
The RedHawks carried play in the Huskies' zone for large stretches of the second, ultimately outshooting them 9-5 despite having to kill off three penalties. Despite the territorial play in the SCSU end, MU entered the third still trailing by a goal.
Miami continued to apply pressure looking for the equalizer and got a couple golden opportunities. Dogged defensive work and a heads up pass by Josh Melnick sprung Carson Meyer for a breakaway, but he was hooked before getting off a shot. That led to a penalty shot with just 4:14 gone by in the third. However, Hrenak managed to stop Meyer's tying bid to leave it 1-0.
With 13:14 remaining, the Huskies were called for a penalty to put the Red and White on the power play. MU was only able to generate one shot on the man advantage as Hrenak made another stop to keep SCSU in front. Patrick Newell then made it 2-0 by finding the puck in the slot and scoring just inside the right post with 9:57 remaining.
After killing off another St. Cloud State power play, the RedHawks got a man advantage of their own with 3:58 remaining. Sensing the need to push the envelope, MU pulled the goaltender for an extra skater, but SCSU recovered the puck off the ensuing faceoff and Newell potted his second of the night to make it 3-0 with 3:52 showing on the clock. The Huskies got another empty netter from Judd Peterson with 2:08 left to cap the scoring.
The RedHawks finished with a 30-21 shot advantage and killed off all five Husky power plays, but went 0-for-4 on the man advantage themselves in suffering the defeat. Pressed into action late, Chase Munroe made 17 saves on 19 shots while Hrenak turned away all 30 MU attempts.
Miami heads out on the road next weekend for a series against Minnesota Duluth. Friday's opener begins at 8:07 p.m. ET.