RedHawks Crush Friars in Denver Cup Classic
Nov. 25, 2011
DENVER - Senior forward Alden Hirschfeld and freshman forward Blake Coleman each had two goals and an assist while the Miami hockey team scored a season-high six goals en route to a convincing 6-2 win over Providence Friday afternoon at Magness Arena in the first game of the Denver Cup Classic. With the win, the RedHawks (7-6-2) extended their unbeaten streak to a season-long seven games while evening the all-time series with the Friars (6-5-1) at 3-3-0, as the teams had not met since the 2000-01 season.
Miami outshot Providence, 40-21, just one shot shy of tying a season high, while going 2-for-5 on the power play. The two man-advantage goals tied a season high while the RedHawks killed all three penalties they were whistled for, which tied a season low for penalties. Coleman's three points marked a career high while his two goals tied his career high that he set just two games ago on Nov. 18 against Bowling Green. Hirschfeld's three points also tied a career high while freshman forward Jimmy Mullin finished with a career-best two points on a goal and an assist.
Miami wasted little time jumping ahead, as Hirschfeld found the back of the net just 4:10 into the game for his fourth tally of the year. The RedHawks sustained an attack in the offensive zone for an extended period of time and junior defenseman Steven Spinell kept the play alive before feeding senior forward Trent Vogelhuber in the right circle. Vogelhuber then centered to Hirschfeld in front of the net as he beat Providence goalie Alex Beaudry five-hole to give Miami the 1-0 lead.
The `Hawks appeared to make it 2-0 with just over four minutes left in the opening period when a shot by junior forward Reilly Smith was saved but then bounced off Beaudry's back into the net. However, the goal was reviewed and waived off as the officials determined a RedHawk was in the crease, causing goalie interference. Miami did make it 2-0 with just 4.5 seconds left in the frame however, as Smith roofed the puck over Beaudry's left shoulder. Mullin caused a turnover and fed Smith for a 2-on-1 break the other way which Smith buried for his team-leading ninth goal of the year.
Providence cut the lead in half just 2:34 into the second period, capitalizing on a Miami turnover. Senior defenseman Chris Wideman's pass was intercepted by David Brown, who skated in and beat senior goalie Connor Knapp glove-side to make it 2-1. Just over two minutes later, the RedHawks bumped their lead back to two as Hirschfeld scored for the second time in the game. Just as a Friar penalty was expiring, Coleman centered to Hirschfeld, whose initial shot was saved but he put home his own rebound to make it 3-1.
Miami made it 4-1 6:35 into the middle stanza when Coleman notched a goal of his own. Sophomore forward Bryon Paulazzo carried a loose puck into the zone with a defender on him. He dropped it off for Coleman above the right circle where Coleman skated in and went back-hand, top shelf for his fourth goal of the year. Mullin then made it 5-1 with 9:57 left in the second frame on the power play. He gathered a rebound from a shot by freshman forward Austin Czarnik, circled around the zone, weaving through defenders and fired a wrister between the circles to beat Beaudry stick-side for his third career tally. Providence then pulled Beaudry following the goal in favor of fellow senior Justin Gates.
The Friars got one back with 2:24 remaining in the second stanza. Derek Army gathered a rebound and beat Knapp high on his glove side to make it 5-2 on assists from Drew Brown and Chris Rooney. The period ended with Miami on top, 5-2, already recording a season high for goals with the three second-period goals the most in any period this year.
The `Hawks then made it 6-2 6:36 into the final frame on the power play as Coleman found the twine for the second time Friday and fifth time in his career. Czarnik fed Hirschfeld crossing in front of the net but he was unable to control it and left it for Coleman, who beat Gates from right in front of the net for his second-career multi-goal game.
Knapp finished with 19 saves to earn his second victory of the year as he made his first start since Oct. 28. Beaudry ended with 18 saves for PC and took the loss while Gates stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced after replacing Beaudry.
The RedHawks round out their stint in the Denver Cup Classic Saturday when they battle host and No. 9/10 Denver at 9:07 p.m. ET (7:07 p.m. local) at Magness Arena. Should the Pioneers beat Princeton in Friday's nightcap, Saturday's game with DU would be for the Denver Cup Classic title.