Miami RedHawks rout Colorado College

cc vs wmu2A sub-par effort has Colorado College looking up at the rest of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference following a 6-1 home loss to Miami on Friday night.

Omaha’s 6-3 win at No. 1 North Dakota pulled the Mavericks ahead of the last-place Tigers (7-9-1, 2-6-1 NCHC). UNO and CC entered the weekend tied for seventh in the eight-team league.

Miami simply dominated the Tigers, who were never in the game.

“We lost a lot of battles early on,” CC coach Mike Haviland said. “These are guys who have been around, some of them for 100 (NCAA) games, and they lost battles. You can’t lose battles and expect to win a hockey game.”

Miami (6-10-3, 3-5-1-1) controlled the game all night, especially during the first period when the visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an unassisted shorthanded goal for RedHawks defenseman Derek Daschke with 1:19 left in the opening frame.

The first boos of the night were heard at that point. They wouldn’t be the last.

MU had opened the scoring when defenseman Jack Clement’s bad-angle shot found its way past goalie Ryan Ruck (14 saves), whose mistake about seven minutes later pushed the RedHawks ahead 2-0.

Ruck came well out of his crease to poke away the puck, but sent the rubber straight to forward Chase Pletzke who fired toward the wide-open Tigers net. CC defenseman Brady Smith raced to the crease and blocked that shot, but center Ryan Savage put away the rebound for a 2-0 lead.

There would be no sustained comeback in the second period. Freshman Matt Vernon (22 saves) came on for Ruck and Miami beat him for a 4-0 lead just 1:42 into the middle frame.

A no goal ruling for Christiano Versich after he collided with Miami goalie Ryan Larkin (25 saves) midway through the period riled up the CC fans and seemed to jump start the Tigers. Chris Wilkie scored about two minutes later to make it 4-1.

But Miami would answer with Matt Barry scoring off a pass from Ben Lown for a 5-1 lead with about five minutes left in the second.

Miami opened the third period on a 5-on-3 power play and Gordie Green scored 51 seconds in for a 6-1 lead that finished off the Tigers, who are now 2-5-1 at home this season.

“We need to flush it and move on,” Haviland said. “It’s as simple as that. We will respond tomorrow.”

The series concludes at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Ice chips

Omaha’s upset win ended a 13-game home winning streak for North Dakota (16-2-2, 7-1-1), which had a 15-game unbeaten streak going as well.

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