Miami wins big, splits series with North Dakota
OXFORD, Ohio -- The University of North Dakota went on the road this weekend to play the No. 1 team in the country and came away with a series split.
Seems like a solid enough result.
But UND coach Dave Hakstol wasn't so accepting after UND lost the series finale 6-2 against Miami University on Saturday night.
"We wanted both," Hakstol said. "The old adage that splitting on the road is pretty good doesn't sit well with me. It doesn't sit well with us. We had a chance to come in here and win two games. I didn't think we did everything within our power tonight to accomplish that, so it doesn't sit well. We left something on the table tonight."
Miami forward Blake Coleman had a hat trick and each member of the RedHawks' top line -- Cody Murphy, Riley Barber and Austin Czarnik -- scored a goal in a game that the RedHawks blew open in the second period.
Miami scored three times in the span of 2 minutes, 11 seconds at the beginning of the second frame, chasing UND starting goalie Zane Gothberg and virtually ending any hope of a UND comeback by extending its lead to 5-0.
For UND, it was its first loss of the season. It dropped to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Association play. Miami improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the NCHC.
"We had really good energy through the entire first 30 minutes of the game," Hakstol said. "It's the details in a couple dirty areas that cost us the game tonight."
UND outshot Miami 17-9 in the opening frame, but went to the locker room at intermission trailing 2-0 on a wrist shot from Murphy from well above the circles and a goal off of a faceoff by Coleman.
In the second period, Barber tapped one in from the top of the crease at 3:40 and Coleman scored two goals in the span of 14 seconds to make it 5-0. The first one came when he found a loose puck sitting behind Gothberg. The second one was a bad-angle backhand that snuck by Clarke Saunders. It was the first shot Saunders saw since replacing Gothberg.
"I didn't think we made them work hard enough for it tonight," Hakstol said. "We gave up a tough first one. It's a tough one for Zane to give up. But throw out the first goal Those happen. Zane has been great for us. We were fine from there.
"We gave up a late goal off of a faceoff. The third goal was another detail in front of the net. The fourth goal was another faceoff. Those are details in some gritty areas that we have to do a better job on. Those are the ones that, as a team, we don't want to accept. Those took us out of the game."
UND's goals were scored by fourth-line forward Colten St. Clair and defenseman Gage Ausmus, who rifled in his first-career tally from the point at 6:05 of the third.
By then, it was too late.
"We came out with good speed the first 10 minutes of the game," UND alternate captain Stephane Pattyn said. "We didn't take care of the small details.
"It's going to be a good learning experience, being able to watch this one on tape and pick up on the small things we have to change. I think we know what we've got to change, but to see it on tape will help us."
UND has a two-week break before its next regular-season matchup against St. Cloud State in Ralph Engelstad Arena. On Saturday, the team will have an exhibition contest against the U.S. Under-18 team -- one that Hakstol says will serve as a "work day" for the team.
Miami helped expose a few areas that need the work.
"We came here to get two wins this weekend," St. Clair said. "That's what sucks. It wasn't that we weren't ready to play, we just got away from our game a little bit. We had energy through the whole game. It was just some certain things we did wrong. It's nothing big. It was little things that we can fix. And we're going to fix them right away."
Notes: Nick Mattson sat out Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. He's listed as day to day. Andrew Panzarella replaced him on defense. That was UND's only change. Miami removed Max Cook and Justin Greenberg from the forward lines and replaced them with Devin Loe and Bryon Paulazzo. On defense, Johnny Wingels replaced Michael Mooney.