OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami finished off its second consecutive sweep of a nationally-ranked team from the state of Michigan on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Michigan.
The first period was hard and physical, but got a little too rough at 13:31 as Matt Rust was called for a five-minute major for checking and a game-misconduct penalty. The penalties resulted in an ejection for Rust and a five-minute power play for the RedHawks. The Red and White came up empty on the advantage, but just as the power play ended, Carter Camper put the RedHawks on the board. Justin Mercier took a shot that Michigan’s Bryan Hogan kicked wide. Tommy Wingels grabbed the rebound and found Camper in the slot.
Miami went 0-for-2 on the power play in the period, including the five-minute major, but the RedHawk penalty kill also stopped Michigan on its only man advantage of the period. Connor Knapp picked up where Cody Reichard left off last night, making four saves in the first frame.
Wingels would give the RedHawks a two-goal advantage 2:41 into the second period on a hard one-timer. Camper picked up the assist as he found Wingels with a well-placed cross-ice pass. The Wolverines would get an opportunity to close the gap, when Pat Cannone was called for slashing at 14:16 of the frame. Michigan took advantage as Chris Summer found the net at 14:43 of the second period, ending Miami’s streak of 25-consecutive penalty kills.
The Wolverines would have another big opportunity when Will Weber was called for boarding late in the second and 35 seconds later Mercier picked up a slash. The Miami penalty kill came up big and killed off the 1:25 two-man advantage for the Maize and Blue. Miami went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill in the second and was held to 0-for-2 on the power play.
Both teams peppered the opposing goalie in the third period as Hogan and Knapp each made 13 saves to keep the third period scoreless. Miami and Michigan each went 0-for-2 on the power in third as well.
Next up for the RedHawks is a weekend off before traveling to take on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., Dec. 6-7. The game on Sunday, Dec. 7, will be televised live on ESPNU.
Miami RedHawk Hockey
#9 Michigan at #7 Miami
Nov. 22, 2008 • Steve Cady Arena
Miami completed its first sweep of Michigan since Dec. 2-3, 2005. The Wolverines still lead the series 66-20-3 overall and 21-17-1 in Oxford.
The Saturday win was the sixth straight for the RedHawks against nationally-ranked teams. They completed sweeps of Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan - all CCHA opponents - in a span of five weekends.
Miami saw its penalty-killing streak snapped in the second period. The RedHawks entered the game with 23 straight successes when down a man, but allowed a goal on the Wolverines' third attempt. With three kills after that, MU has now been successful on 29 of its last 30 attempts.
Connor Knapp improved to 5-1-1 in goal this season, while his counterpart, Bryan Hogan, fell to 6-1-0. The loss was Michigan's first on a Saturday night this season. Knapp was the game's first star, while Hogan was the third.
Knapp has allowed only four goals in his last 12 periods.
Miami is now 7-0-1 this season when scoring first.
Senior forward Justin Mercier played in his 131st career game for the RedHawks. The all-time school record is 161 by Ryan Jones from 2004-08.
Carter Camper tallied his seventh goal of the season in the first period and added an assist in the second. He now has nine points in his last nine games and tied for the overall team lead with 16 points. It was Camper's fifth multiple-point game in 14 games this season.
Tommy Wingels also had a goal and an assist for the RedHawks, amounting to his first multiple-point game of the year. He now has three goals and three assists in 14 games.
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