A lack of scoring continues to be a problem for Miami.
The RedHawks were held to one late goal in a 4-1 loss to Colorado College in the Omaha pod on Tuesday.
MU (1-6) has now lost four of its last five meetings vs. the Tigers (2-2-1) and has failed to score multiple goals for the fifth time in seven contests this season.
RECAP: CC’s Grant Cruikshank opened the scoring when a deflected pass ended up on his stick at the right faceoff dot, and he beat Miami goalie Ben Kraws with a wrister 6:55 into the second period.
Just 2:05 later, the Tigers’ Josiah Slavin stole the puck behind the RedHawks’ net and centered it for Patrick Cozzi, who rammed it in to make it 2-0.
Colorado College’s Ben Copeland scored on an empty netter to extend his team’s lead to three with 3:27 left.
Miami scored its lone goal when Matthew Barbolini fought for a loose puck in the slot, and his shot ended up deflecting to teammate Derek Daschke at the side of net, and he batted it in to cut the deficit to two.
Logan Will sealed it with the Tigers’ second empty netter of the game with 1:32 to play.
STATISTICS: Daschke scored the lone Miami goal, No. 18 of his career, tying him with Rhys Hollyman for eighth all-time on the RedHawks’ defenseman goal leaderboard.
— Barbolini picked up his fourth point in five games, and Monte Graham earned the other assist, his second point of 2020-21.
— Kraws actually faced a season-low 28 shots, stopping 26. His save percentage is a respectable .912.
— Miami went 0-for-2 on the power play, dropping to 4.2 percent on the season. But the penalty kill was perfect (3 of 3) and is now 87.5 percent.
THOUGHTS: Kraws played well again, but the rest of the team once again didn’t do enough to win.
At some point, the RedHawks will need to generate at least 20 shots and score more than one goal.
They’ve netted at least two goals in just two of seven games, by the way.
First liners Casey Gilling and Ryan Savage both were hurt early this season, but Gilling played his second straight game and Savage returned for this contest, so Miami can’t blame injuries.
Frankly, the top lines just weren’t good enough, and they weren’t great last game either.
MU survived for two periods with both teams scoreless, but the Tigers torched the RedHawks for back-to-back goals plus two empty netters in that last 20.
— Miami has now been outscored, 19-5 after the opening stanza. Why is this team unable to remain competitive after the opening stanza?
And this was against a Colorado College team that is also trying to turn the corner in rebuilding mode.
Not encouraging that the RedHawks couldn’t hang with the Eagles.
LINE CHANGES: Returning from an eight to a seven-defenseman lineup, Miami needed to go net-minus-1 at that position, and the two Alecs – Capstick and Mahalak – were both scratched, with Andrew Sinard dressing.
Caleb Rule was added up front, as the RedHawks went from 11 forwards to 12.
The goalie rotation continued, as it has for all seven games this season.
STANDINGS: Miami further solidified its position in last in the NCHC with just four points in six games.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is the inconsistency that has plagued Miami for years and the the cancer that coach Chris Bergeron has been hired to fix.
Perfunctory kudos to Colorado College, which thoroughly outplayed the RedHawks in every facet and deserved the win.
But this should’ve at least been an even contest, with a pair of teams vying for rebuild supremacy.