St. Cloud State had not played in 20 days, but the down time clearly did not affect the Huskies, who handed Miami its most lopsided loss in over 26 years.
SCSU (13-6) netted nine goals in the first 35 minutes en route to an 11-1 drubbing of the RedHawks at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday.
The last time Miami (4-17-2) lost by double digits was in a 13-0 loss at Michigan on Jan. 6, 1996.
The RedHawks – who were outshot by a 3-to-1 margin for the second straight contest – saw their winless streak reach six games (0-5-1), and they have not won a conference game since Nov. 5 at Omaha, going 0-11-1 in their last 12 NCHC tilts.
RECAP: St. Cloud State scored twice, then Miami’s Monte Graham batted his own rebound in out of the air at the side of the crease to make it 2-1, then the Huskies scored nine more.
STATS: Graham scored his third goal of the season and his first in league play.
John Sladic picked up a primary assist for the initial shot, his second point in as many games after not recording any the first 12 games of 2021-22.
Jack Olmstead earned the secondary helper, giving him five points in seven games.
In Miami’s last 120 minutes it has been outshot, 94-31.
THOUGHTS: What is going on with this team?
The score obviously tells the story: the RedHawks were awful in every facet of the game.
Miami may have set the NCAA all-time record for worst special teams, going 0-for-5 on the power play with two shorthanded goals allowed on the same advantage – including one 3-on-5 – and 0-for-2 on the penalty kill.
— Earlier this season when Persson was hurt, Logan Neaton was left in to allow seven goals, rather than insert third goalie Henrik Laursen.
If there was ever a case in hockey history where a starting should’ve been yanked, it was Friday, as Persson let in 11 on 42 shots.
So it’s obvious RedHawks coaches don’t think Laursen is ready for Division I action.
— Person certainly didn’t help himself, but he’s not the main reason for Miami’s worst loss in a quarter century.
Poor effort, poor decisions, poor defensive coverage, poor effort. Yes, effort is in there twice for a reason.
— Fourteen shots? The RedHawks trailed all game, and normally the trailing team will press offensively and generate shot, but they were outshot, 16-2 in the middle stanza and 10-5 in the third frame.
LINEUP CHANGES: Two, and they were both up front. Sladic, who ended up assisting on Miami’s lone goal, and Brian Silver returned up front.
Sladic had sat the last two games.
Not sure if this is deliberate, but Silver has played in every third game since Nov. 19, five total.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The final score tells the story.
It seems like if one envisions the worst-case scenario each weekend, Miami manages to surpass even the lowest of expectations.
This is the team the RedHawks head into the final stretch with, and NCHC foes aren’t going to take pity on Miami.