Denver Falls to Miami, 4-3
Pioneers outshoot RedHawks 47-19
Jan. 5, 2018
Oxford, Ohio -
The University of Denver Pioneers (11-6-4, 5-4-2-1) fell to the Miami University RedHawks (9-8-2, 4-4-1-0), 4-3, on Friday at Steve Cady Arena.
Denver outshot Miami, 47-19, but was unable to establish a lead in the game. Dylan Gambrell scored twice and Blake Hillman recorded three (3) assists.
"Special teams were huge and we didn't come back hard enough to our net," Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. "Their first two goals are rebound goals and they're beating us to the net. Our effort and intensity for 98 percent of this game
The RedHawks opened the scoring at 1:10 of the first period when Conor Lemirande took a shot from the right-wing boards that rebounded in front of the net for Casey Gilling to bury. Denver had a flurry of scoring chances after the
Miami extended its lead to 2-0 on a similar play at 4:12 of the second period as Rourke Russell scored on a long rebound from Kiefer Sherwood's shot. The Pioneers finally broke through at 14:33 of the second period, when Ian Mitchell moved the puck to Hillman whose shot from the point was redirected by Gambrell. Denver was outshooting Miami 32-13 at the second intermission.
At 4:25 of the third period, the RedHawks tallied again to make it 3-1. Gilling scored the power-play goal with a wrist shot from the high slot. Henrik Borgstrom brought Denver within one (1) goal five (5) minutes later, catching a pass from Hillman as he entered the zone and firing a shot past the blocker of RedHawks goalie Ryan Larkin. Only 47 seconds after Borgström's goal, Miami reestablished its two-goal cushion with Louie Belpedio's power-play goal.
Denver pulled the Tanner Jaillet with less than five (5) minutes remaining in the third period in an effort to close the two-goal gap and was rewarded with Gambrell's highlight-reel toe drag and shot for his second goal of the night at 17:10 of the frame. Terry and Hillman had assists on the goal.
The Pioneers finished 0/5 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill.
Jaillet finished with 15 saves.
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