The No. 7 Omaha hockey team was blanked this weekend in two home losses against unranked Miami (OH). The Mavericks lost 3-1 on Friday, then 7-3 on Saturday. With the losses, Omaha falls to 15-8-1 (5-8-1 NCHC) on the year. The Mavericks have lost four straight at Baxter Arena, after starting off 9-0 in their new home.
Game 1: L 3-1
Both the Miami and Omaha offense got off to late starts in Friday night’s conference matchup. The first period displayed a defensive battle with the two teams coming up empty on a combined 15 shots.
Miami’s Kiefer Sherwood broke the 0-0 tie at 13:47 with a shot that found its way past Omaha goalie Alex Blankenburg just under the crossbar. It was Sherwood’s fourth goal of the year.
The Mavericks were able to even the score early in the third period. At 3:32, Luc Snuggerud found Austin Ortega waiting in the left faceoff circle who sent a shot past MU goalie Jay Williams.
Despite outshooting the RedHawks 14-12 in the third, Blankenburg allowed a late goal at 17:57 from defenseman Matthew Caito. Miami’s Kevin Morris then scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left to seal the victory.
Overall, Omaha was outshot 34-28. Blankenburg made 31 saves but took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year.
Game 2: L 7-3
In the series finale, the Miami offense exploded for 7 goals, with six of them coming in the second period.
The RedHawks once again got the first goal when forward Connor Lemirande scored late in the first period, sliding a shot past junior Oma-ha goalie Kirk Thompson.
Miami wasted no time in the second period as Kevin Morris scored just 42 seconds in. Sean Kuraly then scored at 3:12, opening the offensive flood-gates.
Lemirande would go on to score two more goals for his first career hat trick. Anthony Louis and LaVelle then scored 55 seconds apart to complete the scoring onslaught.
Omaha freshman Mason Morelli would notch two goals and Ian Brady scored late to make the final score 7-3.