Dec. 30, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miami and Minnesota State skated to a 3-all tie on day two of the Ohio Hockey Classic at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Mavericks won a shootout, 3-1, to take third place in the tournament. Both teams move their records to 7-10-3 on the year.
Minnesota State went up 2-0 on two goals within 3:15. Travis Morin opened the scoring with a goal at 11:54 of the first before Kurtis Kisio scored a power-play goal at 15:15. Minnesota State goalie Chris Clark stopped all 14 Miami shots in the period. RedHawk goalie Brandon Crawford-West had 10 stops on 12 Maverick attempts.
Miami scored the only two goals of the second period. Ryan Jones tallied just 1:38 into the stanza. Todd Grant tied the game with a goal at 9:06. Miami had 13 shots on net in the period and the Mavericks had eight.
In the third, Rob Rankin put the Mavericks up by one with a goal 1:06 into the period, assisted by Lucas Fransen and Brad Thompson. Miami’s Taylor Hustead tied the game with a goal at 12:54, with Matt Davis and Joe Cooper picking up the assists. Miami put 15 shots on net in the period and held the Mavericks to five.
In overtime, neither team was able to score. Miami had four attempts on net and Minnesota State had three.
In the game, Miami outshot Minnesota State, 46-28. Clark had 43 saves for the Mavericks and Crawford-West had 25 stops.
The Mavericks were 1-for-5 with the man advantage and stopped the RedHawks on all nine chances.
Miami head coach Enrico Blasi
On the game
“I view the game as a tie. We played well, our players played hard and I was pleased with their effort. If we play that well down the road I will be very happy, no matter what the outcomes. Actually, I don’t care about the outcomes if I am happy with their play. We played well tonight with a few exceptions here and there. I really like the make-up of the team and they are only going to get better.”
Junior defenseman Andy Greene
On adjustments during the game
“In the first period we were still feeling them out. They were coming at us hard, two at a time. In the second period we started to adjust to that. We started to work better and use each other more, which helps us when they come at us hard like that.”
Minnesota State head coach Troy Jutting
On the game
“It was a pretty good college hockey game. Miami played well. I thought in the first period we played well but we were tired. We aren’t in the kind of shape we need to be. (Goaltender Chris) Clark played an excellent game. That was the most shots we have faced all year by far. Tonight we need a better job of capitalizing on opportunities than we did last night. We did a good job on the penalty kill but we took too many penalties.”