Oxford, OH – Friday night the Falcons showed signs of recovering from their early-season struggles. But, the Falcons weren’t able to produce enough offense to overcome Miami. They fell 2-1 in overtime to the RedHawks.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons making 19 saves on 21 shots faced. Ryan Larkin started for Miami and stopped 14 of 15 Falcon attempts in the victory.
The RedHawks had a couple power play opportunities in the opening frame, but the Falcons responded with a much better defensive effort than what has plagued them early in the season.
The Falcons and RedHawks skated to a scoreless first period, with both teams challenging each other’s goaltenders with six shots.
The middle period was another case of two teams not willing to make the first mistake, as neither team was able to find the net. The Falcons had the shots advantage, however, testing Larkin eight times to Miami’s four opportunities.
Miami was able to draw first blood just ten seconds into the third period. Carson Meyer finished off passes from Anthony Louis and Josh Melnick on a three-on-two rush.
The Falcons had their best chance at a goal when Carter Johnson was called for a five-minute major for interference at 5:55 of the third period. But, the Falcons struggled to get set-up in the Miami zone and were unable to solve Larkin during the extended man-advantage.
Mark Friedman was finally able to solve Larkin at 18:54 of the final period. With Nell pulled for an extra attacker, Mitch McLain found a crashing Mark Friedman. He one-timed a rocket that beat Larkin for his second goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the third period with seven shots, while the RedHawks had five attempts. With the game ending in a tie, it went to an overtime period.
The RedHawks picked up the game winning goal at 2:05 of the overtime period. Anthony Louis wristed a shot that Nell got a piece of, but the puck trickled past him for the game-winner. The goal was a power play marker, as Stephen Baylis was serving a boarding penalty.
The RedHawk goal was the lone shot in the bonus period.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 0-6-1 on the season. The RedHawks improve to 3-1-2. The teams will conclude their series Saturday at 7:05 pm in Oxford.
- Anthony Louis (MU) – GWG, 1 A
- Carson Meyer (MU) – 1 G
- Ryan Larkin (MU) – 20 saves
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