It was a disastrous road trip for UConn.
After suffering a 6-3 loss to Boston University in their home opener, the Huskies wanted to make a statement against Miami University. Instead, the RedHawks outscored the Huskies 10-1 on the weekend, taking both games of the series.
Miami rode a hot start and some solid goalkeeping to steal a 3-0 win on Friday night.
The Huskies have made a habit of coming out of the gates slow. After giving up two goals in the games’ first two minutes last Saturday, UConn once again fell behind early.
Carson Meyer and Scott Dornbrock gave Miami a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark. Gordie Green put a bow on the first period when his one timer found the back of the net with nine minutes remaining in the period.
There was little hope of a UConn comeback as Miami put them in a defensive guillotine. The RedHawks held the Huskies to a season-low 19 shots.
Well, it was a season low for at least a day.
The RedHawks managed to outdo themselves in the rematch, holding the Huskies to just 18 shots in a 7-1 rout on Saturday.
UConn was playing from behind early after Miami scored twice in the first period. Adam Karashik cut the lead in half when he scored shorthanded. Corey Ronan did most of the heavy lifting on the goal, collecting a loose puck and bringing it the length of the ice. His breakaway attempt was stopped but Karashik was there to put home the rebound.
The RedHawks pulled away in the third. Phil Knies scored on a wrap around just 1:25 into the third and the Miami scored twice on the power play soon after to push the lead to 5-1. Louie Belpedio and Austin Alger both scored late to put the finishing touches on the blowout.
Miami finished 4-7 on the power play.
The weekend sweep drops the Huskies to 2-5-1. UConn has now given up 12 combined goals in the first period.
The Huskies will hope to snap their three-game skid when they host Hockey East rival Vermont at the XL Center for a two game series. The Huskies and Catamounts will drop the puck at 7:00 p.m. Friday and will be back in action less than 24 hours later for a 3:35 matchup on Saturday.
Bryan Lambert is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.