Miami Beats Notre Dame Hockey in Final Seconds, 5-4
OXFORD, Ohio - Adam Copeland capitalized on a Notre Dame giveaway and scored with 20 seconds left to play as #5-ranked Miami University emerged with a 5-4 victory over visiting Notre Dame in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at the Goggin Ice Arena.
Notre Dame (5-4-0, 2-3-0 CCHA) claimed the lead three times in the first two periods only to see Miami quickly gain the equalizing goals.
Miami (7-1-0, 4-1-0 CCHA), which entered the game with a CCHA-leading .323 power-play percentage, converted on two of three man-up chances, with the last providing a 4-3 cushion heading into the second intermission. The Irish entered the game having allowed just three opponent power-play goals in the previous eight games.
Miami played the puck down the right boards in the closing seconds and Irish freshman defenseman Mark Eaton prepared to send a clear back up the sideboards. But Gregor Krajnc was shadowing Eaton, picked off the puck and quickly fired a pass into the crease for Copeland, who one-timed a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
Notre Dame senior center Lyle Andrusiak forged the fourth tie of the game midway through the third period, poking the puck home in a scramble at the top of the crease following a shot from the right circle by junior right wing Brian Urick (9:16).
Miami surged ahead 4-3 in the second period behind goals from Tim Leahy and Krajnc. Leahy tied the game less than a minute after Andrusiak's first goal, with the Irish failing to clear the zone and Leahy one-timing a pass from the right boards by Krajnc (5:32).
The Redhawks went ahead midway through the second period, with Krajnc converting on a power-play scramble at the top of the crease (11:32).
Notre Dame junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir opened the scoring with a power-play goal five minutes into the game, slapping home a rebound from the top of the right circle into the upper right corner of the net. Miami gained the equalizer just 54 seconds later, when Alex Kim sent a shot from the slot and knocked home the rebound after a kick save from Irish senior goaltender Matt Eisler.
Sophomore right wing Joe Dusbabek put the Irish back in front at the 7:46 mark of the first period after taking a pass from classmate Ben Simon at the left circle and quickly redirecting the puck inside the right post. Freshman defenseman Ryan Clark fed the puck to Simon for his first career point with the Irish. Miami again tied the game, five minutes before the first intermission, with Dan Boyle knocking home a power-play shot in the slot following crisp passes from Tim Leahy and Marc Tropper.
Notre Dame claimed its third lead of the game early in the second period. Freshman defenseman Mark Eaton sent a lead pass up the middle of the ice for Andrusiak, who skated into the slot with a Miami play riding his back before nudging a backhanded shot on goal and slapping the rebound inside the left post (4:29).
NOTRE DAME (5-4-0, 2-3-0 CCHA) 2 1 1 - 4 MIAMI UNIV. (7-1-0, 4-1-0 CCHA) 2 2 1 - 5 1ST: ND 1. Cotnoir 1 (Simon) PP 5:02; MIA 1. Kim 6 (Whitecotton) 5:56; ND 2. Dusbabek 1 (Simon, Clark) 7:46; MIA 2. Boyle 7 (T. Leahy, Tropper) PP 15:04. 2ND: ND 3. Andrusiak 3 (Eaton) 4:29; MIA 3. T. Leahy 8 (Krajnc, Boyle) 5:32; MIA 4. Krajnc 5 (T. Leahy, Tropper) PP 11:07. 3RD: ND 4. Andrusiak 4 (Urick) 9:16; MIA 5. Copeland 5 (Krajnc, T. Leahy). SHOTS: ND 14-6-5/25, MIA 6-12-10/28. SAVES: ND (Eisler) 4-10-9/23, Miami (Prior) 12-5-4/21. POWER PLAY: ND 1-for-2, MIA 2-for-3. PENALTIES: ND 5 for 10:00, MIA 4 for 8:00.