Cold Shooting Pioneers Fall to Redhawks 3-1

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Denver (16-8-4, 8-8-2) out-shot (47-21) and out-hustled the Miami Redhawks but could not overcome a three goal deficit. DU has been able to win a number of games this season being out-shot on the scoresheet but this time, Miami returned the favor. And, it has been eight games since Denver has been able to score more than two goals.

Ryan Siroky got Miami’s first goal at 3:08 of the first period. Siroky also scored Miami’s second goal at 1:53 of the second period. Less than a minute later, his teammate, Karch Bachman, found the back of the net to build a 3-0 lead. Twenty minutes later, at 3:35 of the third period, Ian Mitchell scored for Denver to make the score 3-1. Denver controlled the puck the balance of the game and had some quality chances but could never bury the puck against goaltender Ryan Larkin who played an outstanding game for the visitors. 

The loss was a blow to Denver in the Pairwise Rankings, losing to the Redhawks who are perched at #38. Denver needs to break out of their recent scoring malaise but that will have to wait until Saturday night when the Pioneers get another crack at Miami.

Give the Redhawks credit, they jumped on Denver early, clogged the middle, and pushed Denver shooters to the perimeter. It looks like Denver will have to work through traffic to solve Larkin and break  their current scoring slump. But, Friday night’s loss was not for a lack of effort.

2 thoughts on “Cold Shooting Pioneers Fall to Redhawks 3-1”

  1. Frustrating night for Pio fans. First of all, hat’s off to Larkin, who was magnificent in goal for Miami. He stole the game, and kudos to him.

    On the Pioneer side, 47 DU shots on goal usually means 4 goals and a victory, as you usually get 1 goal for every 10 or 11 shots on goal at this level of hockey. So it wasn’t for lack of DU effort…DU skated hard, controlled the puck for much of the night and made Larkin make some great saves.

    Unfortunately, Cooley had a bad night in goal for the Pios. You can’t give up three goals on the first eight shots from any opponent. Ever.

    That said, DU’s offense is slumping and has been for a while. The finishing isn’t there and the big guns just aren’t scoring. Carle shook up the lines to try to get things moving. Hopefully, they get back on track soon…

  2. Bad loss and a frustrating game for DU last night. With all due respect to Miami, that’s a team DU should beat 9 times out of 10, and especially on home ice, DU has to win these types of games coming down the stretch.

    The effort level was there. DU skated well, possessed the puck, created turnovers, and pressured Miami with a solid forecheck, but just couldn’t get enough pucks past Larkin. Carle said it well in his postgame comments–DU put a lot of shots on net, but too many were from the perimeter. I’d like to see the Pios crash the net more tonight, get in Larkin’s face, and make him more uncomfortable. The one goal DU scored last night appeared to be on a perfect screen. Larkin was obviously locked in and if saw it last night, he was going to save it.

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