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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.
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) February 23, 2019
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.