The Miami RedHawks (4-3-1, 0-2-0 NCHC) did not trail until there was just 7:11 left in the game and yet, they still lost. But that’s what can happen when you’re playing the reigning national champions who have their eyes squarely fixed on winning another. Carter Mazur scored his second of two goals and his fifth on the weekend with 7:11 left to give the #3 Denver Pioneers (6-2-0, 2-0-0 NCHC) their first lead of the game and one they would not relinquish as Massimo Rizzo added an empty-net goal to seal the 4-2 victory. It was Denver’s eighth-straight victory over the RedHawks and their fourth-straight overall as they open NCHC play with a critical six points and sit atop the extremely early conference standings.
Rizzo scores an ENG to ice this one and the Pios will break out the brooms in Oxford. Big six points to open the NCHC portion of the schedule.
Credit where credit's due, Miami is much-improved. Gave Denver all they could handle for much of this game. I doubt they finish 8th.
— LetsGoDU (@LetsGoDU) October 29, 2022
The RedHawks gave the Pioneers fits, especially on the power play throughout the first two periods of the game, preventing DU from sustaining much zone time and forcing the Pioneers to 0/5 on the PP before Mazur’s game-winning goal on their sixth chance with the man-advantage. By the third period, though, the Pioneers had worn down the RedHawks with their speed and puck pressure and eventually won the war of attrition in Miami’s zone. The third period was an excellent showcase of the sheer difference between a rebuilding Miami team and a national title-contending Denver team. The Pioneers did what they had to do to grind out a victory against an upset-minded RedHawks, something that they’re certainly going to have to do plenty more times throughout the rest of the season.
We will post a full weekend road trip recap tomorrow morning.