Miami University was bound to snap out the doldrums, and did on Saturday night at the World Arena.
Undaunted by a shaky first period in which they were out-shot by a 17-3 margin, the RedHawks exploded for five unanswered goals in the second frame and defeated Colorado College, 6-1, to earn a split of their weekend series.
Miami, the preseason favorite to finish first in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, came into the contest with a 2-8-2 record in its last 12 outings after falling 4-1 to the Tigers in Friday's series opener.
Having failed to convert on 27 consecutive power plays heading into Saturday's rematch, MU went 4-for-4 with the man advantage while building the big lead after 40 minutes. The first four tallies of the second-period uprising came within a span of 4:29.
CC, which dropped to 3-17-4 overall and 3-8-3-1 in league play, got a goal from sophomore center eight minutes into the game but were unable to solve sophomore netminder Jay Williams after that. Williams finished with 38 saves in the victory as the RedHawks improved to 10-11-3 overall and 4-9-1-1 in the NCHC.
"We started well," said head coach . "We moved well. We had them on their heels. And then slowly, they started to take over. I mean 17-3 in the first period – you come out ready to go, and you just can't convert. There's pucks laying everywhere. At that point, Williams was playing well but he really caught fire as the game went on and he gained confidence."
Sophomore right wing Riley Barber, who leads the conference in overall scoring, bounced back from an off night on Friday to score twice and add an assist for Miami. Freshman left wing Anthony Lewis matched Barber's three points with a goal and two assists.
Colorado College, riding momentum from Friday's triumph, dominated early and grabbed the lead when junior right wing set up linemate Bradley for a nice one-timer in the low slot. But the RedHawks, thanks to some sparkling work between the pipes by Williams, went to the locker room all even after Barber converted just five seconds into the game's first power play.
CC played without team scoring leader , who sat out with an injury sustained in Friday's contest. The Tigers are idle until resuming action with a two-game NCHC set at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 7 and 8.
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