|Miami of Ohio's Curtis McKenzie (front) races up ice ahead of|
LSSU's Matt Bruneteau during the Redhawks 4 - 1 win Saturday night
at Taffy Abel Arena.
“We went into the weekend thinking we could win two games and get a buy” (a week off during the first round of the upcoming conference playoffs) , said Laker head coach Jim Roque in Saturday nights post game interviews. “We really believed that in our hearts”
Miami senior Carter Camper got the Redhawks off to a fast start on Friday scoring on Laker starting goaltender Kevin Kapalka at just past the three minute mark of the first period. Reilly Smith extended the lead to 2 - 0 before the end of the first period and Justin Vaive tallied two scores in the second bringing the Redhawk advantage to 4 - 0.
|Miami's Andy Miele (right)brings the puck past LSSU's Kyle Haines|
and around the net as LSSU goaltender Kevin Kapalka (left)
slides to cover the open side of the goal.
Laker junior Fred Cassiani scored LSSU’s only goal of the night Friday when he beat Miami goaltender Cody Reichard at the 16:25 mark of the third period. Redhawk Carter Camper picked up his second of the night and nabbed the first of the Miami third period goals during a 5 on 3 opportunity followed by Reilly Smith’s second of the game with Pat Cannone and Andy Miele, who leads the nation in scoring, adding numbers seven and eight to the score sheet.
The Lakers celebration of their senior’s last home game didn’t get off to a much better start Saturday when a mistake at their offensive blue line quickly left goalie Kevin Kapalka facing a 4 on 1 rush. Reilly Smith, with assists from Andy Miele and Cameron Schilling, made the Lakers pay for the mistake to start the Redhawk scoring just over a minute into the game.
Miami’s Curtis McKenzie added an even strength goal and Will Weber took it to 3 - 0 with a short handed score. Matt Tomassoni capped off the Redhawks weekend with an empty netter just before the end of the third period.
LSSU captain Rick Schofield ended his regular season career with the Lakers only score of the night on a third period power play opportunity. It was certainly not the way Schofield anticipated his final non-playoff home game to end but according to Miami head coach Enrico Blasi his career at LSSU did not go unnoticed. “He’s been one of my favorite players in the league, he plays hard every night”. Asked about his post game on ice conversation with the Laker captain, Blasi said “I just told him that he’s had a great career, good luck in the playoffs.” “Hopefully things go well for him in the future. I would take him on our team any day.”
|Miami defenseman and Gaylord Michigan native Will Weber (left) and |
Reilly Smith (right) close in on LSSU team captain Rck Schofield
as he works the puck up ice.