Bulldogs nip Miami in series opener

Dave Harwig / UMD Athletics
No visiting club has found the going tougher at Amsoil Arena than Miami University, and Friday night the RedHawks struggles continued.

The Bulldogs got goals from four different players and sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard turned aside each of the 16 shots he faced in a 4-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference victory over Miami, which is winless in its last 10 visits to Amsoil Arena (0-9-1) after debuting there with a win back on Oct. 31, 2014.

Rookie defensemen Mikey Anderson and Louie Roehl, junior right winger Billy Exell and sophomore center Jade Miller, who came into the night with a combined seven goals on the season, scored for the No. 11 Bulldogs.

Anderson’s power play tally, which came at 8:19 of the first period, gave UMD all of the scoring it would need. Exell was credited with a goal two minutes later to make it 2-0 and Miller then struck 3:15 into the second period on a redirect. Roehl capped things off midway through the final period when he took a cross ice feed from freshman center Travis Richards and potted his first collegiate goal.

Shepard, who was making his 26th straight start, registered his fourth shut out of the season and second in NCHC play while helping the Bulldogs end a three-game losing skid.

The Bulldogs kept Miami off the board on all four of its power plays to extend their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 34. UMD went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

“I liked our start and I thought we played a pretty good game,” said UMD head coach Scott Sandelin. “Our guys had their legs tonight and defensively I thought we did a good job by limiting them to just 16 shots.”

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. — Source: UMD Athletics

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