Nov. 17, 2012
Oxford, Ohio - The Spartan offense struggled for consistency on Saturday night, falling at Miami, 2-0. The Spartans snap a streak of three straight Saturday victories, and fall to 4-6-2 overall and 3-4-1-1 in CCHA play.
Freshman Jake Hildebrand made his third straight start for the Spartans in net, and his 34 saves kept MSU in the game. MSU had seven of its 12 shots in the opening period, and had difficulties generating many offensive chances in the final periods.
"We didn't have any offensive rhythm whatsoever, and we expended a lot of energy killing that major penalty in the second period," said head coach Tom Anastos. "I thought that our defense played really hard, and Hildebrand was outstanding again. The story here is that we just couldn't get the offense going."
Just seconds after Jake Hildebrand laid out to make an incredible toe save on Curtis McKenzie, the RedHawk winger tipped a Riley Barber shot to take a 1-0 lead. Austin Czarnik won the faceoff to Hildebrand's right, and Barber's shot was tipped in flight by McKenzie for his third marker of the season. The goal came at 12:02 of the opening period.
It took the home team until there were just over three minutes remaining in regulation to pad their lead, mostly due to the outstanding play of the Spartan freshman netminder. Through three power plays - one a five-minute major whistled against Lee Reimer for hitting from behind - Hildebrand turned aside shot after shot, whether long-range bombs or close-in tip attempts that the home team threw at him.
Miami's second goal came at 16:15 of the third period. The Spartans turned the puck over in their offensive zone, leading to a rush the other way. Wideman carried it into the offensive zone and wristed it high glove-side, netting his second of the weekend.
MSU will be idle next weekend, and will next play on Nov. 30, when it welcomes Big Ten rival Ohio State to Munn Ice Arena for a two-game set.