Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm / Updated at 12:49 am
Mavs forge tie, fall in shootout

OXFORD, Ohio — UNO rallied from a two-goal deficit to force an overtime tie at 2-2, but the Mavericks ultimately emerged with one standings point after Miami (Ohio) won a seven-round shootout Friday night.

Freshman Austin Ortega’s fifth goal of the season, on a power play at the 7:02 mark of the third period, completed UNO’s comeback from 2-0.

In the shootout, Miami won 3-2 as Sean Kuraly scored the clincher, giving the RedHawks a second standings point. Miami’s Austin Czarnik and UNO’s Josh Archibald were the only shooters to have success in the first three rounds. Both Miami’s Cody Murphy and UNO’s Nick Seeler converted in the fifth round.

After Kuraly’s goal, Michael Young was denied by Miami goalie Ryan McKay to end it.

The Mavs (8-11-2, 5-4-2-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) saw their winless streak extended to seven games (0-5-2, with one shootout victory).

With 18 points, UNO dropped to fourth in the NCHC, five points behind first-place St. Cloud State. The RedHawks moved up to seventh, with 11 points.

Miami (9-9-3, 3-7-1-1) scored the only goal in a first period in which each team managed three shots on goal. Bryon Paulazzo got his third goal of the season at 10:13.

Czarnik, a Hobey Baker Award candidate who missed last Saturday’s game with a concussion, scored his 10th goal of the season at 9:11 of the second period to give the RedHawks their 2-0 lead.

But UNO’s Brock Montpetit, who hit a pipe on a late first-period chance, picked up his eighth goal 42 seconds later to keep the Mavs within striking distance. Ortega and Jake Guentzel were credited with assists.

Montpetit and Jaycob Megna had assists on Ortega’s game-tying goal.

Like last week against Minnesota-Duluth, UNO had a whopping shots-on-goal advantage, putting 27 shots on target to Miami’s 13.

McKay (6-6-3) made 25 saves for the RedHawks, while Ryan Massa (5-5-1) turned aside 11 for UNO.

The Mavs also stopped all six Miami power plays, which generated a total of four shots on goal. Four of the man advantages were in the third period or overtime.

The Mavs haven’t allowed a power play goal in three games and have killed off their last 13 short-handed situations.

UNO (8-11-2, 5-4-2-1) .......................................... 0 1 1 0—2

At Miami (9-9-3, 3-7-1-1) .......................................... 1 1 0 0—2

First period: 1, M, Paulazzo 3 (Louis, Morris), 10:13.

Second period: 2, M, Czarnik 10 (Doherty), 9:11. 3, UNO, Montpetit 8 (Ortega, Guentzel), 9:53.

Third period: 4, UNO, Ortega 5 (Megna, Montpetit), 7:02 (pp).

Shots on goal:

UNO .......................................... 3 12 10 2—27

Miami .......................................... 3    6    4 0—13

Power plays: UNO 1-4, M 0-6

Penalties-minutes: UNO 6-12, M 4-8.

Goalies: UNO, Massa 5-5-1 (13 shots-11 saves), 64:45. M, M McKay 6-6-3 (27-25), 65:00.

Att.: 2,076.

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