Second period costly as Miami falls to UNO

RedHawks lose Williams, allow 5 in middle stanza

This can’t be how Miami envisioned the start to its four-game road trip.

The RedHawks allowed five straight goals over a 17:13 span of the second period and lost sophomore goalie Jay Williams to an injury in a 6-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha at CenturyLink Center on Friday.

Senior forward Bryon Paulazzo scored his second goal of the season to give Miami the lead with 6:44 remaining in the opening stanza.

But UNO tied it on an unassisted goal by Dominic Zombo 22 seconds into the second frame.

The Mavericks would take the lead less than two minutes later and extend the lead to four, 5-1 by the 18-minute mark of the middle stanza.

Sophomore forwards Sean Kuraly and Kevin Morris answered with goals 19 seconds apart at the end of the frame to cut the lead to two, but Nebraska-Omaha’s Josh Archibald found the net with 8:46 remaining to seal it.

Sophomore forward Riley Barber led the RedHawks with two assists.

Williams left after allowing two goals on eight shots, and he returned to the Miami bench later in the game. Sophomore Ryan McKay relieved him, and he finished 25-for-29.

Austin Ortega led UNO with two goals and an assist, and Brock Montpetit finished with a goal and two helpers for the Mavericks.

Sophomore defenseman Chris Joyaux, who left with a leg injury last Saturday, was back in the lineup, but he finished minus-4 (with all of the goals against coming in the second period).

ANALYSIS: The Mavericks have played better than expected to start this season, but the RedHawks cannot allow six goals – especially five in one period.

Miami should come out ready to dominate the first 10 minutes on Saturday.

The RedHawks had allowed six goals in the second period in their previous 12 games, but they surrendered five on 14 shots in this game.

Can we take any positives from this game?

Kuraly and Morris both broke out of prolonged scoring droughts. That’s all I have.

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