Miami, Fla – The University of Miami mens hockey team took to the ice Friday night to take on Embry-Riddle and wasted no time in taking the lead 13 seconds into the game with a goal by Jake Shuman. Just 15 seconds later Eli Davis would tally again for the Hurricanes as they began the 2012-2013 campaign looking much like the team that dominated competition last season. By the end of the first period Miami would head to the locker room up 8-0, but they wouldn’t let up there.
Embry-Riddle came into the second period playing better defensively, holding Miami without a goal until the 9:15 mark of the second period when Casey Epstein would put the puck past a stuggling Embry-Riddle goaltender. From there Miami would once again pour on the offense registering a total of 12 goals in the first two periods and lead 12-1 going into the third period.
Not even two minutes into the third period Brandon Seagriff would score, giving him a hat trick on the night; he would eventually finish with four goals and an assist. A scary moment occurred at 9:20 of the period when Scotty Johnson sent Mark Newpower into the boards when he would lay until trainers got him off the ice, he would eventually skate on his own to the bench with the crowd and both teams cheering for him being ok. The referees signaled for a penalty instantly and play was dead, Johnson received a game misconduct and a five minute major for boarding.
The Hurricane bench began to dispute the call, stating that the recipient of the hit had initiated contact, which in turn would cancel the penalty. The referees stuck with their original call and Miami would now be down five minutes on the penalty kill. By the time the final buzzer sounded you could tell by Embry-Riddle’s play that they were frustrated, due to the higher number of big hits they were attempting. They were also visually vocal from their bench yelling to one another on the ice.
Miami will take on Embry-Riddle again Saturday, September 29th at the Kendall Ice Arena, warm ups start at 8:30PM with the game beginning at 9:00PM, admission is free. Feel free to follow the University of Miami hockey team on Twitter for the newest updates on the team, along with information on future practices and games.