7:35pm Goggin Ice Arena
Miami 4, Alabama-Huntsville 2
My first hockey game of the season… a good one to start off with! When you’re playing a team from Alabama, you expect to easily win. No offense to Alabama, but it’s Alabama… and hockey. And ice is not a big part of many southerners’ heritage. However, the game was a close one. Miami controlled the ice for the better part of the first period, and put the first goal on the board. Alabama-Huntsville responded minutes later — and then scored again only a couple minutes after that.
The teams traded penalties but, while the ‘Hawks prevented the Chargers from scoring further goals and running away with the game, they also failed to answer AH’s second goal. The second period ended with the score still at 2-1 and things looking sluggish.
With under five minutes left in the third period, the puck started finding the back of the Visitors’ net. Miami scored their second goal to tie the game. Seemingly before Alabama-Huntsville knew what hit them, the next face-off led to another Miami goal, putting the hawks in the lead with precious few minutes remaining. Adding insult to injury, the Redhawks scored their fourth goal with under a minute left in the game, after AH removed their goalie for additional offense.