In order for an underdog to upset the national No. 1, it needs to receive spectacular goaltending, timely goals and lots of puck luck.
Canisius had the goaltending part covered for most of Friday night's game but that was it, as the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks slowly pulled away from an upset-minded Golden Griffins crew, 4-0, before 2,775 in Steve Cady Arena.
Canisius (2-8-2) is 0-4 all-time against national No. 1s, losing the previous three by margins of six goals. The Griffs lost to New Hampshire, 8-2, in HSBC Arena on Oct. 24, 2003, the last time they faced the top team in the nation.
"We did a lot of things well," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "We showed that we are a quality team. The margin for error against the No. 1 team in the country is small."
Miami's senior captain, Ryan Jones, scored twice in a span of 2:51 during the latter half of the middle period, while Tommy Wingels and Brian Kaufman scored in the third for the RedHawks.
Miami limited Canisius to just two shots in the third period while firing 16 of their own at sophomore goalie Andrew Loewen, who finished with 29 saves.
Loewen has made 90 saves in two career starts against Miami.
Charlie Effinger finished with 15 saves for Miami (12-1). The same two teams meet here tonight at 7:05.
Canisius' upset dream died because it failed to stay out of the box, especially in the second period when it spent half the period killing off penalties. Miami broke the scoreless tie on its third power play of the period when Jones, a fourth-round pick of the Minnesota Wild, tipped in a point shot from Alec Martinez at 11:09. Jones scored minutes later on a breakaway.