Broncos Win Penalty Filled Exhibition

On Saturday Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team defeated the University of Western Ontario Mustangs 6-2, in front of 1,950 fans at Lawson Arena. The stat of the night however was the amount of penalties handed out during the game.

Paul Davies got the scoring going on the power play when he put the puck in the net at the 3:09 mark of the first period to give the Broncos a 1-0. However, the Mustangs were able to answer with two consecutive goals by Mike Rice. Rice's first goal came at the 11:20 mark with Ryan Hare being credited with the assist. Rice's second goal came at the 13:19 mark of the first period while the Mustangs were on the power play.

After Rice's second goal it was all Broncos in terms of goals and the penalty minutes continued to climb. In the second period Davies put in two more power play goals to give him the hat trick and Vince Bellissimo added a goal of his own. All three of the Broncos goals came on the power play. Bellissimo's goal came at the 12:59 mark of the period and sandwiched in between Davies goals which were scored at the 11:32 and 16:29 marks.

Brent Walton and Jason Moul added third period power play goals at 12:48 and 13:17 respectively. The Broncos killed of a late two man advantage following some pushing and shoving in which a few punches were thrown. In that little scrum 8 of the 10 skaters were escorted of the ice with 10 minute misconducts. The Broncos however were hit with 2 extra penalties to give the Mustangs a two man advantage. When the game finally ended a total of 192 penalty minutes were handed out. The Mustangs were sent to the penalty box 35 times for 118 minutes giving the Broncos 13 power plays. All six of the Broncos goals came on the power play. The Broncos served 21 penalties in seventy four minutes while allowing only on goal to be scored by Western Ontario in five tries while on the power play.

The Broncos were able to out shoot the Mustangs 48-18. The Broncos open of their season and conference action of Friday when they host Ferris State at Lawson Arena; game time is set for 7:35.

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