Team Effort in Win over UNO

Friday evening in front of a crowd of 2,819 the Broncos scored two goals, including the eventual game winner by Lucas Drake, in just over a three minute time span. From then on it became a team effort which included the Broncos penalty killers killing of four penalties including a 5-on-3 in a game that saw the Broncos beat a young University of Nebraska-Omaha 5-1.

Goaltender Mike Mantua stopped all but one shot, a back hander by Mike Gabinet, in the second period, a period in which he faced 20 shots off of Mavericks' sticks. "He gave us a chance to win it," said Broncos head coach Jim Culhane. Drake added, "Our penalty kill has been here for two or three years now, it's really clicking."

Not only did Mantua stop a total of 30 shots in the contest but Bronco defenders also accounted for 13 blocked shots. After the game Coach Culhane said, "Look around the locker room, everybody contributed."

Everybody did contribute whether it was on the penalty kill, "I think our penalty killers really set the tone," Culhane said. Also on the power play the Broncos were able to generate enough pressure that Drake's goal came just six seconds after the Mavericks' Mike Lefley finished serving two minutes in the penalty box for obstruction tripping. Drake was able to put the puck in the net from in front of Mavericks goaltender Chris Holt.

Pat Dwyer got the Broncos on the board at the 7:56 mark of the first period when the puck deflected off of a Mavericks stick on a pass intended for Drake. Drake added two assists on the evening to give him three points on the evening which is a personal career best.

Vince Bellissimo registered his first goal of the season when he put the puck in the net from in between the circles on a delayed penalty call in the second period. Team captain Dana Lattery added two insurance goals in the third period, his first two goals of the season.

Despite out shooting the Broncos 31-28 and surviving six Bronco power plays the Mavericks were just unable to get the puck behind Mantua. The Mavericks (0-3-0, 0-1-0 CCHA) and the Broncos (2-1-0, 2-1-0 CCHA) will be back in action on Saturday with a 7:05 faceoff at Lawson Arena. The Mavericks will try to halt an 11 game winless streak dating back to last season.

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