Broncos Fall to Lakers

In what turned out to be a fast paced up and down contest the WMU hockey team fell 7-4 to the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Lawson crowd of 2,414 was stunned by the extremely effective Laker power play that netted 4 of their 7 goals.

A terrific second period that included 3 power play goals for Mercyhurst was the difference in the game tonight. A 2-1 first period lead for the Broncos disappeared quickly as Erik Johnson was able to score just 9 seconds into the second frame. The Lakers took the lead for good just over a minute and a half later as Scott Reynolds scored on the man advantage.

The Lakers' eventually turned in 5 goals in the second period and never looked back. With a solid 6-4 lead an insurance marker by Jim Gehring late in the third sealed the Broncos' fate.

The brightest spot for Jim Culhane's club was the play of sophomore forward Brent Walton who scored twice in the game. The first goal coming just 5 minutes into the game, and also in the final Bronco goal at the 15:52 mark of the second period. Also scoring for the Broncos were Dana Lattery at 19:53 of the first on a power play and Jeff Campbell's fifth of the season at 4:26 of the second period.

Goaltending was an issue for the Broncos as starter Mike Mantua let in 4 goals on 12 shots in just 23:28 of playing time. Following the Lakers' fourth goal of the evening by Adam Tackaberry, Mantua was pulled in favor of Scott Foster. Foster would end the night giving up 3 goals on 12 shots in the remaining 36:32 of the game.

The game was a physical contest that saw the Broncos' Brian Pasko sent off at one time for a 10-minute roughing call, and the Lakers' Tackaberry was given a game-misconduct for a crosscheck.

The Broncos had 41 shots on goal, which Laker goalie Andy Franck turned 37 of away.

The next action for the Broncos is a rare Tuesday night game on November 25 against Bowling Green. Face off at Lawson Ice Arena is at 7:35pm. Meanwhile Mercyhurst will continue their 11-game road swing at Cornell next Saturday night.

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