Broncos Win in Overtime

In a rare Tuesday night hockey game the Western Michigan University Broncos defeated the Falcons of Bowling Green State University 4-3 in overtime. With the win the Broncos moved from last in the CCHA to 8th in the standings.

In a game that started out slowly for the Broncos, with the help of three 2nd period goals, referee Matt Shegos and the 1,925 fans in attendance it finished with a bang. Early on in the first period the Broncos peppered the Falcons goaltender Jordan Sigalet with several shots but were not able to put the puck in the net. After the Falcons withstood the early Broncos attack Alex Rogosheske put the puck in between Broncos goaltender Scott Foster's pads for the games first goal.

Despite all the clutching, grabbing and holding that the Falcons seemingly got away with from start to finish, the Broncos received only one power play opportunity compared to the Falcons getting five opportunities. The difference was the Broncos took advantage of their only opportunity with the man advantage and Bowling Green went 0-5 on the power play. With Don Morrison in the box for interference Pat Dwyer was able to put the puck past Sigalet for the Broncos first goal.

With Shegos officiating he let a lot of obstruction calls go for both teams however when a Broncos was taken down in front of Falcons goalie Sigalet, with the play going the other way, no call was made which sent the boos flying through the student section. However, the boos were small compared to those that came after Shegos waived off two apparent goals by the Broncos, one late in the third period and another early on in the overtime period.

With 21 seconds left in the game Lucas Drake redirected a pass by Dwyer that got past Sigalet to put an end to the game and start the on ice celebration as his teammates rushed over to him along the boards engulfing him in a sea of black. While the team was celebrating the victory some students chose to throw things on ice in disgust from cups filled with soda to watches.

The game was the Broncos CCHA home game in over a month and they extended their unbeaten streak over Bowling Green to 6-0-2. The Broncos are 13-4-1 against the Falcons over the last six seasons. The Broncos (6-7-2, 3-5-1 CCHA) are in action again this weekend when they host Colgate at Lawson Ice Arena. Faceoff for both games is scheduled for 7:35pm.

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