Irish Swept by Broncos

Saturday night the Broncos hockey team continued where they left off on Friday night and in front of 3,214 fans came from behind twice to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-4. The victory raised the Broncos record in games on a Saturday to 2-6-1.

With goaltender Scott Foster still suffering from the bout with the flu that he had on Friday, the Broncos defense with stood several Irish attacks and eventually led to an aggressive offensive attack late in the first period and through the second period. Jeff Campbell once again led the Broncos attack by tying up the game both times that the Irish jump out in front. Campbell scored his first goal 32 seconds after ND opened the scoring. Campbell poked in a rebound out in front of Notre Dame goaltender David Brown.

Later in the first period it took just under a minute for Jeff Campbell to answer another Irish goal. This time he wristed a shot after his backhander was saved. On his wrist shot he placed the puck in the upper right hand corner of the net.

In the second period the Broncos got two quick goals early on from Paul Szczechura and Jeremy Cheyne. Szczechura scored his goal on a one timer and Cheyne scored on a backhander when he jumped on the puck as it was lying in front of the crease.

Dana Lattery raised his goal scoring steak to seven games when he scored the eventual game winner at the 11:44 mark of the second period when he backhanded a wrap around in the near post. The Broncos added a Brent Walton empty net goal with 9 seconds remaining in the game. Walton and Lattery ended up with 3 points a piece; both scored a goal and added two assists.

The Broncos improved their overall record over the Irish to 31-20-4. The Irish headed into the weekend ranked 14th in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. In the five season Head Coach Jim Culhane has been behind the Broncos bench his teams have defeated 19 ranked opponents.

The Broncos (9-8-2, 5-5-1) next game is December 17 when they start the beginning of 3 exhibition games in Ontario. The Broncos face the Brock Badgers on the 17th, Western Ontario on the 18th in a rematch of a game earlier in the season which the Broncos won 6-2 at Lawson and finish up the month of December in Kitchener/Waterloo on the 18th against Wilfrid Laurier. The Broncos won't return to play at Lawson Arena until January 9 and 10, 2004 when they host the University of Alaska Fairbanks in CCHA conference play.

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