Broncos Come From Behind to Win

Friday night the Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team returned to Lawson Arena in a key CCHA match-up against the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. The Broncos dominated the play from about halfway through the first period throughout the entire game but still had to come from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2.

The 2,943 fans in attendance was quieted early in the third period as Jason Grinevitch backhanded a pass from Ryan Lang through goaltender Scott Fosters' five-hole just 56 seconds into the period. However, the students came out in force as they have waited since December 6 to cheer on the home team and they quickly put the goal out of their mind and began to cheer louder. They were rewarded for their efforts 1:33 later when Jeremy Cheyne deflected a pass from Paul Szczechura to get the Broncos on the board and pull them to within 1 goal at 2-1.

As the game went on it seemed as if the Broncos had ran into another brick wall in net with Keith Bartusch stopping everything he saw. Last week against Lake Superior State the Broncos peppered the Lakers goaltender Matt Violin with 73 shots in the weekend series. They managed to only come away with one point by skating to a 3-3 tie in the first game before falling to the Lakers 2-1 in the second game.

With 9:14 left in the contest rookie defenseman freshman Ryan Mahrle evened the score when his blue-line shot found the back of the net. The Broncos took the lead 11 seconds later when Pat Dwyer put the eventual game winning goal in the upper corner of the net on a shot from the left boards.

The Nanooks who were out-shot 40-28 in the contest started the scoring at 16:48 of the second period on a cross crease pass from Jordan Hendry to Nathan Formataro. Formataro just put his stick on the ice and redirected the puck into the net past Foster.

Dwyer gave the Broncos an insurance marker when he slammed home a shot from the blue line into the empty net with 34 seconds left in the game for his second goal of the game. Dwyer's goal ensured that the Nanooks would see their first loss of the season when leading after two periods.

The Broncos (10-9-3; 6-6-2 CCHA) and Nanooks (9-10-0, 8-7-0 CCHA) finish the weekend and season series tonight when they faceoff at 7:05pm.

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