Broncos Shutout at Yost Arena

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Jan. 24) - Western Michigan fell behind early and never recovered in suffering a 7-0 loss to fourth-ranked Michigan before a sellout crowd of 6,812 at Yost Ice Arena. The loss was WMU's 13th straight at Yost dating to the 1996-97 season. UM swept the weekend series.

The Wolverines struck three times in the opening period, as freshman forward T.J. Hensick put on a highlight show. Hensick started the scoring with a nice pass across the slot to an open Brandon Kaleniecki, who one-timed a shot inside the post. After fellow frosh Mike Brown scored on a turnover, Hensick displayed nifty stick work in stuffing a shot past Foster.

Any hopes for a WMU comeback were dashed in the second period. Increasing its shot advantage to 24-9, Michigan put three more goals on the board, the backbreaker a short-handed tally by Brown at the 11:25 mark. Kaleniecki later added his second goal of the night as did Hensick. Milan Gajic finished with four assists.

In goal, Al Montoya made 30 saves in recording his fourth shutout of the season, and the seventh of his career. He was named Perani Cup No. 2 Star of the Game.

Coach Jim Culhane pulled Foster for the first time this season after the second period. In his place, sophomore Eric Marvin made just his second-ever appearance and turned away 10 shots. WMU finished the third period with a 21-11 edge in shots.

"Obviously we're very disappointed with the outcome of tonight's game. You have to give credit to Michigan, they game out and played well tonight. We just have to find a way to regroup and get ready next week for Ferris State," said Culhane.

Western Michigan resumes CCHA action next weekend (Jan. 30-31), facing Ferris State in a home-and-home series starting Friday in Big Rapids.

NOTES: The loss was WMU's largest of the season ... the Broncos have been outscored, 17-3, in their last two games at Yost.

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