Foster Stops the Bleeding

Mired in a 3-game losing streak the Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team called on the services of goaltender Scott Foster. In his last game Foster let in 6 six goals against the University of Michigan in 2 periods of play. On Saturday night against conference rival Ferris State Foster was good enough to help the Broncos earn the 3-2 victory in front of 4,195 fans.

With his 25 save in 27 shots Foster earned the Perani Cup 1st Star of the game. Foster came up big on several chances including a couple of breakaways including one where Mike Finnie split the defense at the Broncos blue line and came in all alone on Foster at the 6:30 mark of the second period.

Lucas Drake opened up the scoring in the second period when he put the puck in the net off of a rebound of a Pat Dwyer shot. Drake ended up following the puck into the net knocking the net off it's moorings but referee Steve Piotrowski was right there to make the call.

Dwyer gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead early in the third period when he let a shot go from the right circle that found it's way through Ferris State's goalie Mike Brown's five-hole for a power play goal. Vince Bellissimo earned his 2nd point of the night by assisting on Dwyer's goal. He also was given the second assist on Drake's goal in the second period.

Just under 12 minutes later the Bulldogs were able to get on the board when Derek Nesbitt went top shelf from the right circle with a wrist shot. Nesbitt earned his 96th career point later on when he sent a pass to Jeff Leque who one-timed past Foster for a shorthanded goal with 51 seconds left in the game.

Brent Walton scored the game winning goal for the Broncos at the 15:57 mark of the 3rd period. With his angle shrinking as he was skating towards the goal line on the left side Walton waited for Brown to go down until he finally tucked a wrist shot top shelf.

The Broncos (13-12-3, 8-11-1 CCHA) return to action this weekend when they face Northern Michigan at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Michigan. Face-off is scheduled for 7:35 pm for both contests.

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