Broncos Stampede the Wildcats

MARQUETTE, Mich. (Feb. 7) - Western Michigan kept its home playoff ice hopes alive with a 6-2 victory over Northern Michigan in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association contest held at the Berry Events Center. The victory was WMU's first at NMU since March, 2001 and just the second in 13 meetings (2-10-1) over a seven-year period.

The Broncos scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Jeff Campbell started the rally with a short-handed goal at the 10:01 mark of the second period. Pat Dwyer answered six minutes later on a feed from Lucas Drake in the corner. Brent Walton then snuck a backhander past G Craig Kowalski just 1:48 into the third.

WMU added two more goals in the third. Bellissimo blew the game open with his 11th marker of the season at 13:01. Campbell then added his second tally 46 seconds later off a faceoff.

For the second straight night, WMU held a distinct advantage in shots, 47-26. The Broncos finished with a 79-44 edge in producing a split in the weekend series.

"I was really pleased with our effort tonight," said coach Jim Culhane. "We came out and applied a lot of pressure offensively. This was a key win for us on the road against a good team and will be a confidence builder for us."

Western Michigan takes a week off from competition before hosting Ohio State (Feb. 20-21) in Lawson Arena.

NOTES: WMU won its first regular season game in Marquette dating to Jan. 14, 1984 ... WMU recorded its second-most shots (47) of the season ... the Broncos matched their season win total (15) of a season ago ... Campbell moved into a share of 24th place with Steve Smith (1974-78) on WMU's all-time scoring list with his 141st point ... D Matt Ponto registered a pair of assists ... Kowalski was lifted in favor of Tuomas Tarkki in the third.

GOAL DESCRIPTIONS:
1st, 7:34, WMU ? Ponto's shot from the blue line goes wide, Cheyne jumps on the rebound and buries a shot into an upper corner of the net.
1st, 18:57, NMU (PP) ? Tarkir beats Foster on a low shot from the blue line through traffic in front of the net.

2nd, 6;09, NMU ? On a delayed penalty, Lehtinen sholves a shot as he is falling to the ice under the body of Foster.
2nd, 10:01, WMU (SH) ? Campbell breaks in on Kowalski, cuts across the crease drawing him out, then scores high.
2nd, 16:57, WMU ? Drake takes a turnover in the Wildcat zone and feeds P. Dwyer in front of the net.

3rd, 1:48, WMU ? Walton scoops a backhander under Kowalski.
3rd, 13:01, WMU ? Bellissimo stuffs a shot under the pads of Kowalski in a goal-mouth scramble.
3rd, 13:47, WMU ? Campbell scores off the faceoff on a wrister.

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