The Broncos controlled the action right from the start. Florida Panthers draft pick, and freshman, Vince Bellissimo (#26) scored the Broncos first goal in the game and finished with a hat trick and one assist. Bellissimo's hat trick included a short-handed goal in the third period. Dana Lattery (#16), team captain, added two goals and three assists on the night. The offensive dominance is also apparent on the shot totals with a WMU edge of 37-9.
In goal the Broncos saw action from Scott Foster (#31) and Mike Mantua (#1). Foster started the game in net and tallied five saves in a period and a half of action. Foster received the win for his efforts. Midway through the second Mike Mantua entered the game to the cheers of the crowd and made four stops. Mantua looked right at home in net with aggressive zone clears, and solid leadership on the defensive end of the ice. Foster, although solid in the shutout, was ineffective at clearing the puck and looked nervous his entire night.
In the game the Broncos best defense was their offense. The puck was in the offensive zone for most of the night giving the Waterloo Warriors little chance to make any opportunities happen. When the Warriors did get the puck in the Bronco zone they were met with aggressive back checking, and outstanding puck control.
It was readily apparent that the Broncos have a solid freshmen class with both Bellissimo and Yantzi seeing solid ice time. The lose of Bishai to graduation last year brought the need to replace his offensive output, and the freshmen in this game took the reigns to put the puck in the net five times. The Broncos also went three for three on the power play and included a goal from freshman Brent Walton (#23).
The Broncos next action is on Friday October 11 at Bowling Green with a 7:05pm game time. That game will be followed up the next night by a home contest against the same Bowling Green Falcons at Lawson Ice Arena. Game time for the Saturday contest has been moved to 8:05pm to help accommodate the Homecoming football game earlier that day at 3:30pm verses Central Florida. Tickets are available for the home game at the WMU ticket office, at www.wmubroncos.com, and at 1-888-4-WMU-TIX.
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