Broncos Drop a Heart Breaker

The first period of Saturday night's hockey game seemed like a complete reversal of the night before. In Friday's game the Big Red held a 3-0 lead and out shot the Broncos 11-3. In Saturday's hockey game the Broncos out shot the Big Red 10-3 and held a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room for the first intermission.

The Broncos first goal came at the 4:49 mark. With the Big Red on the power play due to a Dana Lattery high sticking penalty Brent Walton stole the puck at center ice and broke in on a two-on-on rush. Walton ripped a slap shot putting the puck behind Cornell goalie David LeNeveu. Walton's shorthanded goal was unassisted, it was his third shorthanded tally of the season and it gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead.

The Broncos second goal of the game came when Paul Davies stole the puck from the Big Red inside their blue line and launched a wrist shot from the left side of the left of the faceoff circle. Davies' unassisted goal came at the 15:20 mark and gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead.

Both teams came out in the second intermission and played a physical period of hockey. The Broncos were out shot by an 11-4 margin and Ryan Vesce's goal from in front of the Broncos crease at the 1:49 mark was overshadowed by the 7 penalties handed out by Referee Steve Piotrowski. The Broncos started the period on Stephen Baby's carry over penalty for high sticking at the 19:25 mark of the 1st period. 6 of the 7 penalties called were for hitting after the whistle. At 6:59 the Big Red's Matt Moulson and the Broncos' Brian Pasko were sent to the box for hitting after the whistle. At the 14:06 mark Shane Palahicky and Daniel Pegoraro for Cornell and Vince Bellissimo and Andy Townsend for the Broncos were sent off for hitting after the whistle. The Broncos got their second power play of the night when Matt McRae was called for interference at the 16:50 mark.

In the third period, both teams picked up where they left off in the second period. Cornell's Greg Hornby and the Broncos Trevor Cook were escorted to the penalty box for hitting after the whistle at 2:52. Hornby and Lattery were guilty of the same in fraction just a little over two minutes later at 5:05. Lattery took the final penalty of the game a questionable high sticking call at 7:35.

The Big Red ended up tying up the game at the 12:11 mark when they pressured the Broncos in the Broncos zone. Ben Wallace took the puck from Palahicky and launched a wrister that went between Mantua's pads. The goal tied the game up at 2-2. The goal ended up sending the game into overtime. In the third period Cornell out shot the Broncos 6-2. For the game both teams were penalized 7 times and both were 0-2 on the power play.

In the overtime, both teams started flying up and down the ice, but it was a soft shot from inside the right face of circle by Ryan Vesce that beat Mantua through his five-hole to give the Big Red a 3-2 victory. The win gave the Big Red the series sweep and extended their winning streak over the Broncos to seven. Cornell leads the all-time series 7-0-0. Cornell now owns a 10-1-0 while the Broncos slipped to 7-9-1.

The Broncos next game is December 20th against Colorado College at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tickets cost anywhere from $10 - $15 and can be purchased by calling the Colorado Neighborhood Box Office at (719) 576-2626.

The Broncos have the week off and will participate in informal skates during exam week before getting back to full team practices on December 16th.

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