Broncos Outgunned at Yost Arena

On Friday night, the Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team went across I-94 to take on CCHA rival and the #10 ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines wasted no time getting on the board and jumping out to a huge 7-0 lead.

Just 52 seconds into the game Jed Ortmeyer scored the first of his four goals and 28 seconds later David Moss gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. The early lead put the crowd of 6,917 into a wild frenzy of which they were loud and vocal all game long. Coach Jim Culhane called a timeout at after Moss' goal.

Ortmeyer scored his second just under three minutes later. Throughout much of the first period the Wolverines controlled the play in the Broncos end. The Broncos managed just 5 shots on goal in the first period. Michigan however got 18 shots on net.

After Ortmeyer's second goal Brandon Kaleniecki scored just 2:21 later. Brandon Rogers picked up the assist. Coach Culhane pulled starter Mike Mantua following Kaleniecki's goal. Nick Martens scored Michigan 5th goal 5:54 seconds later and the Wolverines 6th goal came 4:06 seconds later on a shot from the slot by Milan Gajic. The goals by Kaleniecki, Martens and Gajic all came on the power play.

Ortmeyer finished out the scoring in the first period with his third goal of the game, giving him the hat trick with 1:21 left in the period.

In the first period Michigan out shot the Broncos 18-5 and was 3-3 on the power play compared to the Broncos 0-0.

In the second period the Broncos came out and got a quick lift by Jeff Campbell. Just 1:58 seconds into the period; Campbell received a great pass and put the puck into the net from in front of the net. Campbell then closed the gap to 7-2 at the 7:02 mark by scoring from the slot. However, Ortmeyer wasn't done and answered Campbell's 2nd goal with his own fourth goal of the game 7:01 later.

Michigan again had the advantage in shots on goal (10-7) but the Broncos had a 2-1 edge in power plays. However, neither team was able to score on the power play.

In the third period, Dave Cousineau took a slap shot off a faceoff just 29 seconds in that made the score 8-3. Cousineau's goal would be the last Bronco goal of the night. For the Wolverines, Andrew Ebbett and Eric Nystrom scored in the final period. The Wolverines handed the Broncos their 12th straight loss at Yost Arena and their worst loss since a 12-5 loss to North Dakota on January 2, 1998.

The Broncos (8-12-1, 6-7-0 CCHA) travel back to Kalamazoo to regroup and will faceoff against the Wolverines (15-5-1, 9-3-1) at 7:05 in a sold out Lawson Arena. Tomorrow night's game is the third game of a Broncos triple-header as a part of blackout Saturday. Fans are asked to wear black clothing.

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