Broncos Get Break

The Western Michigan University hockey team (13-12-1 overall, 11-7-0 CCHA, 4th), in the midst of a season-best five-game winning streak, has the week off from competitive action. WMU returns to the ice next week (Feb. 7-8), traveling to Columbus, Ohio to meet the second place Ohio State Buckeyes in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play.

Western Michigan is coming off a weekend sweep at Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 24-25), which saw the Broncos move into sole possession of fourth place in the CCHA standings. Jim Culhane's club rallied from a 4-1 deficit to claim the series opener, 6-4, then received scoring from six players in a 6-2 triumph the following night.

The sweep was WMU's fourth of the season against a CCHA opponent (also Bowling Green, Lake Superior State, Miami) and marked the first sweep by either side in the series' 10-year history.

"I'm really proud of the way our guys played this weekend. We started a little slow on Friday, but regrouped and really stuck together as a team," said WMU head coach Jim Culhane. "There aren't too many teams that go into Fairbanks and sweep."

NOTES: WMU's top line of LW Jeremy Cheyne, C Vince Bellissimo and RW Dana Lattery continues to click. The line generated six goals and six assists for 12 points at UAF. Bellissimo has been on a tear in January, producing eight goals and 13 points in seven games, taking over the team's scoring lead (14-10-24) in the process. Cheyne earned Bronco Player of the Week honors after recording two goals and four assists in Fairbanks … freshman G Scott Foster stopped 50 of 52 shots (.962%) in five periods of action to earn two wins over the weekend … the Brown & Gold have out-scored opponents, 23-12, and killed 26-of-28 short-handed situations (92.8%) over the last five games ... prior to the UAF series, WMU owned a 1-8-1 record on the road, with its lone win occurring in the season opener (Oct. 11) at BGSU.

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