Broncos Pluck the Irish

Friday night in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 4,326 the Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team had the luck of the Irish on their side. The Broncos came away with an important two points in the CCHA playoff-positioning race as they beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-2 at Lawson Arena.

Notre Dame was able to get on the board at the 10:41 mark of the 1st period when Rob Globke put his own rebound into the goal while the Irish was cycling the puck in the Bronco zone. Globke's goal was his sixth career goal against the Broncos. Globke's goal also stood as the only goal scored in the first period.

The Irish went into the locker room also with an advantage in shots on goal (11-6). Both teams had one penalty in the first period and failed to convert on their power play chance.

The Broncos came out in the second period and played their best period of hockey all season. They scored their first goal early at 2:26 of the period when Vince Bellissimo fed Ben Gagnon in the slot. Gagnon scored his third goal against Notre Dame this season. Just over 11 minutes later Trevor Cook found on open hole inside the far post as he shot from along the goal line. Cook has now scored in two straight games.

The Broncos out shot the Irish 14-3 in the second period and held a 3-0 advantage in power plays but failed to convert their chances.

Both teams played a tight third period as the play was up and down the ice for much of the entire period. The Irish however managed to tie the game up at 5:11 when Yan Stastny put his own rebound in between Scott Foster's pads from in between the faceoff circles. The Broncos answered 3:10 later when Jeremy Cheyne tapped in a rebound off a Dana Lattery shot. The Broncos had another chance to put the game a little more out of reach except Irish goalie Morgan Cey was able to stop Vince Bellissimo's penalty shot at 14:06. Jeff Campbell but in the insurance marker and final goal of the game at 19:28 when he put the puck in the empty net.

In the third period Notre Dame out shot the Broncos 12-10 and had one penalty. The Broncos played a penalty free period. For the game the Broncos out shot the Irish 30-26. The Broncos (15-16-2, 13-11-1 CCHA) travel to South Bend Saturday to take on the Irish (13-14-6, 11-11-3 CCHA) in the season series finale. Game time is set for 7:05pm.

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