Broncos Tie Maine 4-4

The Western Michigan University hockey team earned its first tie of the season, splitting 4-4 with No. 9/10 Maine.

The Broncos opened the scoring at 2:53 of the first period on the power play. Paul Davies finished off a beautiful feed from Brent Walton from right out front to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.

After going 1-16 on the power play the previous three games, WMU scored on its first shot of its first man advantage of the game. Maine responded with a power play goal of their own less than three minutes later. Colin Sheilds parked himself out front and roofed it off the feed from Martin Kariya.

The Black Bears then took the lead late in the first. Playing 4 on 4, Francis Nault shot from the right point through a screen and by goaltender Scott Foster. Prior to that, Foster stopped Martin Kariya on a shorthanded breakaway to keep the score tied at one.

Western Michigan had a golden opportunity to tied the game in the second period. The Broncos had 1:44 of a two-man advantage at the 8:10 mark. WMU got off four shots in that time, but Black Bear goaltender Frank Doyle made several great saves.

Late in the second, Dana Lattery scored a power play goal to tied the game at two. Fighting off a defender, Lattery chipped a shot on net from just inside the right face off circle and beat Doyle low to the glove-hand side.

Western Michigan took the lead at the 12:03 mark of the third. Davies put home a rebound between the legs off a Cousineau shot from the point. Maine came back just under three minutes later. Todd Jackson got a break, and patiently beat Foster low to the glove hand side. The Broncos had been carrying the play to that point in the period, as that was the first shot on goal for the Black Bears in the period.

Just over a minute later, Lattery scored his second goal of the night on a perfectly executed breakaway. Lattery finished of the feed from Davies to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead. The Black Bears again came back to tie the score with just over one minute remaining. After pulling Doyle for the extra attacker, and a mad scramble out front, Chris Heinstein put home a lose puck right out front to tie the game.

Davies' two-goal game was the first of his career. WMU outshot the Black Bears in each of the final two periods (12-9, 11-5) after being outsthot in each of the first four.

For the game, the Broncos finished with 31 shots, compared with 32 for the Black Bears. Foster finished the night with 28 saves.

Western Michigan hosts Nebraska-Omaha next weekend (Nov. 1-2).

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