CHICAGO, Ill.-– Western Michigan University’s hockey team fell to No. 8 Miami of Ohio 4-3 in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday night.
The game was delayed over an hour due to poor ice conditions because of an unusually warm February day in Chicago. Even with the extra time, the Broncos were still not ready to play by game time.
Miami came out and took it to the Broncos from the drop of the puck. Alex Wideman scored Miami’s first goal at the 13:28 mark in the first period and they took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Miami added three goals in the second period, including two in the last 3 minutes, to make it 4-0 and put the Broncos in too deep of hole to get out of. Miami outshot WMU 41-28 and went 2-6 on the power play.
The Broncos didn’t go out without a valiant comeback effort in the third period.
Coach Andy Murray decided to pull Lukas Hafner and inserted Frank Slubowski to start the third and his 15 saves allowed the Broncos to have any chance of getting back in the game.
Josh Pitt and Adam Muir scored back to back goals within 37 seconds to make it 4-2 at the 8:39 mark. Sheldon Dries added a third goal for the Broncos with 45 seconds remaining but the Broncos ran out of time and fell by a final of 4-3.
The Broncos schedule only gets tougher with their next series next weekend on the road at No. 4 NebraskaOmaha. Their next home series will be the following weekend against No. 2 North Dakota.