The Western Michigan University Hockey team came back from a 2-1 deficit at the beginning of the third period to defeat the St. Lawrence Saints by a score of 3-2 Saturday night.
The win comes on the heels of an overtime loss to the same team the night before, bringing the Broncos record to 1-1.
Four of the five goals in the game were scored on the power play, two by each team.
“This year special teams have been huge so far, the refs have been really cracking down on little stuff,” said junior defenseman Danny Dekeyser.
WMU opened up the first period against St. Lawrence with a power play goal at 2:41, marking the first in the career of freshman forward Nolan LaPorte. Luke Witkowski and Will Kessel had assists on the goal. The first period ended 1-0 in favor of WMU.
St. Lawrence tied the game with an early second period power play goal by Kyle Flanagan, assisted by Justin Baker and George Hughes. The Saints got another power play with a little over three minutes left in the second period and capitalized again with a goal by Chris Martin, assisted by Baker and Flanagan. The period ended with WMU trailing 1-2.
At 9:13 in the third period Dekeyser got a rebound off the St. Lawrence goalie and put it in the back of the net to tie the score 2-2. The goal marked the first even-strength goal of the game. The broncos untied the game with just under 5:30 to go when Garrett Haar scored what would end up being the game-winning goal.
“Going into the third, we’re not a team that really worries, but we knew what we had to do,” said Haar. “After last night obviously we were disappointed, but I thought we came back tonight and played really hard in the first and third periods.”
The Broncos will host Canisius this Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. Puck drop for both games is 7p.m.