Bronco hockey traveled to Ferris State to take on the in-state foe Bulldogs Saturday in what ended in a late surge of goals to secure the 4-3 victory for WMU. Western Michigan now improves to 2-0 on the season and has swept the Bulldogs in the season series.
WMU got off to a slow start offensively and trailed the Bulldogs 2-1 entering the final period of play. About halfway through the third period, Ethen Frank got the Bronco offense going as he tied it up 2-2 for his third goal of the year.
Ferris State answered the Broncos with a goal that would earn the lead back, 3-2, at 12:18. Bronco goalie Brandon Bussi made a save, but the puck found the back of his net off of a rebound.
The Broncos would again tie up the contest as Cole Gallant would score at the 16:40 mark. Gallant was able to split two Ferris State defenders and get it past Bulldog goalie Logan Stein’s glove. With 1:16 remaining in regulation, Jason Polin would put the Broncos on top 4-3 to net his first goal of the year and secure a victory for his team.
Bussi went on to make 20 saves on the night while picking up his second win.
The Broncos outshot the Bulldogs 26-23 on the night but struggled on special teams, going 0-for-5 on power play attempts.
After scoring only one goal through two periods, the WMU offense scored three goals to propel itself to victory.
“We started to really out-work guys and create loose pucks in the second,” said head coach Pat Ferschweiler. “They really turned the tide with their work ethic and I think that continued in the third with our goals.”
So far through the first two games of the season, the Broncos have scored eight goals for an average of four goals a game. This Bronco offense is very versatile with production coming from every line so far.
“I think we’re deep, we have three plus lines that can create offense,” said Ferschweiler. “The (Luke) Grainger line did a lot of good things in the offensive zone, if we can have that, then we’re a very deep team.”
The Broncos will have the upcoming weekend off before a home-and-home series with the Michigan Wolverines Oct. 22-23. WMU will travel to Ann Arbor for the first game and will host the Wolverines in the second game.