On Saturday, the then No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos split their home series with conference rival North Dakota Fighting Hawks winning the second game 4-2.
This contest started out in a blistering pace with North Dakota playing as the physically dominating team. The Broncos started to tame the Hawks and fight back as both teams traded blows throughout the first period.
On the offensive side, the Hawks were doing an excellent job of keeping the puck in WMU’s zone to create scoring chances early in the period. The Broncos would answer back and start to produce some offense late in the period by getting more shots off, but they weren’t quality shots.
The first period ended with no goals and both teams tied at zero.
The second period was a different story than the first as the Broncos took control early and was keeping the puck in North Dakota’s zone early.
The Broncos finally drew first blood in the second off of a power play goal from freshman Michael Joyaux with an assist from captain Corey Schueneman. This was Joyaux first career goal. WMU would strike again shortly after taking the 1-0 lead with another goal from Michael Joyaux making it 2-0 to end the second period.
The third period saw more offense from the Broncos as they struck first in the third period with a goal from Josh Passolt to extend the Broncos lead 3-0. That would be Passolt’s 16th goal on the season which leads the Broncos.
The Hawks would strike two times in the third to try and make a push as they scored two goals in a quick fashion in the middle of the period to cut their deficit to one.
The Broncos would strike again to make with less than four minutes to play with a goal from Hugh McGing off of an assist from Jade McMullen.
In the final minute, North Dakota would pull their goalie to give an extra man to try and make a comeback but were unsuccessful and the Broncos took the game 4-2. With the win, the Broncos took the season series 3-1.
The Broncos now improve to 17-10-1 overall and 10-7-1 in the NCHC. The Broncos still stand in third place in the conference with 32 points, they are behind Minnesota Duluth (34 points) and St. Cloud St. (44 points).
The No. 8 Broncos will head back on the road next weekend for a two game series against conference rival Colorado College.