WMU Hockey Brandon Bussi

Brandon Bussi made 28 saves and recorded his first assist since March 6, 2020 in the Broncos' win Friday.

Western Michigan hockey completed one of its toughest tasks of the season sweeping the No. 2 St. Cloud State Huskies. WMU defeated the Huskies in shutout fashion 4-0 Saturday night to secure the sweep.

This series sweep was a much-needed one for the Broncos after suffering a sweep last weekend on the road in Denver.

“This was a gutty effort, we were sick all week like last weekend,” head coach Pat Ferschweiler said. “For us to bounce back and to even find the energy to compete at that level makes me real proud of the guys.”

After this series, the Broncos have improved to 8-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in NCHC competition this year.

The first period of Saturday’s contest started out a lot more offense-heavy than Friday night’s. By the end of the first period, the contest was scoreless but the Huskies had 14 shots on net to WMU’s seven.

At the 12:11 mark of the second period, the Broncos drew first blood as Jason Polin found the back of the net right after WMU got off the power play. Just seconds later, the Broncos scored another goal thanks to Michael Joyaux that gave WMU a 2-0 advantage over St. Cloud State.

Despite the Broncos having a 2-0 after two periods, the Huskies had a considerable advantage on shots as SCSU was outshooting WMU 28-18.

The Broncos wouldn’t produce any more offense until the last three minutes of the third period, scoring two empty-net goals. WMU captain Paul Washe tapped in a short-handed empty-netter and Ty Glover scored another empty-netter with eight seconds left. Those last two goals would ultimately secure the Broncos’ 4-0 victory.

The Bronco defense shined again in spite of being outshot by the Huskies 36-24 on the night, and capitalized on offense when it counted the most.

After suffering an injury to the face in yesterday’s game, WMU goalie Brandon Bussi didn’t let that slow him down as he was again the heart of the Bronco defense as he secured his second career shutout.

Bussi ended the night with 36 saves and a 1.000 save percentage.

“I felt really good and was seeing the puck really well considering the circumstances, but the vision is all good,” Bussi said.

The Broncos ended the weekend scoring 10 total goals while only allowing two.

WMU will head on the road for the holiday weekend, squaring off against St. Lawrence University next Friday and Saturday with both games starting at 7 p.m. Fans can watch live with a subscription to NCHC.tv or listen live on the Bronco Radio Network.

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