Western Michigan defeated Spring Arbor 2-1 in a back-and-forth contest that had to go to overtime to determine a winner.
The first half saw the Broncos have chances to get on the board putting up six shots but had no goals to show for it. The defense of WMU was great, only giving up one shot to Spring Arbor in the first half. After 45 minutes, the score was tied at zero.
The first goal came at 70:40 when Stephen Guipe scored a goal on a shot assisted by Aiden Messinger to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The shot was only the second shot for Spring Arbor all game and was the last shot the Cougars would take.
The Broncos rebounded quickly scoring a goal 42 seconds later on a goal by Pepe Martinez-Bertrand that tied the game at one. Western Michigan had chances late to end the game in regulation but could not find the net and the game went into overtime. The Broncos had outshot the Cougars 21-2 in the regulation period of the game.
The game clinching goal came at 93:42 in overtime when Max Keenan scored a goal off of a penalty kick to give the Broncos the 2-1 win. The win puts the Broncos’ record at 2-1 on the year.
The Broncos finished with 24 shots, 11 of which were on goal compared to two for Spring Arbor. The defense of Western Michigan played a big part in coming back and holding the lead for the rest of overtime.
Western Michigan will be in Kalamazoo on Sunday at 1 p.m. for its first home game of the season against West Virginia.