Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – Before Friday night, it had been nearly seven weeks since the last time the Western Michigan hockey team had suffered a defeat. But the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals in the third period, ending the Broncos undefeated streak at six with Friday night’s 5-2 victory at Lawson Arena.
Justin Crandall had two goals and two assists, including the game winner, while his brother Aaron stopped 17 of the Broncos 19 shots for the Bulldogs (11-9-3, 6-6-1-1 NCHC), who are now 2-1 against WMU this season.
Sheldon Dries and Kenney Morrison tallied the only goals for the Broncos in the first and second period respectively. Dries 2nd goal of the year came while the Broncos were killing off a five minute major penalty to Josh Pitt for contact to the head, just 63 seconds after the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead.
Lukas Hafner made 32 for WMU (12-9-4, 6-6-1-1). The Broncos are now tied with the Bulldogs for 5th place in the NCHC with 21 points. WMU will look for the series and the season split on Saturday night. Puck drops at Lawson arena at 7pm.