DETROIT (WKZO) -- Western Michigan scored two goals in each period Friday night, smothering the Miami RedHawks in their CCHA semi-final game, 6-2. For the second time in as many years, the Broncos will play for the CCHA title at Joe Louis Arena.
Greg Squires opened the scoring early in the first period, and the Broncos never looked back. J.J. Crew added a short-handed goal with 2:40 left in the period to give Western a two goal lead. Miami’s Riley Smith provided all of the RedHawk offense, scoring late in the first and again in the third.
The second period was much of the same for Western Michigan, Greg Squires added a power play goal 2:07 into the period, recording his 100th career point. Will Kessel netted the Broncos second power play goal of the period at the 9:47 mark. Western Michigan finished 3 of 9 on the man advantage. Miami was scoreless in that category.
Will Kessel added his second score of the game to open the final frame. Matt Tennyson rounded out the power play scoring at the 13:58 mark advancing the Broncos to their second consecutive CCHA title game.
Much like last Saturday’s decisive win over Lake Superior, the Bronco offense started with authority, pelting 14 shots on goal in the first period. They recorded double-digit shot totals in each period tonight on two RedHawk goaltenders, finishing with a 36 shot total. The previously unbeatable Connor Knapp was replaced mid-way through the second period. His replacement, Cody Reichard gave up two goals. Frank Slubowski recorded 19 saves on 21 shots.
Following the game, team work was stressed as the important factor in finishing the job in tomorrow’s title game. The Broncos will meet the winner of the second semi final game between Michigan and Bowling Green. The Broncos dominated Bowling Green 6-1 in their last game, and split with Michigan in Ann Arbor in November.
Carolyn Binder is in Detroit to bring you full coverage of the title game on Facebook and Twitter as well as post game interviews. Robin Hook has the call on 96.5 FM WKZO and WKZO.com beginning at 7 pm.