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Broncos can't find offense in South Bend

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WMU Hockey
WMU Hockey

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SOUTH BEND (WKZO) -- Western Michigan was defeated 4-0 Sunday at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The Broncos had trouble controlling the puck on offense and were without star defenseman Dan DeKeyser who was out with an injury.

From the start of the game the Fighting Irish had a step on the Broncos.  Notre Dame came out with a lot of aggression and Western Michigan seemed unable to match the intensity.  Just 2:46 into the game, Notre Dame got on the board with a Sean Fogarty powerplay goal.  The Broncos had a lot of trouble gaining the zone in the period and it resulted in them being outshot 11-4.  WMU Goalie Frank Slubowski was able to turn aside 10 other shots in the period leaving it at 1-0 going into the first intermission.  

The second period was the same story for the Western Michigan.  Notre Dame was all over the visiting Broncos scoring two more early goals.  Ander Lee scored just 1:03 into the period on the man advantage, and Jeff Costello notched an even strength goal at the 4:11 mark.  WMU coach Andy Murray had aparently seem enough and lifted Frank Slubowski in favor of freshman goaltender Lukas Hafner.  Hafner was able to keep the score at 3-0 denying all 8 shots he faced in the period.

Once again the WMU offense was non existant in the third period.  Notre Dame did get an empty net goal from Anders Lee with just 1:05 remaining in the game to cap off a 4-0 victory.  The Broncos recorded only 4 shots in the period and were outshot 35-14 in the game.  The one brightspot of the game was that the backup goaltender Hafner made 20 saves on 20 shots in his first collegiate game.

The Broncos will take on Bowling Green at home on Friday at 7:05pm

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