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BIG RAPIDS, MI (WKZO) -- The physical play from Friday's game carried over to the Saturday night matchup as the Broncos fell in a shootout.
Both teams were very physical to start out the game. There were plently of hits one by Josh Pitt even left a Bulldog on the ice for several minutes. From that point both teams had their scoring chances as shots were 10-9 and the Broncos and Bulldogs each had two powerplays. Ferris State was the only team able to capitalize in the period, scoring on their second man advantage at 14:47 from Matthew Kirzinger.
The second period was real sloppy by the Broncos. WMU was out shot 8-4 in the period and had five penalties. Luckily the Bulldogs were unable to convert any of the chances and the 1-0 Bulldog lead went into the third.
In the third period tensions were high as Justin Kovacs made contact with FSU goaltender CJ Motte. The Bulldogs took exception to the contact, especially Dom Panetta who threw a few punches in the scrap. After a ten minute delay the Broncos were on a 5 on 3 advantage, one penalty a five minute major. Dennis Brown was able to slap home a rebound tying the game at 5:06. Just seconds later at 5:29 Mike Leone found the back of the net giving the Broncos the 2-1 lead. Ferris State answered back at 19:18 from Kyle Bonis to tie the game at 2-2 which caused an eruption in the crowd as the game went into overtime.
There was action both ways in overtime but both goaltenders were brick walls. The Broncos took a penalty with 1:25 remaining but stood strong and sent the game into a shoot out.
In the shootout Mike Leone scored on the Broncos first attempt. The Bulldogs answered back scoring on their first opportunity. Chase Balisy was then up and Motte made a good save to deny him. The Bulldogs came out and were once again able to beat Frank Slubowski giving them a 2-1 advantage. Shane Berschbach missed the final WMU shot and the Broncos fell in the shootout.
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