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KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – For a second straight night, Western Michigan battled to overtime with Notre Dame at Lawson Ice Arena, but unlike Friday night, the Broncos fell in the shootout Saturday 2-0.
All of the scoring in regulation happened in the opening frame. The Fighting Irish struck first at the 10:38 mark of the first period on an even-strength goal by Bryan Rust.
On the Broncos’ lone power-play of the period, Mike Cichy lit the lamp with a rifle shot from the left point at the 16:16 mark, tying the score at 1-1 on his fourth goal of the season. Dan DeKeyser and Luke Witkowski tallied the assists. Western Michigan finished the night 1-for-5 on the power-play while holding Notre Dame scoreless on three chances.
Despite being outshot by a 38-26 margin, including a combined 11 total shots in the final period, Western Michigan stood tall behind the performance of Frank Slubowski who made 37 saves. Notre Dame held a 4-2 advantage in shots-on-goal in the overtime period.
Western Michigan (18-8-8, 14-6-6-3 CCHA) has secured home ice for the second round of the CCHA Playoffs on March 15, 16, and 17. The Broncos close out the regular season next weekend in East Lansing against Michigan State. Both games can be heard on 96.5 FM WKZO at 7:05.