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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – The road to a repeat of the CCHA Title ended tonight for Western Michigan hockey, falling 5-1 to the red-hot Michigan Wolverines Saturday marking the first time they were swept at home this season.
Much like Friday night’s game, Michigan got on the board first when Kevin Lynch scored on a feed from Lee Moffie and Jon Merrill 1:08 into the game. The Broncos answered late in the frame when Garrett Haar stuffed a feed from Nolan LaPorte and Josh Pitt past Steve Racine to even the score at 16:36 in the first. Michigan outshot the Broncos in the opening period by a 15-3 margin.
The Wolverines exploded in the middle frame for four goals from Andrew Sinelli, Derek DeBlois and a pair of tallies from Alex Guptill. Guptill’s first score was the lone power play goal in the game. Michigan finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage while Western Michigan finished 0-for-5 on the power play in the game, 0-for-9 on the weekend. Michigan finished with the edge in shots-on-goal 29-23.
Frank Slubowski recorded 20 saves in 30:58 of play. Lukas Hafner replaced Slubowski in the second frame recording four saves before the Broncos went empty net for the final 4:35 of the game.
Western Michigan (19-11-8) will now have to wait and see where they land for the NCAA tournament.