WMU Hockey vs. Alaska Live Chat - 11:15
After tying the game 1-1 on a goal by Chase Balisy in the second period, Western Michigan gave up five unanswered goals and fell 6-1 to Alaska.
Frank Slubowski made 20 saves on the night but the Broncos could not slow down the UAF offense. Huysmans netted his first of two goals to give the Nanooks a 1-0 lead in the 1st period. After Balisy’s power play goal, UAF’s Andy Taranto and Kaare Odegard netted goals to give Alaska a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Chad Gehon and Huysmans netted goals in the first 40 seconds of the third period to sink the Broncos, with Jarrett Granberg adding a late goal to push the final total to 6-1.
QUICK HITS - NOTES FROM LAST NIGHT
ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE MINUTES AND 58 SECONDS: That is the amount of time that since the Broncos last scored a five-on-five goal. Since Dane Walter’s goal at 14:02 of the first period in WMU’s 3-1 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 9 the Broncos have scored three power play goals and a short-handed goal.
PK STREAK EXTENDED: Despite the defensive laps the Broncos shut down the Alaska Nanook power play, extending a streak to three games straight without giving up a power play goal. In the past three games the Broncos have held their opponents scoreless on nine chances. WMU did do a good job of staying out of the box, drawing only two penalties with only one resulting in a power play. The Brown & Gold’s penalty kill percentage is now at 81.6 percent overall and 90 percent in conference play.
STREAKING: Dennis Brown and Shane Berschbach each extended assist and scoring streaks in the loss. Brown now has four assists in the past three games, while Bershbach has three assists and one goal in his last three games.
OUTSHOT: After outshooting their opponents by a two-to-one margin in the first four games, the Broncos have had the tables turned on them. WMU’s opponents have outshot them 142-108 in the past five games, in which the Broncos are 2-2-1. In three of those five games their opponents have registered 30-plus shots on goal, while in three of the games the Broncos have been held to 20 shots or less.