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Luke Witkowski's power play goal proved to be the game-winner.
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Four Different Broncos Score in 4-1 Win Over Michigan

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 12/14/2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Western Michigan extended its winning streak to six games after defeating the University of Michigan, 4-1, at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night.

The Broncos (11-3-1, 8-2-1-1 CCHA) picked up goals by Ben Warda, Luke Witkowski and Justin Kovacs on the night, while Mike Leone tallied two assists in the win. Frank Slubowski made 21 saves to earn his 11th win of the season.  WMU outshot Michigan 28-24, including 15-5 in the second period. The Broncos also held Michigan scoreless on five power plays, including a five-on-three in the first period.

Warda’s first goal of the season gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead with 7:16 remaining in the first period. Leone picked off a pass and found Warda in the left circle and the senior forward fired it between Michigan goalie Steve Racine’s legs and into the net.

Witkowski pushed the lead to 2-0 just before the end of the period with 34 seconds left on the clock on a power play goal. Leone fed Witkowski at the center point and the senior captained beat Racine for his first goal of the season.

Kovacs tallied his first goal of the season in the second period to push the lead to 3-1. The Broncos caught the Wolverines in a change and had a three-on-one rush. Warda passed it to Kovacs in the slot and the sophomore forward deked Racine to the ground and put it in an open net to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead.

Michigan added a goal at 13:49 after a deflected puck bounced right to Phil Di Giuseppe’s stick and he punched it in to an open net to cut the lead to 3-1.

Dane Walters added an emtpy-net goal with eight seconds remaining in the third period to seal the victory.