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Broncos Falter at Bowling Green

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 01/18/2013
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Western Michigan fell to Bowling Green, 3-2, in front of a packed crowd of 2,787 at the BGSU ice Arena on Friday night.

The win extended Bowling Green’s unbeaten streak to six games, while the Broncos run of four straight unbeaten was snapped. The Broncos (13-6-4, 9-4-2-1 CCHA) picked up goals from Chase Balisy and Kenney Morrison on the night, while Frank Slubowski made 17 saves in the loss.

Down 3-2 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game the Broncos were awarded a five-on-three power play for three minutes thanks to two major penalties on the Falcons. The Broncos had several chances on net but BGSU was able to kill off both major penalties to seal the win.

WMU ended up 1-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Falcons 22-20 on the night.

The Broncos took a 1-0 lead at 16:41 in the first period. Dane Walters passed it to Balisy at center ice and the Nashville Predators draft threaded the needle to Shane Berschbach near the left circle. Berschbach’s shot it the elbow of the goal and then the far post before it dropped to Balisy, who punched it in for his eighth goal of the season.

Mark Cooper and Ryan Carpenter added goals for Bowling Green just 3:03 apart from each other midway through the second period to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Cooper’s came during a power play after the puck bounced off a few players in the slot and right to his stick at 12:15.

Carpenter’s ninth of the season gave the Falcons the lead at 15:18 when he redirected a shot by Connor Kucera in the slot and into the net.

The Broncos responded with Morrison’s power play goal just 16 seconds before the end of the period. Berschbach passed it through the slot to Morrison, who was at the top of the left circle. The freshman defenseman fired it through traffic for his sixth of the season. Balisy also notched an assist on the goal.

A slapshot by Mike Sullivan was saved but the rebound bounced right to Dajon Mingo, who punched it into an open net for the game-winner.

The two teams meet for their final CCHA match up on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Kalamazoo.