Leone and Witkowski Power WMU to Win Over Bowling Green
Luke Witkowski and Mike Leone each tallied goals with Leone scoring the winner with 7:08 remaining in the game to keep the Broncos undefeated at home in conference play. Western Michigan (14-6-4, 10-4-2-1 CCHA) outshot the Falcons 35-19 on the night, improving to 8-0-0 when holding opponents to 19 shots or less.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Ryan Carpenter at 12:35 in the first period. Rusty Hafner fired a shot that hit the post and Carpenter poked it in during a scramble for the loose puck.
The Broncos responded with a power play goal at 15:47 in the second period. Mike Cichy threaded the puck through traffic to Witkowski, who fired it from the right circle past BGSU goalie Andrew Hammond. Leone also tallied an assist on the game-winning goal.
WMU kept the pressure on in the third period, both offensively and defensively and it culminated with Leone’s game-winning goal in the third period. The Broncos created a turnover in the BGSU zone and Justin Kovacs found Leone on the right side of the net and he back-handed it between Hammond’s legs for his fifth of the season and second game-winner of the season. Ben Warda also tallied an assist on the goal.
The Broncos found themselves down two men in the final two minutes but were able to kill off the penalties, while holding Bowling Green to just five shots in the third period.
Western Michigan hosts conference rivals Michigan on Friday and Saturday next week. Fridays game will be broadcast by Comcast with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop, while Saturday’s will be on Fox Sports Detroit with a 7:35 start time.