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Broncos Complete Sweep After 5-1 Rout of Michigan

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 01/26/2013
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KALAMAZOO -- No. 9 Western Michigan netted five unanswered goals to complete the sweep of the University of Michigan after a 5-1 win in front of 4,287 fans at Lawson Ice Arena on Saturday night.

The sweep was the first for WMU (16-6-4, 12-4-2-1 CCHA) since Feb. 21-22, 1986. Freshman forward Colton Hargrove netted two goals on the night, with the Broncos also picking up tallies from Shane Berschbach, Kenney Morrison and Josh Pitt. Junior forward Mike Cichy had three assists on the night and finished +3. Sophomore netminder Frank Slubowski made 20 saves on the night to earn his third-straight win.

The Broncos outshot the Wolverines 33-20 on the night, including a 15-3 edge in the second period. WMU finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play, while holding the Wolverines to 1-for-4.

Michigan scored the first goal of the game once again with Andrew Copp tallying on the power play at 15:34 in the first period. Kevin Lynch found him all alone in the left circle and he beat Slubowski on the stick side to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

The Maize and Blue carried their lead into the second period until Berschbach deflected a shot from Matt Stewart past Michigan goalie Adam Janecyk and into the net for his third goal of the season at 4:08 of the second period. Stewart picked up the first point of his collegiate career on the goal and Dane Walters also tallied an assist.

Just over two minutes later at 6:40 Morrison fired a wrister into the net on the power play for the game-winner. Dennis Brown and Berschbach both picked up assists on freshman’s seventh goal of the season.

WMU extended the lead to 3-1 on Hargrove’s first of the night at 16:44. Cichy passed the puck to Pitt, who found Hargrove in front of the net and the freshman forward pushed passed Janecyk for his fourth of the season.

The Broncos opened up the third period with two quick goals. At 2:13 Cichy deflected a Michigan pass at the blue line to Pitt and the freshman forward fired one past Janecyk from the left circle for his second of the season. Janecyk was replaced by Jared Rutledge after the goal.

Just 1:40 later Cichy set up Hargrove for his second of the night to put the game out of reach.

Western Michigan heads to Ferris State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m.