Broncos Fall in Game One to Michigan, 4-3
The Broncos used a big second period to rebound from a two goal deficit but Jacob Trouba netted his second of the night for the game-winner at 9:15 in the third period. Down a goal the Broncos tried to mount a comeback and had a power play in the final five minutes but a scoring chance for Shane Berschbach found the right post instead.
WMU picked up goals from Chase Balisy, Colton Hargrove and Josh Pitt but were outshot 30-18 on the night, including 21-9 in the final two periods. All three of the Bronco goals came in the second period. Western Michigan was held scoreless on four power plays, while the Wolverines converted on one-of-four.
Michigan took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period at 8:43. After a Bronco rush the Wolverines countered and Phil Di Giuseppe buried his ninth of the season from the left circle.
The Maize and Blue extended their lead to 2-0 at the 18 minute mark of the period. Justin Selman had his original shot saved by WMU goalie Frank Slubowski but saw the rebound bounce right back onto his tape and he punched it in.
Western Michigan responded with two quick goals to open the second period. Balisy netted a shot from the slot at 3:30 and then Hargrove responded over a minute later with a snipe from the deep slot for his eighth goal of the season and fourth against Michigan.
Trouba added his first of the night at 7:13 in the second period, beating Slubowski glove side from the right circle for his 11th of the season.
WMU was quick to respond as Pitt tipped in a shot from Kenney Morrison at the 10:19 mark to square the game at 3-3.
The Broncos took a penalty at 8:11 in the third period and the Wolverines, who netted four power play goals in their first round win over Northern Michigan, made WMU pay. Trouba fired a shot from the top of the right circle and Slubowski got a piece of the puck but not enough.
Game two is Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Western Michigan must win to force a game three on Sunday.