Broncos Swept out of Playoffs by Michigan after 5-1 Loss
The loss drops the Broncos (19-11-8) out of the CCHA Playoffs and the team must wait until next Sunday to find out if they make it into the NCAA Tournament.
After taking a 1-1 game into the second period Western Michigan surrendered four goals in the second period and were unable to recover. Colton Hargrove tied the game at 1-1 at 16:36 in the first period when he tipped in a shot by Garrett Haar for his ninth goal of the season.
The lead didn’t last long as Andrew Sinelli punched in a goal from the right circle to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead just 2:53 into the second period. A.J. Treais fired a shot from the bottom of the right circle with WMU goalie Frank Slubowski making the save. His save pulled him out of position and Treais found Sinelli, who had an open net to shoot at.
Michigan extended the lead to 3-1 and then 4-1 after scoring two goals just 49 seconds apart at 10:09 and 10:58. Alex Guptil fired a shot that Slubowski got a piece of it but not enough as the puck bounced off him and across the goal line.
Derek DeBlois added Michigan’s fourth goal shortly afterwards, punching a rebound on a shot by Phil Di Giuseppe to put the game out of reach. Guptill added his second of the night with 18 seconds left in the period to push the score to 5-1.
The Broncos finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play and were 0-for-9 on the weekend in their first time being swept all season. Michigan held a 15-3 shot advantage after the first period but the Broncos responded with 20 shots in the final two periods. Michigan goalie Steve Racine made 22 saves on the night.