Broncos Fall to Nebraska-Omaha, 5-1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan fell 5-1 to National Collegiate Hockey Conference opponents Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night in front of 3,133 fans at Lawson Ice Arena.
The Broncos entered the third period trailing only 2-1 but the Mavericks netted three unanswered goals to make the final score, 5-1. Nebraska-Omaha’s Ryan Walters, Josh Archibald and Jake Guentzel picked up two points each on the night.
Archibald put in the Mavericks first third-period goal at 3:09 from Walters. He battled for the puck with a WMU defenseman as the two skated through the slot. The NCHC’s leading goal-scorer was able to get a shot off at the front of the crease that went off the post and crossbar then in to extend UNO’s lead to 3-1.
Austin Ortega netted Nebraska-Omaha’s second goal of the period from Brock Montpetit and Guentzel at 9:22. Montpetit wrapped around the back of the net and Ortega pushed in the puck through a scramble in front of the crease. Guentzel scored an empty-netter from Archibald at 18:45 for the final goal of the game.
Zahn Raubenheimer scored the Mavericks first goal of the night at 9:53 in the first period from Tanner Lane. Lane passed in the puck from the left faceoff circle to Raubenheimer on the right side of the slot. Raubenheimer’s shot went over WMU goaltender Lukas Hafner’s right shoulder hitting the post then the crossbar and in.
Less than thirty seconds after going to 4-on-3 play Dominic Zombo notched the game-winning goal for UNO at 15:11 in the second period from Walters and Michael Young. Walters fired a shot in from the right faceoff circle that was blocked by Hafner and Zombo tapped in the rebound from the right corner of the crease.
Senior captain Chase Balisy got the Broncos on the board with a goal from Kenney Morrison and Taylor Fleming at 17:49 in the second period. Balisy got the puck at the blue line and skated into the slot. He faked out Nebraska-Omaha goalie Ryan Massa to the right and scored on the wide open net.
Despite both teams combining for 16 penalties, the Broncos were unable to capitalize on power play opportunities and went 0-8 on the power play and held the Mavericks to 1-6 on the power play.
The Broncos will take on the Mavericks at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena for the second night of WMU’s Ice Duchenne weekend.