Western Michigan Downs Minnesota Duluth 4-3 to Advance to NCHC Tourney

Western Michigan Sweep Minnesota Duluth - Matt Christians

Despite being outshot 37-11, the Broncos down the Bulldogs to earn the weekend sweep and a ticket to the NCHC's Frozen Faceoff.

Western Michigan's Frank Slubowski was tested throughout the game, but stood strong between the posts in the 4-3 triumph over Minnesota Duluth at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Bulldogs' Tony Cameranesi and Adam Krause gave UMD a 2-0 lead late in the 1st period, but Bronco Shane Berschbach would tally a goal of his own on the man-advantage before the first period would expire.

Chase Balisy, who finished the game with an impressive 4 points, tied the game 2-2 early in the second period for the Broncos, scoring on WMU's second shot of the game.  Minutes later, Bulldog captain Joe Basaraba would find a hole in Slubowski's net to regain the lead before heading into the locker room for the final period of play, 3-2.

The Bulldogs were 13-0-3 entering the 3rd period with a lead, while the Broncos were just 2-12-2, but that didn't seem to phase Western Michigan.  Goals by Justin Kovacs and Kenney Morrison allowed Western Michigan to sweep the quarterfinal series away from home, picking up a ticket to the Target Center for the NCHC Frozen Faceoff as well.

Scoring Summary

1st Period - UMD (1:21) Tony Cameranesi from Justin Crandall

1st Period - UMD (14:47) Adam Krause from Dan Molenaar and Dominic Toninato

1st Period - WMU (15:35) PP Shane Berschbach from Chase Balisy and Dennis Brown

2nd Period - WMU (5:25) Chase Balisy from Sheldon Dries and Mike Cichy

2nd Period - UMD (12:00) Joe Basaraba from Caleb Herbert and Austin Farley

3rd Period - WMU (6:22) Justin Kovacs from Shane Berschbach and Chase Balisy

3rd Period - WMU (7:49) PP Kenney Morrison from Dennis Brown and Chase Balisy

Goaltending Summary

Frank Slubowski (WMU): 10-13-11 = 34 (3 GA) - W

Aaron Crandall (UMD): 0-4-3 = 7 (4 GA) - L

Game Notes

  • The Bulldogs finish the year 16-16-4 (11-11-2 NCHC)
  • The Broncos are now 19-14-5 (11-11-2 NCHC)
  • Chase Balisy tallied four points on the night (1 goal 3 assists)
  • Minnesota Duluth outshot Western Michigan 70-33 throughout the quarterfinals, but lost both nights by one goal.
  • Western Michigan's powerplay bested that of Minnesota Duluth's... WMU went 3/7 throughout the weekend compared to UMD's 0/7.
  • Minnesota Duluth will lose goaltender Aaron Crandall, defenseman Tim Smith, and forwards Joe Basaraba and Max Tardy to graduation this spring.

Enjoy.

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