Feb. 25, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The hockey Broncos split a Feb. 24-25 series with Lake Superior State at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena, winning 7-3 on Thursday and losing 6-3 on Friday.
The Broncos are 9-14-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and are tied with Bowling Green for ninth place in the conference. The top 10 teams qualify for the CCHA tournament. WMU has two matches remaining in the regular season, and 11th-place Ohio State has three. A victory by WMU or a loss by Ohio State will clinch a playoff berth for the Broncos.
The two matches with Lake Superior were remarkably similar, but with opposite results. Both games were decided by the end of two periods: the Broncos led 4-1 after two periods on Thursday, and the Lakers led 5-1 at the second intermission Friday. In Thursday's contest, WMU scored on powers plays, short-handed, and at even strength. Friday night, the Lakers did exactly the same.
The difference in the two matches were shots on goal. Thursday night, both teams had 38 shots, but in Friday's contest, the Lakers doubled the Broncos, 36-18. Sophomore Jeff Reynaert was in net for WMU both nights and made 65 saves in the two-game series.
In Thursday night's win, the Broncos received goals from David Gove (2), Corey Waring, Brent Rumble, Mike Bishai, Steve Rymsha, and Anthony Battaglia. Bishai also had three assists to lead the Bronco scoring spree.
WMU received goals Friday night from Ben Gagnon, David Cousineau, and Bryan Farquhar.
Lake Superior (15-9-2 CCHA 4th place) appears a lock for home ice for the CCHA quarterfinals.
WMU and LSSU complete the season series tied 2-2. The two teams also split two matches played Oct. 29-30 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with WMU winning the first 4-1 and losing the second 5-4. Lake Superior leads the all-time series, 57-31-10.
The Broncos complete the regular season, March 3-4, with a Friday night contest at Ferris State, and a Saturday match versus Ferris at Lawson Arena. Both begin at 7 p.m.
Bronco hockey can be heard on the Bronco Radio Network (Flagship station WFAT-96.5 FM Kalamazoo), and via broadcast.com on the Bronco Web site <www.wmubroncos.com>.
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