WMU News

Hockey win streak now at seven

Nov. 11, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- WMU's hockey Broncos won their seventh consecutive match with a 4-3 overtime victory against Niagara University. The match was played on the home ice of the NHL Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, in Buffalo on Saturday (Nov. 11).

On Friday night (Nov. 10), the Broncos defeated Niagara, 4-1, in a match played in the Purple Eagle's home arena in Niagara University, N.Y. The two wins give WMU its longest winning streak since November 1995, when the Broncos won eight in a row. Western Michigan is also off to its best season start in program history.

With the non-conference wins at Niagara, the Broncos improved to 8-1-1 on the season. They remain 3-0-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. WMU was ranked No. 13 in the nation entering this weekend's action, the first time the Broncos have been top-15 ranked since 1995-96.

Bronco freshman Jeff Campbell scored the first goal in both matches with Niagara. Following a scoreless first period Saturday, Campbell scored his ninth goal of the season early in the second period on assists by Mike Bishai and David Gove.

Niagara responded with three unanswered goals for a 3-1 lead in the third period. Seniors Gove and Steve Rymsha tallied power play goals for WMU in the third period to tie the match. Bishai and freshman Mike Jarmuth had assists on Gove's score. Bishai and Campbell assisted on the equilizer by Rymsha.

At 3:21 of overtime, Gove got another assist on the game-winning goal by sophomore Ben Gagnon. The Broncos have scored at least four goals in all 10 of their matches this season.

Sophomore J.J. Weaks was in goal for the Broncos in place of regular goalkeeper Jeff Reynaert. Weaks earned his first collegiate career win with 25 saves.

The Broncos return to CCHA action with one match next weekend, Friday, Nov. 17, at Michigan State.

             1st  2nd  3rd  OT  Final
WMU Broncos   0    1    2    1    4
Niagara       0    2    1    0    3

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