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VIDEO: Second period struggles cost WMU hockey in series opener with Northern Michigan

by Carolyn Binder

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KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Despite outshooting Northern Michigan 45-22, Western Michigan dropped the first of two games with the Wildcats 5-4 Saturday night in front of 3,631 at Lawson Ice Arena.

Nolan LaPorte put the Broncos on the board first lighting the lamp 1:49 into the game off of a feed from Dennis Brown and Colton Hargrove. LaPorte’s second score of the season was answered just over a minute later when Stephan Vigier sniped a shot past Frank Slubowski to tie the game at 1-1.

Kyle Novak scored the first of two goals at the 10:18 mark on a power play feed from Shane Berschbach and Jordan Osterle. Novak scored again barely a minute later on a pass from Chris Dienes and Chase Balisy for his second goal of the season to put the Broncos up 3-1. Western Michigan finished the opening period with a 20-8 shots on goal advantage.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in a physical second period on Erik Higby’s second tally of the season. Stephan Vigier added a power play goal, and Reed Seckel lit the lamp for the first time this year to give Northern Michigan the 4-3 lead going into the final frame.

A total of 10 penalties were whistled in the second period including a game misconduct on Mike McKee for Western Michigan, and a game misconduct on Northern Michigan’s Cohen Adair.

The Broncos finished 1-for-6 on the man advantage in the game with 10 shots on goal. Northern Michigan was 1-for-4 with 2 shots on goal.

Erik Higby sealed the win for the Wildcats on his third score of the season in the third period. Jordan Osterle added a late goal with an extra attacker for Western Michigan.

Western Michigan (3-3-1) and Northern Michigan (4-5-0) wrap up the series tomorrow at Lawson Ice Arena with face off set for 5 pm. Listen on 96.5 FM WZOX.