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LISTEN: Late goals lift Broncos past Bulldogs

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Western Michigan hockey players Robert Francis and Mike Leone look on as the puck drops against the Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday 10/20/2012 at Lawson Ice Arena
Western Michigan hockey players Robert Francis and Mike Leone look on as the puck drops against the Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday 10/20/2012 at Lawson Ice Arena
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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Broncos completed their sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs Saturday night.  It took some late game heroics but the Broncos managed to pull it out 2-1.

The Bulldog game plan was clear from the drop of the puck Saturday night.  Ferris State was very physical in the first period which disrupted the Western Michigan offense early.  The aggression did lead to two Bronco power plays but WMU was unable to convert on the odd man chances and the teams were scoreless headed into intermission.  

In the second period, both teams focused more on puck control and quality opportunities than a physical aspect.  Even though each team had several scoring chances, the Bulldogs found the scoardboard first from Garrett Thompson at 8:21.  The goal came as the Ferris State penalty expired, Thompson found the puck as he stepped out of the box leading to a breakaway goal.  

Western MIchigan applied tons of pressure in the offensive zone to start the third period but continued to be denied by Ferris State goalie CJ Motte.  The Bulldogs answered with pressure of their own but WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski stood on his head making several great stops to keep the Broncos in the game.  With just minutes remaining in the game the Broncos found themselves on a late power play.  Chase Balisy finally was able to beat the Bulldog goalie, tying the game 1-1 at 15:52.  Just a few minutes later at 17:46 WMU's Mike Leone found the back of the net on the power play giving the Broncos the 2-1 victory.  

The Broncos will take on the Michigan Wolverines next weekend.

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