The Western Michigan Broncos (1-3-0, 02-0 CCHA) defensive woes continued as they dropped a pair of games to the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at the Qwest Center over the weekend.
The Broncs spotted the Mavs a 4 goal lead in Friday’s opener before eventually falling by a final score of 7-3.
David Phillips led the home team with the game-winning power-play goal at 2:04 of the second period and also helped out with two assists.
Vince Bellissimo paced the Broncos with a pair of goals and Mike Erickson added the final tally.
Daniel Bellissimo got the start in net for WMU, but got the early hook after surrendering 3 goals on 5 shots. Eric Marvin came in a relief and stopped 21 of 25 shots in a losing effort.
WMU out shot UNO 38-30 and converted on 3 of 9 power-play attempts.
The Broncos made it a closer game in the finale, but lost a heartbreaker to the Mavericks in overtime, 4-3.
Kevin Labatte, Mike Erickson, and Brent Walton all scored in the second period to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead.
The Mavericks scored to tie the game in the third period and then at 1:50 of overtime, Kaleb Betts scored to give the Mavs a 4-0 start for the first time in school history.
Scott Parse led UNO charge with a goal and two assists.
Marvin made the start in net for the Broncs and stopped 26 of 30 shots.
UNO out gunned WMU 30-19 and finished with a 3-11 night with the man-advantage. WMU finished 2-5 on the power-play.
The Broncos will return home for a pair of games against the CCHA leading Ohio State Buckeyes (4-2-0, 4-0-0 CCHA) on Friday and Saturday night at the Lawson Ice Arena.
Last season the two squads split a two game set in Kalamazoo.