KALAMAZOO, Mich--- The Lake Superior State Lakers had a good chance to grab a rare series sweep, but gave up a two goal lead and fell to the Western Michigan Broncos in overtime, 3-2, at the Lawson Arena on Saturday night.
After goals by Ren Fauci and Dan Eves, LSSU (9-18-7, 8-12-6 CCHA) was up 2-0 at the 5:35 mark of the third period and poised for their first sweep of the year.
Vince Bellissimo and the Broncos (12-18-2, 7-17-2 CCHA) had other ideas though.
Bellissimo scored two goals in just under four minutes to force the game into overtime.
Then just 12-seconds into the extra frame Bellissimo scored his 15th of the year for the game-winner.
On the other end, Vince’s brother Daniel made 24 stops. Jeff Jakaitis was the hard luck loser for the Lakers with 45 saves.
Western is tied with Ferris State for 10th in the CCHA with a home-and-home series with the Bulldogs to close out the regular season looming next weekend.
The Lakers currently stand in 9th place and will end the regular season with another U.P., home-and-home grudge match against 3rd place Northern Michigan next weekend.
Also on the ice on Saturday…
Andrew Contois notched a hat trick as Northern Michigan crushed Ferris State, 6-3, and recorded a series sweep in Big Rapids.
Michigan State rebounded with a, 6-3, win on the road at Bowling Green.
Michigan Tech was clipped, 1-0, by the SeaWolves at Alaska-Anchorage.
The Wayne State Warrior Women were swept on their home ice with a 5-1 loss to the Niagara Purple Eagles at City Sports in Detroit.