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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Broncos shut the door on Warriors

Wayne State head coach Bill Wilkinson's return to Kalamazoo didn't go so well as the Warriors were shut out, 4-0, by the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday night.

Wilkinson coached the Broncos for 17 seasons before coming to Wayne State eight years ago.

Brian Bicek led the Broncos with a pair of goals. Jeff Pierce added a goal and two assists and Kevin Labatte also turned on the light as the Broncos (3-4-0, 2-4-0 CCHA) ended a two-game slide.

In net, freshman Riley Gill stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first career shutout.

"Riley does a good job of squaring up and has a demeanor about him that reminds me of (former WMU and NHL goalie) Glenn Healy," said Broncos' head coach Jim Culhane. "I thought our guys competed hard tonight and it's good to see contributions from a number of players."

Will Hooper turned away 20 of 24 between the pipes for Wayne State.

The loss marked the first time in school history that the Warriors (1-6-0, 1-1-0 CHA) have been blanked in back-to-back games.

WSU and WMU will finish off their staggered home-and-home series Dec. 16 in Detroit.

Wayne State will continue their seven-game road trip with a pair of games next weekend at Brown and assistant coach Danny Brooks, a former WSU assistant (1999-2002).

Western Michigan will also be away from home as they travel to Columbus for a set against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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