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Monday, January 07, 2008

Broncos swept by UNO Mavericks

By Tom Morelli/WMU Beat Writer

Western Michigan faced a tough weekend to begin 2008, losing a weekend series to fellow CCHA team, Nebraska-Omaha.

In Saturday’s game, the Mavericks were running wild on their special teams units, which accounted for four of their six goals.

After a slim 1-0 margin at the end of the first period, Nebraska-Omaha upped their offensive tempo, scoring three goals in the middle stanza.

Not to be outdone, the Broncos were able to muster up a pair of goals in the second period. Sophomore Cam Watson scored near the midway point, with help from Patrick Galivan. Mike Lesperance narrowed the lead with an unassisted goal at 10:47.

Co-captain Jeff LoVecchio scored his seventh goal of the season on the power-play, which was sandwiched between two goals by the Mavericks.

Goaltender Riley Gill allowed six goals on 33 shots faced.

Sunday night appeared to be going the way of Western Michigan, as the Broncos played a flawless first period and grabbed an early lead.

Galivan scored at 8:14 of the opening period to give Western Michigan, followed by another just 35 seconds later.

The lead would disappear going into the following period, as Nebraska-Omaha awakened themselves offensively to garner a tie after 40 minutes of play.

Canton native Brandon Scero scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks at 10:16 of the final period, and teammate Tomas Klempa registered an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining.

With the two losses, Western Michigan drops to 6-13-1 overall, and is currently second-to-last in the CCHA with a 2-10-0 record.

The Broncos will head to Ann Arbor for a Friday game with the University of Michigan, and then host the Wolverines the following night in Kalamazoo.

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