By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer
If Western Michigan had the luxury of never being shorthanded, it might be one of the top teams in the CCHA.
The Broncos, who traveled to South Bend to take on No. 2 Notre Dame last weekend, allowed six power-play goals in two games against the Irish. WMU dropped the opener, 4-1 before earning a point with a 3-3 tie on Saturday night.
In game one, Max Campbell netted an early goal for the Broncos, but Notre Dame would score the ensuing four — all with the man-advantage.
In fact, the Irish were a perfect 4-for-4 on the power play. WMU was 0-for-5.
Jerry Kuhn made 45 saves for the Broncos and Jordan Pearce had 21 stops for UND.
In the second game, it appeared as if Notre Dame would once again cruise to an easy victory as it took an early 2-0 lead.
But the Broncos battled back, scoring three straight times. Patrick Galivan and Campbell sandwiched a Tyler Ludwig power-play tally.
The Irish tied the game with a third-period marker and went on to win the shootout, 2-1.
Kuhn had 35 stops between the pipes while Pearce had 19 saves in relief of Tom O’Brien, who was pulled after Ludwig’s goal.
Western Michigan (2-8-1, 1-5-4-1 CCHA) hosts No. 6 Miami next weekend for a pair of games.
The game originally scheduled for Friday will be played Sunday at 4:05 and will be broadcast on ESPNU.