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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Broncos sweep Alabama-Huntsville

By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer

It wasn’t pretty, but Western Michigan was able to earn its first series sweep since 2007-08, when it took a pair of games from College Hockey America foe Wayne State.

Coincidentally, it took playing another CHA opponent for the Broncos to do it again.

After it appeared WMU was going to drop another tough-luck game, the Broncos kicked it into high gear, scoring three consecutive goals in a 4-3 victory over Alabama-Huntsville.

After trailing 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, Patrick Galivan and Kyle O’Kane scored a pair of second-period goals to knot the game up at three apiece.

Western Michigan then got some help from an unlikely source — Jordan Collins — who scored his first goal of the season roughly five minutes into the final period, giving the Broncos the win.

Cameron Talbot had 26 stops for UAH and Jerry Kuhn made 27 for the Broncos.

The second game was a bit different, with WMU cruising to a 5-1 victory.

The Broncos scored three power-play goals — one in each period — and Riley Gill made 24 saves.

Max Campbell scored his tenth goal of the season and Tyler Ludwig had three assists.

Blake MacNicol gave up the first four markers for UAH before giving way to Talbot, who made five saves.

WMU (6-13-5, 3-9-4-1 CCHA) plays a pair of games at Ohio State on Jan. 23 and 24.

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