By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer
The streak continues.
Western Michigan, which faced the daunting task of playing No. 1-ranked Miami on the road, drew the short stick again, losing back-to-back contests.
The Broncos were hurt by their penalty killing, which allowed two power-play tallies in each game.
In the opener, Miami got out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back in a 4-1 victory, despite a second-period power-play goal from WMU’s Luke Witkowski.
Broncos’ goalie Riley Gill was heavily tested and stopped 39 shots. Miami’s Cody Reichard turned aside 18.
The second game was much closer, but once again Miami came out on top, this time 2-1.
Gill stood on his head for the second consecutive night and made a season-high 46 saves.
Mike Levundusky scored his first career goal early in the third period. The marker tied the game at 1, but Andy Miele’s power-play goal late gave the RedHawks the lead for good.
Connor Knapp made 15 saves for Miami.
Western Michigan remains 0-for-2010. Its last victory came Dec. 4 against Alaska. Since that game, the Broncos have lost seven games in regulation, two more in overtime and tied another (0-0 to Bemidji State; WMU did win the exhibition shootout).
It doesn’t get any easier as Western Michigan (6-15-5, 2-14-4-1 CCHA) gets set to host Notre Dame this weekend. Both games begin at 7:35 p.m.