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Monday, October 11, 2010

WMU does splits with Canisius

By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer

Though the season didn’t start exactly the way Western Michigan wanted it to, the Broncos still managed to split a weekend series with Canisius.

After dropping its home opener Friday, 5-3, WMU eeked out a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

In the first game, after Matt Tennyson and Danny DeKeyser gave Western Michigan a 2-0 first-period lead, Canisius stormed back with three goals early in the second period, two by Cory Conacher.

WMU’s Max Campbell evened things up at 3 late in the period, but Conacher’s third goal in the third period proved to be the winner.

Jerry Kuhn allowed all five goals for the Broncos and stopped 21 shots. Dan Morrison had 39 saves for Canisius.

The Broncos got off to a consecutive 2-0 start Saturday night, but again couldn’t hold the lead.

Kyle O’Kane and Greg Squires scored for the Broncos in the opening period, but two Canisius goals in the next two periods knotted the score at 2.

But in overtime, Campbell scored his second goal in as many nights to give WMU its first victory of the season.

The Broncos peppered Morrison, who stopped 51 shots. Nick Pisellini stopped 16 for Western Michigan.

Western Michigan stats a five-game road trip Oct. 15 and 16 against Mercyhurst (0-0-1) in Erie, Pa. Its lone game was a 1-1 tie with Michigan back on Oct. 2.

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