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Friday, March 18, 2011

WMU thwarts Wolverines in CCHA semis

By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer

With one huge second period, Western Michigan snapped Michigan’s eight-game winning streak and earned a spot in its first CCHA Championship since 1986.

The Broncos scored four times in the second period in a 5-2 victory Friday night and tallied three power-play goals, avenging two defeats to the Wolverines earlier in the year.

Mike Leone, Dane Walters and Matt Tennyson jolted WMU to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, all scoring on the power play. WMU was 3-for-6 with the man advantage overall.

Lee Moffie scored a power-play goal to put Michigan on the board, but the Broncos scored two goals in 2:26 near the end of the second.

Derek Roehl and Kyle O’Kane scored even-strength goals for Western Michigan, which chased Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick after two periods.

Hunwick allowed five goals on 23 shots. Bryan Hogan made four third-period saves.

Meanwhile, Jerry Kuhn stopped 29 of 31 shots for WMU.

The Broncos meet Miami Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. The RedHawks throttled the Irish, 6-2, Friday night.

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