By Bob Miller/Western Michigan Beat Writer
Western Michigan kept its unbeaten season streak alive this weekend, taking five out of six CCHA standings points out of a tough road trip way north to Alaska.
Head coach Andy Murray's charges have picked up right where they left off under Jeff Blashill's tutelage last season.
After a dominating 4-1 win over the Nanooks on Friday night, the Broncos held off a third period Alaska charge on Saturday night, winning on goals by Derek Roehl and Chase Balisy in a shootout after a 2-2 tie in regulation time.
The two wins left the Broncos positioned well for a run at the CCHA title early in the 2011-2012 campaign.
Goaltending remained solid on the road trip for Western Michigan. Nick Pisellini allowed only one of the Nanooks' 27 shots to beat him on Friday. Frank Slubowski turned aside 32 Alaska shots in the return match on Saturday, then stood strong allowing only one goal in the shootout.
Western Michigan's offensive attack in the series opener featured balanced scoring on goals by Ben Warda, Roehl, Will Kessel and David Killip.
Garrett Haar and Balisy tallied for the Broncos in regulation play Saturday before the shootout win.
The Broncos return home to Lawson Ice Arena for a two-game series against Northern Michigan this coming weekend.