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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Broncos drop both games on road at Miami

By Bob Miller/Western Michigan Beat Writer

Western Michigan ran into a surging buzzsaw, Miami, in Oxford, Ohio, this weekend in dropping two straight games to the RedHawks.

Miami bagged a goal by Reilly Smith in each of the three periods and Luke Witkowski replied for the Broncos in the first period in the 3-1 opening-game win for the RedHawks.

Saturday night's 4-0 victory sounds lopsided at first glance, but Western Michigan simply couldn't break through against Miami goaltender Connor Knapp despite playing even with the RedHawks.

“We played a good team,” Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray told USCHO after the game. “We hit them at a time when they're playing very well. It's a 1-0 game in the third period. They had 10 shots on goal through two periods. To me, it's a pretty good game.

“We couldn't score on our chances. We just have to play hard. We have to finish some of our chances. We can't give up two breakaways in the third period when it's a 1-0 game.”

The losses drop Western Michigan into a second place tie in the CCHA standings with Miami.

The Broncos hit the ice again this coming weekend with a home-and-home series with Bowling Green.

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