By Bob Miller/Western Michigan Beat Writer
Western Michigan was barely able to eke out a split in their road series at St. Cloud State on Friday with an overtime 2-1 win.
The Broncos fell to St. Cloud 4-2 in Thursday night's series opener.
Chase Balisy was the hero for Western Michigan in the overtime victory, bagging the winner only 41 seconds into extra time.
Matt Tennyson had staked the Broncos to an initial lead midway through the first period, but St. Cloud got the equalizer in the middle period. Both regulation time goals were scored on the power play.
“We're not a pretty team,” Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray told USCHO after the Broncos' win on Friday. “We play pretty hard, though. We should have won last night going away, but we didn't score on our chances.”
Those chances in Thursday's loss referred to by Murray took the form of 31 shots that the Broncos directed toward Ryan Faragher in the St. Cloud net.
Only two of those 31 shots found the back of the net for Western Michigan. J.J. Crew in the first period and Shane Berschbach in the second period provided the firepower for the Broncos, staking them to a 2-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
St. Cloud's Jared Festler solved Frank Slubowski in the Bronco net twice in the third period and the Huskies added an empty-net goal for the 4-2 win.
Western Michigan continues their holiday 'tour de WCHA this coming weekend,' hosting reigning national champion Minnesota-Duluth for a non-conference two-game series.