Western Herald – Western Michigan University hockey ties Notre Dame, loses in shootout on senior night

Western Michigan University hockey ties Notre Dame, loses in shootout on senior night

Kenny Wenzel
Senior Sports Reporter

For the second straight night Western Michigan and Notre Dame needed extra time and a shootout to settle their differences on the ice.

Missing the goal line by a matter of inches, a mad scramble was often the scene in front of the Notre Dame goal during Western Michigan's shootout loss to the Irish on Saturday night/Rob Wetterholt Jr. Western Herald.The Fighting Irish eventually took the extra point in a shootout.  Anders Lee scored the game winner in the second round as ND won, 2-0.

ND opened up the scoring at 10:38 of the first period when Bryan Rust scored his 12th goal of the season and second of the weekend.  Rust found himself alone in front of WMU goalie Frank Slubowski. Slubowski made the first initial save, but Rust grabbed his own rebound and slid it in.

WMU answered six minutes later on the power play.  Danny DeKeyser and Luke Witkowski cycled the puck back and forth until Mike Cichy found himself open atop the left circle.  Cichy sniped a wrister that beat ND goalie Steven Summerhays tying the game at one apiece.

Neither team scored in the second or third period leading to the second overtime in two nights for both teams.

In overtime, WMU tri-captain Dane Walters had the best opportunity but Summerhays gloved a point blank shot out of mid-air.

Slubowski ended the night with 36 saves.

WMU travels to Michigan State next weekend in the final regular season series of the season.

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