Western Herald – WMU hockey scores three goals in final period to win 3-2 in Alaska

WMU hockey scores three goals in final period to win 3-2 in Alaska

By Kenny Wenzel
Sports Reporter

The No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos needed all 60 minutes to take down the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, Saturday night in Alaska.

The Broncos (6-3-1, 3-2-1-1 CCHA) scored three third period goals in order to defeat the Nanooks (6-4-2, 4-3-1-0 CCHA), 3-2.

UAF struck first at the 14:41 mark in the first period as Tyler Morely recoreded his fourth goal of the season. UAF outshot WMU 13-5, but went 0-3 on the power play.

The Nanooks would eventually get a power play goal halfway through the second period after Cody Kunyk was fed a pass from Colton Beck to put UAF up 2-0 after two periods.

In the third period, WMU came up and struck quickly. Garrett Haar scored his third goal of the season after Dane Walters found him trailing and Haar scored low.

57 seconds later, Mike Cichy was credited with an assist as his shot, which went high over the net, bounced back in front of Shane Berschbach who scored his second goal of the season to tie the game.

UAF would take a late penalty at 15:52 for holding. WMU would capitalize on the late power play opportunity as Haar hit Cichy from behind the net and Cichy shot the puck in the back of the net for the game-winner.

Frank Slubowski was named the first star of the game with 40 saves.

The Broncos have Thanksgiving weekend off before resuming play at Lawson Ice Arena against Northern Michigan on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Both games will have 7:05 p.m. puck drops.

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