Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A rough weekend for Frank Slubowski and his Broncos

Rupertites keeping an eye on the CCHA playoffs this weekend no doubt share in some disappointment with the Slubowski family, as the University of Western Michigan Broncos found themselves swept out of the CCHA playoff round.

Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski has been one of the key elements of the Bronco's success this season, with high anticipation for the first playoff round.

However, the best laid plans of coach Andy Murray took a sideways shift over the weekend, as the Broncos dropped both games of their best of three series with cross state rival University of Michigan.

The Broncos were on the short end of Friday nights game in a close affair edged by Michigan by a score of 4-3, while the Saturday evening match slipped away in the third period, as the Bronco's dropped a 5-1 decision to the Woverines.

While the loss knocks them out of the remainder of their conference CCHA playoffs, the Bronco's post season plans may gain a reprieve on Sunday.

At that time the NCAA issues it's invitations for the National US College Hockey playoffs leading to the Frozen Four Tournament.

While conference champions would get an automatic bye in, other universities such as WMU could find a spot in the tournament based on their season's work.

Bronco hopes would seem to rest on the results from elsewhere in the weekend to come. A situation where favourites in the upcoming conference tournament must carry through and not allow for many upsets.

Should that scenario play out then the Bronco's will have a future in the 2013 run to the Final Four.

No doubt they will be watching much of the action over the upcoming weekend with fingers crossed, looking for that second chance to seek US College Hockey's biggest challenge.

M Live-- WMU hockey cannot afford many conference tournament upsets if Broncos hope to make NCAA tournament
M Live-- It's tough to digest Western Michigan's quick exit from CCHA Tournament, but it's not enough to call the season a failure
M Live-- WMU Hockey didn't get the job done in 5-1 loss to Michigan that eliminated Broncos from CCHA Tournament
M Live-- Michigan defeats Western Michigan , 5-1, to sweep Broncos in CCHA Tournament quarterfinals
Detroit News-- Michigan sweeps Western, advances to CCHA semifinals

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