Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Slubowksi shares the duties in Broncos Minnesota trip

The University of Western Michigan Broncos picked up their first conference road trip win of the year last weekend.

As the Broncos faced off against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Friday night victory came by way of a 5-3 victory for the Broncos, a game which Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski watched from the players bench.

Bronco head coach Andy Murray went with his rookie goal tender Lukas Hafner in the opening game of the two game series, resting Slubowski for Saturday night's finale.

However, Saturday night provided some problems for the PRMHA alumnus, as the Broncos quickly fell behind 2-0 in the first period. Something that gave Murray cause to turn to Lafner for the remainder of the Saturday night game, substituting him in the Bronco nets after the second goal, five shots and almost eighteen minutes of play.

It marks the second week in a row that the Prince Rupert goaltender has struggled in the Bronco nets.

And while the Broncos launched a comeback bid in the final two periods, they still ended up on the short side of the 4-3 decision.

Reviews of the action from last weekend can be found below:

Saturday-- WMU hockey falls to Minnesota-Duluth, 4-3, despite strong rally
Saturday-- Bronco Comeback Falls Short at Minnesota-Duluth
Friday-- WMU hockey earns first NCHC road win at Minnesota-Duluth
Friday-- Big Second period leads to 5-3 win over Minnesota-Duluth

The team will now enjoy the Christmas break, returning to action on December 27th as part of the massive hockey festivities surrounding the Winter Classic game at Ann Arbour, Michigan between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

Western Michigan will be part of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament.

For the Broncos part, the weekend of hockey celebration starts with an outdoor game at Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, the Broncos take on Michigan on the 27th.

Saturday the 28th, they will play either Michigan State or Michigan Tech.

You can review our past items on Frank Slubowski's travels with WMU from our archive page

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