Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Frank Slubowski started the weekend, but Lafner collected the wins for WMU Broncos

University of Western Michigan coach Andy Murray continued to tinker with his goaltending tandem over the weekend, as the WMU Broncos claimed two victories over Minnesota's St. Cloud State.

Friday night it was Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski who got the tap on the shoulder to start, however he would have an early night of things. Replaced by the Broncos coach in the first period, giving way to Lukas Hafner in the nets at the 14 minute mark, that after surrendering 3 goals in the opening frame.

Hafner would settle the game down, allowing the Broncos to mount a comeback in fast paced game. WMU eventually taking the victory in a shoot out.

On the strength of his relief appearance of Friday, Murray gave Lafner the start on Saturday and he made the best of his opportunity once again, backstopping the Broncos to a 2-1 victory and sweep of the highly ranked St. Cloud squad.

With the victories of the weekend, the Broncos find themselves ranked as the number 19 squad in NCAA hockey (full rankings can be found here).

The Broncos have a week off to work on their defensive play. They next see action next weekend, when Minnesota-Duluth travels to Kalamazoo to take on the Broncos on January 24 and 25.

Summaries of the weekend in Minnesota can be found below

Friday January 17
Saturday January 18

Reviews of the St. Cloud series can be found below:

January 18-- WMU Hockey upsets No. 3 St. Cloud State, 2-1 on the road
January 18-- Broncos Upset St. Cloud State, 2-1
January 17-- Broncos earn Shootout win over St. Cloud State
January 17-- WMU hockey rallies to tie No. 3 St. Cloud State, 5-5, Broncos win shootout 1-0

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