Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Slubowski continues to split the goal duties at WMU, picks up the win from Saturday night

Head coach Andy Murray continues on with his alternating goal tending concept as the Western Michigan University Broncos enter the home stretch of their NCAA hockey season.

The two goaltender system has been given a fairly extensive review through the 2013-14 season, not hesitating to go with either of his puck stoppers and rewarding them after a particularly impressive performance.

Friday night, Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski was on the bench, as Murray went with Lukas Hafner in the nets.

Hafner has had some strong performances this year, however he did not find much support on Friday, as the Broncos went down to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Nebraska-Omaha.

Being on the bench for Friday nights match up, probably wasn't a bad place to be for Slubowksi.  In his post game press conference, Murray had few kind words for his team. Describing the Broncos play on Friday night as disappointing, at one point calling the effort rotten.

Friday 21 summary

Saturday night, Murray went to Slubowski for game number two of the weekend series.  A strong start for Slubowski and the Broncos kept the game at zero through the first. Things got off to a rough start for the Broncos in the second, as Nebraska-Omaha jumped out to 3-1 lead.

However, a strong third period for Western Michigan saw the Broncos shut down their opponents and then turn on their own offence roaring back to score four unanswered goals to claim the 5-3 victory.

Over the course of the evening, the PRMHA alumnus turned aside 25 of the 28 shots that he faced on the night. His strong third period efforts should provide his head coach with some confidence as to his goal tending situation as the Broncos head into the final weeks of the regular season.

February 22 summary

The Broncos wrap up the home side of their regular season schedule next weekend when Denver comes to Kalamazoo for a weekend series.

They end the regular season on the road one week later, when they travel to Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The  conference playoffs follow starting in mid-March.

The ultimate goal for the Broncos is a berth in the NCAA's Frozen Four Championship in Philadelphia in April.

February 22-- WMU hockey scores 4 goals in third period to beat Nebraska-Omaha 5-3
February 22-- Broncos score Four in the third Period to down UNO 5-3
February 21-- WMU hockey coach Andy Murray says team was 'rotten' in 5-1 loss to Nebraska-Omaha
February 21-- Broncos fall to Nebraska-Omaha 5-1

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