Monday, October 6, 2014

Slubowski holds off U of T Blues in his half of WMU Broncos pre season opener

Photo from WMU Bronco website
Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski got the nod to start this weekend, as the Western Michigan Broncos started their path on Saturday towards what they hope will be a berth in the NCAA's Frozen Four final next year.

The Broncos had their first test of the pre season with a home opener against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

The visiting CIS squad was in Kalamazoo for the annual Border Battle match up, with the OUAA team looking to see how they shape up against NCAA competition.

For Slubowski, the first shots of a new season provided for a good opportunity to shake off the rust of the off season and for the PRMHA alum game one went just fine.

The Broncos goaltender held off the U of T attack through the first period and for the first ten minutes of the second, the switchover point for the Broncos, with Lukas Hafner taking over to finish off the game.

A match up that in the end resulted in a 2-2 tie for the two squads, with the game then moving on to a shoot out to give the Broncos the bragging rights.

Of his thirty minutes of playing time, Slubowski made fourteen saves, making for a positive tune up for the regular NCAA season to come.

The box score on the exhibition game with the U of T can be found here.

The NCAA squad next sees action on next weekend when they kick off their regular season with a pair of games against Buffalo New York's Canisius College

You can review some of the background to the launch of the Bronco's 2014 efforts below.

Broncos win Border Battle
WMU hockey ties University of Toronto in exhibition; Broncos win Shoot Out 1-0 
Hockey hosts Toronto for Annual "Border Battle" Game on Saturday
Tickets just $10 for "Border Battle" against Toronto

You can can follow along with his season in the NCAA from our archive page featuring the efforts of Prince Rupert and North Coast athletes in a number of locations across North America.

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