Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slubowski tagged with loss in WMU Broncos season opener, as team splits series

The 2014-15 NCAA hockey season got underway for the WMU Broncos last weekend, with the Western Michigan squad splitting their opening week series with Buffalo, New York's Canisius.

Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski was handed the puck to launch the Broncos new season, taking to the ice in the opener of Friday night, a hard fought battle between the two teams which saw the Broncos end up on the short side of the 4-2 final.

The Bronco's goaltender faced 26 shots on the night from the offensive minded Golden Griffins squad, turning aside 23 of them, the final marker from the hosts an empty net goal which put the Broncos comeback attempt on ice for the evening in the last minute of the third.

It was a game which featured a fair amour of ebb and flow between zones, with the Broncos not finding their range when opportunity provide for them, while also spending too much time in their own end, allowing a number of chances for the home team to take advantage of.

A trend which by the time sixty minutes had come to an end, provided the Golden Griffins with the opportunities to put away the Broncos on the night.

The box score for Friday night's game can be found here.

As he did for much of last season, head coach Andy Murray went with the Bronco's other goaltender for the follow up game on Saturday, with Lukas Hafner picking up the first win of the season.

His Broncos team mates having it seems reversed some of their errors of Friday evening to secure victory, reducing the number of shots in the WMU end by a significant number from Friday's efforts.

Saturday night's box score can be found here.

Reviews of the weekend action can be found below.

WMU hockey defeats Canisius 4-1 behind two goals from Sheldon Dries
Broncos power past Golden Griffins 4-1
Broncos fall in Opener, 4-2
WMU hockey loses to Canisius College, 4-2, in back and forth season opener

The Broncos next see action this weekend, when they open up their NCHC conference play against the University of Nebraska-Omaha for a two game series at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo.

Previews of the weekend action can be reviewed below:

Broncos host Mavericks for NCHC Opener

For more items on Prince Rupert athletes on squads across North America see our archive page here.

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