November 10, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Coach Bill Wilkinson won't need any neckwear this upcoming holiday season with all the ties the Broncos have compiled in the early going. Through eight games, the Western Michigan University hockey team stands at 1-3-4 overall and seventh in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (same record). The school record for most draws in a season is six, accomplished in 1988-89 and 1991-92.
The Broncos take 12 days off from competitive action before returning to the ice on November 20 at Notre Dame followed by a Nov. 21 home encounter against Michigan State in Lawson Ice Arena. Both contests begin at 7 p.m. UND and MSU are tied atop the CCHA standings.
The Broncos are excelling in three areas: limiting trips to the penalty box, killing power plays and playing tough in goal. Shots on goal and goal scoring are concerns however. Last weekend was a prime example in a pair of home contests that produced identical results. Western skated to a 2-2 overtime against Lake Superior State on Friday (Nov. 6) after the Lakers pulled even on a sixth-attacker goal from Tobin Praznik with six seconds left in regulation. Saturday's tilt against Ohio State saw WMU pull even on Corey Waring's goal with 3:11 left in regulation, forcing a 2-2 tie. Western was outshot in both games (LSSU, 31-23; OSU, 34-16) but was whistled for just 13 penalties while killing all seven power play attempts. Goaltender Matt Barnes stopped 61 of 65 shots for a .938 saves percentage.
The Broncos have gone six straight games with 10 or fewer penalties called and over the same period are 26-for-27 on the penalty kill * five games this season have been decided by a goal or less * David Gove, used at all three forward positions, took over the team scoring lead (3-3=6) with a three-point weekend * Jason Redenius has surpassed his career-best total for goals (3) with Matt Addesa matching his season-best figure (3) * Frank Novock, top returning goal scorer of a year ago with 14 markers, is scoreless despite a team-best 24 shots on goal * RW Brett Mills is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury incurred at Miami (Oct. 31) * WMU debuted its new grey uniform tops against OSU. The "greys" replace the gold sweaters that were used for special occasions.
Bronco "Player of the Week"
David Gove put his teammates on the board first on Friday and Saturday. His tally against the Lakers came on a 5-on-3 power play; his goal versus OSU was the first shot taken by the Broncos. He also assisted on Corey Waring's game-tying score Saturday and finished a plus (+2). Previous Bronco POW recipients: Nov. 2 Jason Redenius; Oct. 26 Jason Redenius; Oct. 19 Matt Barnes; Oct. 12 Jason Redenius.
Western and Notre Dame complete their season series Nov. 20 in South Bend. Both teams have split this season, with the Irish recording their most lopsided series win ever in a 7-1 triumph Nov. 10 at the Joyce Center. Western earned a measure of revenge in its only win of the season thus far, knocking the No. 7th-ranked Irish from the unbeaten ranks with a 2-1 victory in Lawson Arena, Oct. 24. WMU leads the all-time series, 26-12-2.
MSU and Western battled to a 1-1 overtime tie at Munn Arena on Oct. 16. The Spartans lead the all-time series, 47-19-4.
Notre Dame (7-1-1, 5-1-0 CCHA) plays host to Bowling Green (Nov. 13) and Michigan (Nov. 14) this week; Michigan State (5-0-2, 4-0-2 CCHA) entertains Ohio State (Nov. 13) and Lake Superior (Nov. 14) in Munn.
After traveling to Notre Dame on Nov. 20, WMU begins a three-game homestand versus Michigan State (Nov. 21), Northern Michigan (Nov. 27) and Miami (Nov. 28). The Broncos then hit the road for three straight: Lake Superior (Dec. 4), Ferris State (Dec. 5), Bowling Green (Dec. 12).
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