December 1, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's hockey team (1-6-5 overall, 1-6-5 CCHA) heads north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet CCHA cellar dweller Lake Superior State before encountering league front-runner Ferris State in Big Rapids. Both games will be carried live on the Bronco Radio Network (flagship station WFAT96.5 FM) and on the Internet via broadcast.com.
Fri., Dec. 4, WMU at Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5 , WMU at Ferris State, Big Rapids, Mich., 7 p.m.
Western's winless streak reached eight games (0-4-4) with a 6-3 loss to Northern Michigan and a 1-1 overtime tie against Miami (Ohio) in Lawson Arena, Nov. 27 and 28. Freshman goaltender Jeff Reynaert made his first collegiate start on Friday and finished with 24 saves versus the NMU Wildcats. RW David Gove had a goal and assist to reclaim the team scoring lead (4-59). WMU took a season-high 31 shots in the contest.
Against Miami, RW Frank Novock knocked in a power play goal 5:22 into the third period to produce Western's fifth tie of the season (the school record is six, accomplished twice).
With one victory in 12 games, the Broncos are off to their slowest start in school history. The previous low for wins after 12 games was four set by the 1981-82 squad * WMU has been called for fewer penalties than its opponent in seven of the last 10 games. Over the same stretch, Western has accumulated less than 10 penalties on eight occasions * G Matt Barnes needs 16 saves to become the fifth WMU goalie to record 2,000 career saves * Western is nearly averaging a power play goal per game (11 in 12 games) * four Broncos share team goal-scoring honors with four markers apiece: Matt Addesa, David Gove, Jason Redenius and Corey Waring * Frank Novock appeared in his 125th game and D Geoff Collard his 100th game over the weekend * Jeff Lukasak (1-56) has already equaled his point total of a season ago, despite making the move from forward to defense * Western¢s freshmen class (numbering seven) has five combined points (0-55) in 59 games played * junior RW Brett Mills (8-1624, 72 games) is the lone Bronco out with injury. He is sidelined indefinitely with shoulder problems * the Broncos are 0-0-5 in overtime affairs this season *Western Michigan University will serve as host institution for the 2001 NCAA West Regional to be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Bronco 'Player of the Week'
Team captain Frank Novock earned Bronco "player of the week" honors for his efforts last weekend. The 5-8, 185-pound senior notched the game winning goal versus Miami and placed five shots on goal against Northern Michigan. Previous Bronco Player of the Week recipients: Nov. 23 Chuck Mindel; Nov. 9 David Gove; Nov. 2 Jason Redenius; Oct. 26 Jason Redenius; Oct. 19 Matt Barnes; Oct. 12 Jason Redenius.
Lake Superior scored a sixth-attacker goal with six seconds left in regulation to force a 2-2 overtime tie Nov. 6 in Kalamazoo. After Friday, WMU will not meet LSSU again until the regular season finale March 6 in Sault Ste. Marie. The Lakers lead the all-time series, 53-29-10.
Western dropped its season opener to Ferris State, 3-1, Oct. 9 in Lawson Arena. Both teams meet again on Feb. 12 in Kalamazoo to close the series. WMU holds a 50-25-5 lifetime advantage.
Western Michigan travels to Bowling Green on Dec. 12 for its first encounter against the Falcons this season. After the holiday break, WMU plays host to U. Mass-Amherst of Hockey East, Dec. 29 and 30, in Lawson Ice Arena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
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