Nov. 17, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan's hockey team (5-5-2 overall, 5-5-2 CCHA 4th place) steps out of conference for the first time this season to meet Dartmouth (1-2-1 overall, 1-2-1 ECAC 9th place) of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, Nov. 26-27, at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Only two current Broncos had been born when Dartmouth and WMU last met in December 1976.
Both games will be carried live on the Bronco Radio Network (Flagship WFAT-96.5 FM) as well as on the Bronco Web site at wmubroncos.com (broadcast.com). Faceoff for both contests is 7 p.m.
The Broncos have received an offensive lift behind a pair of
rookies in Ben Gagnon and David Cousineau. Gagnon ranks fourth
in team scoring (4-5-9) and provided a short-handed equalizer
in WMU's 4-4 tie at Nebraska Omaha on Nov. 13. Cousineau, who
stands fifth in team scoring (3-5-8), has three goals in three
games, lighting the lamp twice in a 5-3 win over Northern
Michigan on Nov. 6.
Despite being a workhorse between the pipes, sophomore Jeff Reynaert continues to provide solid goaltending. Reynaert, who leads CCHA goalies in minutes played (716:36) and saves (354), is on a record-setting pace for school saves percentage (.915) while his 2.76 goals-against average is on course to be the second-lowest in WMU history.
Before the season started, David Gove presented a challenge to himself to become one of the top scorers in the CCHA. Twelve games into the 1999-2000 season, the junior center has done just that, ranking second in scoring for league games with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists). With three more points, Gove will match his point total of last year, which made him a co-leader in team scoring.
The Broncos are home next on Friday, Dec. 3, for a key CCHA contest versus Ferris State. Faceoff for that match is 7:05 p.m. at Lawson Ice Arena.
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