WMU News

Hockey team travels to Cornell, then Notre Dame

Jan. 12, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Firmly entrenched in the hunt for a home playoff spot, Western Michigan (8-8-2, 7-7-2 CCHA) takes a break from league play to meet Cornell (5-7-1, 4-4-0 ECAC) of the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference.

The Broncos travel to Ithica, N.Y., for a two-game series with Cornell, Jan. 14 and 15. Both games start at 7 p.m. They travel to South Bend, Ind., for two contests at Notre Dame, Jan. 21 and 22, before returning home to host Michigan State, Jan. 28 and 29.

Bronco Hockey can be heard live on the Bronco Radio Network (Flagship station WFAT-96.5 FM) and the WMU Athletics Web Site <www.wmubroncos.com> via broadcast.com.

Cornell is probably the most familiar non-conference opponent for the Broncos. WMU caught its first look at Cornell at the 1997 NCAA Regionals in Grand Rapids hosted by the Broncos. Both teams met on the ice twice the following season, when the Big Red was invited back to Van Andel Arena for the Pepsi Tournament (a 3-2 WMU setback). The Brown & Gold then hosted Cornell three weeks later in Lawson Arena (a 2-0 Bronco loss). Cornell head coach Mike Schafer spent five seasons as an assistant at WMU (1990-95) and his current assistant, Brent Brekke, was a four-letterwinner (1991-94) on defense for the Broncos. Brekke replaced current WMU assistant Scott Garrow, who spent four seasons on Schafer's staff.

Cornell leads the all-time series 3-0. WMU last played at Cornell in 1978.
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Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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