Feb. 12, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The hockey Broncos return home for a pair of matches against nationally-rank No. 13 Niagara on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19. The last time the Broncos were on their home ice, they defeated another national power, Michigan State, but since then, WMU has been overwhelmed in four straight road losses.
During the past two weekends, Western Michigan played two matches each on the home ice of the first- and second-place teams in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and the Broncos were blown off the ice in all four contests. WMU lost by a combined score of 31-9 at CCHA second-place Northern Michigan and first-place Michigan. Both NMU and Michigan are ranked among the top 10 in NCAA Division I hockey.
Losses of 7-2 on Friday (Feb. 11) and 9-3 on Saturday (Feb. 12) at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena pushed the Broncos' road losing streak to eight straight. The Broncos have not won on the road since November.
David Gove scored three of Western Michigan's five goals in Ann Arbor, all on power plays. He scored his 13th of the season on Friday night and his 14th and 15th on Saturday. That moves him ahead of sophomore Mike Bishai for the Bronco lead in goals scored. Gove also leads the team with 38 points.
With the losses at Michigan, WMU falls to 9-16-3 overall and 8-13-3 in the CCHA, where the Broncos cling to the eighth and final playoff position.
Bronco hockey can be heard on the Bronco Radio Network (Flagship station WFAT-96.5 FM Kalamazoo), and via broadcast.com on the Bronco Web site <www.wmubroncos.com>.
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