Feb. 18, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Goals by Ryan Crane and Brent Rumble and an exceptional performance in net by goaltender Jeff Reynaert lifted the WMU hockey team to a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked No. 11 Niagara on Friday night (Feb. 18) at Lawson Ice Arena.
Coming into the contest, Niagara (25-6-3) had the most wins, the best winning percentage, the top-rated defense, and the longest winning streak -- 16 games -- in NCAA Division I hockey. The two teams meet again on Saturday (Feb. 19) at Lawson Arena, with a 7:05 p.m. faceoff.
In Friday's victory, sophomore Reynaert stopped 33 of 34 shots, including three on break-away opportunities for Niagara. Reynaert was named the player of the game.
Defenseman Crane, also a sophomore, returned to the lineup after a nine-game layoff resulting from an ankle injury and scored his third goal of the season.
With the non-conference victory, WMU improves to 10-16-3 overall. The Broncos snapped a four-match losing streak, all four losses coming on the road in the previous two weekends. In the past three contests on their home ice, all against nationally ranked opponents, the Broncos are 2-0-1.
WMU is 5-1-1 in its past seven games at Lawson Arena. The Broncos will play five of their last six games at home, a fortunate turn of events for coach Jim Culhane's club, which has lost 10 straight on the road dating back to Nov. 26.
The Broncos are 8-13-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and return to CCHA action next week, when they host third-place Lake Superior State on Thursday and Friday night, Feb. 24-25. The series, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, was shifted to accommodate Thursday, Feb. 24, television coverage on FOX Sports Net.
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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