WMU News

First-place hockey Broncos host Bowling Green

Oct. 20, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's hockey Broncos (2-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 CCHA) look to remain in first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association as Bowling Green (0-2-0, 0-0-0) visits this week (Oct. 22-23) for two games at Lawson Ice Arena (3,667). Faceoffs are 7:05 p.m.

Both games can be heard live on the Bronco Radio Network and on WMU's new Web site <www.wmubroncos.com> via broadcast.com.

At this weekend's matches, the Broncos will be accepting donations of new and used children books for the Kalamazoo Public Library's Ready to Read program, which promotes reading among underprivileged children.

WMU vaulted into first place in the CCHA standings following a two-game sweep of Ohio State, Oct. 15-16, in Columbus. The wins marked the first time since November 1997 the Broncos have won back-to-back road contests. WMU scored nine goals in the Value City Arena after OSU had allowed only 16 in its previous 13 games in the building.

Sophomore goaltender Jeff Reynaert was recognized as CCHA Defensive Player of the Week, stopping 52 of 55 shots (.945) and allowing just one even strength goal (three total) against the Buckeyes. In four games, Reynaert owns a 2.22 goals-against average and a .918 saves percentage.

Entering the 1999-2000 season, coach Jim Culhane felt the Broncos would have to "score by committee" to be successful. WMU did just that at Columbus with six players scoring goals and eight players adding assists.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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