WMU News

Hockey Broncos open with win and tie

Oct. 15, 2000

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- WMU's hockey team claimed three of four possible points over the weekend at Alaska-Fairbanks, with a 4-4 tie on Friday (Oct. 13) and an 8-5 victory on Saturday (Oct. 14). The contests were the first of the 2000-01 season for Western Michigan.

The three-point weekend moved WMU (1-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 CCHA) into first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association on a light opening weekend of league play.

In Saturday's victory, left wing Steve Rymsha recorded his first career hat trick. Right wing Dave Gove and center Mike Bishai picked up where they left off last season as the top two returning scorers in CCHA contests. Gove scored two goals for the second night in a row. Bishai had four assists Saturday night to add to his two on Friday.

In addition to Gove, Ryan Crane and Bishai score for the Broncos in Friday's tie. Rymsha and Gove combined for five of WMU's eight goal Saturday night. The other three were scored by Jeff Campbell, Dana Lattery and Austin Miller. Campbell and Lattery are both first-year players.

The eight Bronco goals Saturday night were the most since an 8-1 win on Feb. 28, 1998, also at Alaska-Fairbanks.

Jeff Reyneart was in goal for Western Michigan both nights and recorded 22 and 32 saves, respectively.

WMU opens on its home ice with a pair of games during WMU Homecoming weekend, Oct. 20-21, versus non-conference opponent Alabama-Huntsville. Faceoff for both matches is 7 p.m. at Lawson Arena.

Saturday, Oct. 14
                     1st  2nd  3rd   Total
WMU Broncos           2    4    2      8
Alaska-Fairbanks      1    3    1      5

attendance: 3,224

Friday, Oct. 13
                     1st  2nd  3rd   Total
WMU Broncos           3    0    1      4
Alaska-Fairbanks      3    0    1      4

attendance: 3,043 

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web <www.wmubroncos.com>.

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

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