Omaha, Nebraska. – The Western Michigan hockey team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday night against Omaha. The Mavericks scored a goal in overtime to defeat the Broncos 3-2.
The first period
After falling 5-2 last night, Omaha came out with more energy. The Mavericks managed to shoot two shots on goal in the first minute, but… Cameron Rowe He was there to make two saves.
The Broncos were then able to settle down and found some momentum on offense. Over the course of three minutes in the first part of the first half, WMU was able to take five shots, but Simon Latkoczy and the Omaha defense were able to keep the ball out of the net.
Just over eight minutes into the game, the Browns and Gold converted a penalty kick. However, the Broncos were able to limit the Mavericks to just one shot on net and they eventually returned to full strength. Moments later, WMU got its power play going and found some great looks at the net.
Alex Bomb He had a nice look saved by Latkoczy, and the game would still be tied heading into the later stages of the period. In the final minutes, Owen Michaels He almost put the Broncos ahead with a brilliant shot into the net. But it would be saved and Omaha would get a penalty kick late in the opening frame. The two teams entered the first break tied 0-0.
Despite a first-minute power play, Omaha was unable to generate any offense, and the Broncos returned to full strength. Then they started to play their own power just moments after that.
By the grace of man, Joe Cassetti And Sam Colangelo They’ll get looks at the net, but nothing will work, and the Mavericks will be back to full strength. Less than six minutes into the second half, Omaha scored the first goal of the game.
However, that lead was short-lived, as WMU responded just 24 seconds later. Ethan Phillips Touched the puck to Luke Grainger Which eventually slipped into Dylan Wendt. He fired the puck into the net and lit the lamp, scoring his sixth goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1.
A few minutes later, WMU would kill another Omaha power play. Rowe made a big save to keep the game tied at 1-1 in the middle portion of the period. In the final minutes, Michaels and Grainger fired shots at Latcoche, but the two teams entered the third period tied at 1-1.
The Broncos punted less than a minute into the third frame, but once again, WMU was able to keep Omaha off the board. The Mavericks did not put a shot on net during the man advantage.
At about 4:30 of the third period, WMU got back on the power play, getting big looks from Grainger and Colangelo. Latcoche and the Omaha defense will find a way to keep the game tied.
The energy began to build late in the first half, as both teams began to create more scoring opportunities. Omaha lit the lamp with just over five minutes left in the first half to take a 2-1 lead. WMU would pull Rowe out of the net and find the equalizer with just 11 seconds left in the game. Matteo Costantini He blocked Phillips’ shot into the net to make it 2-2.
Early in overtime, Berger had looks at the net, but couldn’t find the game-winner. Phillips would then get a good look at the net, but in the end Omaha would find the back of the net and secure a 3-2 overtime win.
Western Michigan returns home next weekend to host St. Cloud State. The series will begin on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m
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