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Bronco Hockey Splits with #2 St. Cloud State

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Western Michigan hockey team had to settle for a road split with No. 2 St. Cloud State, falling to the Huskies 4-3 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday night.

After SCSU took a 3-2 lead on a power play goal early in the third period, Corey Schueneman responded with a power play tally of his own to tie it up at 3-3 with 8:46 left. St. Cloud netted the game-winner with 15:32 left as Easton Brodzinski was left alone in front of Ben Blacker and punched it in. WMU pulled Blacker, who had a game-high 36 saves, for the extra attacker with time winding down but were unable to tie it back up.

The Huskies outshot the Broncos 40-16. WMU (12-9-1. 7-5-0-0 NCHC) held SCSU scoreless on its seven power play plays, while Western Michigan was awarded just two and scored on both.

WMU took a 1-0 lead with 6.8 seconds left in the first period on a power play goal by Dawson DiPietro. Schueneman ripped a shot from the point and it deflected off of DiPietro and into the net for his 10th goal of the season. Schueneman tallied his 16th assist of the season and Luke Bafia also tallied a helper on the goal.

St. Cloud State tied it up at 1-1 on a goal by Blake Lizotte at 8:32 in the second period. Mikey Eyssimont fired a shot on net that was initially save and Jon Lizotte fired the rebound on net, but the saves were made by Blacker. Blake skated in and cleaned up the rebound for his second goal of the weekend.

Western Michigan retook the lead, 2-1, on a short-handed goal by Paul Stoykewych at 14:22 in the second period. Stoykewych blocked a shot in the Huskies’ zone and then skated down the ice with the puck. WMU had a 3-on-1 rush but the senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, elected to fire the shot himself and beat David Hrenak on his glove side for his second goal of the season and first career short-handed goal.

St. Cloud State tied the game at 2-2 at 17:47 in the second period when Ryan Poehling scored his sixth goal of the season.

Western Michigan returns to Lawson Ice Arena for the first time since Dec. 9 to host Colorado College on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game has moved to a 6:30 p.m. start for national broadcast by CBS Sports Network. Saturday’s game will begin at the usual 7 p.m. and can be seen live on NCHC.tv. Tickets are available, starting at just $15 in the PNC Family Zone, by calling 1-888-4-WMUTIX and online at wmubroncos.com/tickets.

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