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Bronco Hockey Stays Hot, Beats Colgate

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Wade Allison scored two goals and Colt Conrad had three assists as the ninth-ranked Western Michigan hockey team put up five goals on the third-best defensive team in the nation, beating No. 18 Colgate 5-3 at Lawson Ice Arena on Friday night.

Allison netted his ninth and 10th goals of the season for the Broncos (9-4-1, 5-1-0 NCHC), while Josh Passolt, Colt Conrad and Dawson DiPietro also had goals on the night. DiPietro had an assist for a multi-point game, joining his linemates Conrad and Allison. WMU outshot the Raiders 42-25 and limited them to just six shots on goal in the third period. Sophomore goalie Ben Blacker had 22 saves on the night, picking up his eighth win on the season.

Colgate got on the board first at 4:31 in the first period. Tyler Jeanson won the puck in front of the benches and dished it off to Ben Sharf. Sharf skated to the top of the right circle and scored on CU's first shot of the game, taking a 1-0 lead.WMU responded shortly after at 7:38 DiPietro centered the puck from the bottom of the right circle and Allison tapped it in for his ninth goal of the season to tie it up at 1-1. Colt Conrad also picked up an assist on the goal, his 10th on the season.

At 9:05 the Raiders retook the lead after a turnover in the neutral zone went to Tyler Penner. Penner skated into the right circle and threw the puck towards the crease. The puck bounced and fell to the skates of Paul McAvoy, who punched it in from in front of the net on the team's second shot of the game.

Western Michigan picked up the pace and ended up outshooting Colgate 12-7 in the first period, also hitting the post twice on shots by Cam Lee and DiPietro.

Allison netted his second of the night to tie it up just 53 seconds into the second period, punching in a rebound on a shot by Conrad to tie it up at 2-2.

Passolt gave WMU its first lead of the game at 7:42 in the second period. Austin Rueschhoff passed the puck off the Aidan Muir and the big senior forward took it to the net. He dished it off to Passolt and the freshman forward buried it for his fourth goal of the season, going up 3-2.

Colgate responded with a power play goal by Adam Dauda. Dauda lost the puck in the Bronco zone but an attempt to clear it bounced off of a Bronco defender and into the net to tie it up at 3-3.

With just 21 seconds left in the second period Courtnall netted the game-winner. Luke Bafia hit Ethen Frank on a stretch pass and the freshman forward skated it into the right circle. He ripped a shot and Colton Point made the save, but the rebound popped out into the left circle. Courtnall came charging up the ice and put it in the net for his first goal of the season and giving WMU the lead for good at 4-3.

DiPietro netted his eighth goal of the season at 16:00 in the third period to put the game away for the Broncos. One the power play Corey Schueneman fired a shot from the top of the left circle. Conrad tipped it between his legs on net with Point making the save. The rebound bounced out to the right circle and DiPietro finished to set the score at 5-3.

Western Michigan hosts Colgate on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

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