WMU Hockey Suffers O.T. Defeat
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Omaha’s Justin Parizek scored a goal off of a faceoff just 4:17 into the overtime period to beat Western Michigan, 2-1, in the first game of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Quarterfinal series at Lawson Ice Arena on Friday night.
After the Broncos had several chances to begin the sudden-death overtime, Mason Morelli won a faceoff back to Parizek and UNO’s captain beat WMU goalie Ben Blacker over his left shoulder for his 12th goal of the season.
Western Michigan struck first late in the first period. Colt Conrad intercepted a pass in the UNO zone. Conrad had Paul Stoykewych charging to the net just left of the slot and the sophomore forward dished it off to him and he punched it in the net for his second goal of the season. The assist was Conrad’s 14th of the season and his third in as many games.
Jake Randolph netted the game-tying goal at 9:#8 in the second period. Luke Nogard had fired a shot and Blacker made the save but the rebound kicked out to Randolph and he slid it into the net, squaring the game at 1-1.
Blacker finished the night with a game-high 35 saves, while Omaha’s Evan Weninger finished with 27. The Broncos were outshot by the Mavericks 37-28. Both teams finished the night scoreless on the power play, each going 0-for-2.
Game two of the best-of-three series is on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-888-4-WMUTIX or visiting wmubroncos.com/tickets. The game can also be seen live on NCHC.tv and heard on the Bronco Radio Network via z965fm.com.