Ice hockey in Western Michigan upset # 1 Michigan in Ann Arbor

Five different Broncos scored a goal at the Yost Arena on Friday night when the ice hockey team hit the 17th.

It was the first win for the Broncos over a No. 1 team since defeating Denver 5-4 on November 4, 2017.

WMU (3-0-0) scored goals from Aidan Fulp, Rhett Kingston, Ethen Frank, Dylan Wendt and Cole Gallant. Brandon Bussi made 23 saves in the season, while Michael Joyaux and Drew Worrad each provided two assists.

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After a back and forth, the Broncos withdrew their first blood at Fulp’s first career goal. The sophomore defender shot a shot from the center through a screen and hit the net to make it 1-0. Ronnie Attard made one assist and Josh Passolt made his second assist of the season.

Western Michigan sat 2-0 in the second period after 2:09 before Kingston’s first of the season. Washe threw a shot into the net and after a scramble for the rebound it went to the senior striker, who hit him just before the archway. Daniel Hilsendager also made one assist, his first this season.

The Broncos fought their first power play of the game minutes later and Frank buried a shot from the left circle for his team leader fourth of the year. The goal was set up by Joyaux and Worrad at 7:07 a.m. in the second.

Michigan finally made it through shortly after their own power play ended at 10:28 in the second game, reducing Western Michigan’s lead to 3-1. Luke Hughes scored from the right circle after Mackie Samoskevich pushed the puck through traffic towards Hughes.

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The Broncos responded to Wendt’s first college goal just 2:05 later. WMU caught the Wolverines alternately and Luke Grainger found Wend all alone in the left circle and he hit Portillo on the side of his glove. Grainger scored his first assist of the season and Cedric Fielder got his third.

Michigan cut their lead in the third period by 11:04 to 4-2 with a goal from Kent Johnson. Johnson steered a Hughes shot past Bussi for his first goal of the season.

The WMU sealed the victory with a power play goal from Gallant at 2:37 before the end of the game. Joyaux shot out of the right circle and Gallant tipped him into the net for his second goal of the season. Joyaux scored his second assist that evening, as did Worrad.

The Broncos beat the Wolverines 26:25 on the night and Michigan’s power play was ruled out at six chances.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday evening, this time in Kalamazoo at 7:05 p.m. The game can be followed live on NCHC.tv and heard live on the Bronco Radio Network on WKZO 590 / 106.9 FM.

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