BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Western Michigan outshot Bowling Green 38-23 and scored five second-period goals en route to the Broncos’ 8-1 win over the Falcons.
Up 3-1 at 14:22 in the second, WMU notched two goals within the next 2:09 for a 5-1 lead. The Broncos finished the second period with a 19-6 shot advantage.
Western Michigan (13-10-4, 7-9-3 CCHA) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period when its leading scorer, Mike Bishai, scored his ninth goal of the season at 4:46. The BGSU defense held for the remainder of the period, however, and the Falcons were down just 1-0 at the end
of the opening 20 minutes.
The Broncos opened up their lead early in the second period with goals from Dana Lattery at 5:50 and Austin Miller at 7:10 for a 3-0 advantage. The Falcons cut into the lead with a goal by Steve Brudzewski at 14:22, but Andy Townsend made it 4-1 at 15:09 and Pat Dwyer’s goal gave the Broncos a 5-1 lead at 16:31.
With 40 seconds left in the second, Chad Kline made it 6-1 with each team down a man.
Dwyer’s second goal of the night at 3:30 in the third, and a goal by Shaun Rose at 12:12 brought the final score to 8-1.
BGSU outshot Western Michigan 10-7 in the final period and killed off 11 power plays. However, the Falcons were 0-for-4 on the power play and had 12 penalties compared to WMU’s six.
WMU’s Jeff Reynaert had 22 saves in the net while Tyler Masters had 30 saves for Bowling Green.
The Falcons (7-17-5, 5-12-2 CCHA) and Broncos face off for their final regular-season game at 7:05 Saturday night in the BGSU Ice Arena.