The 20th ranked Western Michigan Bronco hockey team missed an opportunity to make a statement with poll voters. After winning a tight Friday night game 2-1 in Denver, the Broncos lost big on Saturday night to the No. 4 rated team in the country, Denver University. The Pioneers won 6-1.

Western never led the Saturday night tilt, though the game was close, with Denver opening the scoring in the 1st period, and Rhett Kingston tying it in the second. After that, it was all Pioneers.

Friday night's game in Denver was a thriller with the Broncos edging Denver 2-1, with goaltender Brandon Bussi's 35 saves leading the WMU to victory. Mattias Samuelsson and Ethen Frank scored for the Broncos who won their first game in Denver since 2014.

The Broncos take the Thanksgiving holiday weekend off, but then face another hot team when North Dakota comes to Lawson Ice Arena. Though rated #5, North Dakota is atop the NCHC, four points ahead of Minnesota-Duluth and six ahead of WMU, in third.


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