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Broncos Blanked by North Dakota, 2-0

by Colin Windecker

Courtesy of WMU Athletics/Adam Bodnar

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Western Michigan fell at No. 9 North Dakota, 2-0, in front of 11,682 at Ralph Engelstad arena.

Lukas Hafner made 33 saves on the night but the Broncos were unable to get the puck past UND’s Zane Gothberg, who recorded the shutout with 18 saves. 

North Dakota netted to goals in 18 seconds at 17:21 and 17:39 in the second period to jump to a 2-0 lead and the only goals of the game. The first goal came on the power play as 

Stephane Pattyn deflected in a shot from the right point by Paul LaDue. 

Seconds later Rocco Grimaldi created a turnover in the WMU zone and found Luke Johnson open in the slot for his eighth goal of the season.

The Broncos were held scoreless on four power plays and held North Dakota to one goal on six chances with the man-advantage. 

With the loss Western Michigan will now be on the road for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference but first close out the regular season on Saturday night against North Dakota 

at 8 p.m.