Western Michigan hockey begin NCHC playoffs with best-of-three series vs. Colorado College

www.westernherald.com – RSS Results in sports* of type article No. 12 Western Michigan hockey will kick off postseason play in the NCHC quarterfinals against Colorado College at Lawson this weekend. The matchup will be a best two out of three series.The Broncos ended the season behind St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth and come in as the third seed while Colorado enters the series as the sixth seed in the NCHC.The last time these two teams met in the regular season at the end of February, they split their two game series. WMU’s road trip to Colorado Springs saw them win in overtime the first game and lose in the second game that Colorado won in a dominant fashion, 8-2.

The Broncos plan to make a more deeper run in the conference postseason than last year, looking to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. Last season, the Broncos lost to reigning champions Minnesota-Duluth in the NCHC Quarterfinals.WMU’s Keys to the SeriesFor the Broncos to have a chance and get past Colorado to advance in the NCHC tournament, they must keep up their dominant scoring play. The Broncos have scored a total of 120 goals this season, they stand behind St. Cloud who has 135 who leads the NCHC. WMU will need NCHC top scorers like Josh Passolt and Hugh McGing to continue their unstoppable play and continue to put the puck behind the goalie.The Broncos must also play top of the line defense throughout the series. Despite the losing overall record, Colorado has been known to be able to produce some offense. Colorado has averaged 2.86 goals per game this season, which is fourth in the NCHC.  WMU has done a great job of blocking shots this season as they have accumulated 519 blocks and stand in second place behind Colorado who has a total of  522.WMU will need goaltender Trevor Gorsuch to be at his best.  Gorsuch has …

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