KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Dawson DiPietro and Wade Allison each collected four points Saturday as Western Michigan completed a weekend sweep with a 6-2 victory over Colorado College at Lawson Arena.
DiPietro notched a hat trick and added an assist, while Allison scored a goal and assisted on three others for the Broncos (9-9-4, 5-5-2-2 NCHC).
Hugh McGing opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at the 3:49 mark of the opening period. McGing took a pass from Cole Gallant from behind the net and beat CC goalie Matt Vernon from the slot.
Grant Cruikshank evened things up later on the same Tiger power play, as he cleaned up a couple of rebounds from Christiano Versich and Kristian Blumenschein and got the puck past WMU goalie Brandon Bussi for his sixth goal of the season at 4:53 of the first.
DiPietro gave the Broncos the lead for good at the 10:43 mark with his first goal of the game. He took the puck from the right corner to behind the net, then moved in front and his shot from the left side of the net slid off a CC defender’s skate and in for a 2-1 advantage.
The Broncos pulled away in the second period with three goals. DiPietro scored his second of the game at the 5:26 mark after a blocked shot from Austin Rueschhoff went right to DiPietro at the bottom of the right circle and he had an open net. Brett Van Os made it 4-1 at 17:27 after putting in his own rebound, then Wade Allison scored off another rebound with 8.8 seconds left in the middle frame for a 5-1 Bronco lead.
Alex Berardinelli gave the Tigers (8-11-1, 3-8-1-0 NCHC) a bit of hope early in the third period with a power-play goal at the 1:44 mark. Following a scrum in front of the Western Michigan net that saw several shots by the Tigers, Berardinelli was in the right place at the right time and scored his third of the season from in front.
That hope was short lived, however, as DiPietro collected his third of the game just 23 seconds later, completing an odd-man rush with Rueschhoff, who finished the game with two assists.
What Head Coach Mike Haviland Said
“The start was better (tonight), we had some real good looks.”
“Even down 3-1 I felt like we were still in the game, then we give up two goals in the last two minutes of the second. We can’t do that. Then in the third, we push and score and give one up right away.”
“We kind of take shifts off and we have to get better at that. If you don’t play consistently hard in the conference, you are going to get beat.”
“We are fighting the consistency of desperation and battle all the time. We have to pick up our chins for next weekend against Omaha.”
Colorado College Notes
Grant Cruikshank collected a career-high 12 shots
Connor Mayer posted a career-high five shots
Chris Wilkie’s five-game goal streak came to an end
Matt Vernon finished with 33 saves
The Tigers outshot WMU, 41-39
CC was 2-5 on the power play; Western Michigan was 0-1
The Tigers scored multiple power play goals for the fourth time this season
The Tigers host the Omaha Mavericks next weekend, Jan. 24-25.