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Posted on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 11:18 p.m.

Michigan hockey beats WMU 5-2, earns weekend split with the Broncos

By Joseph Tobianski

The Michigan hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the third period of a 5-2 win over Western Michigan on Saturday night.

Mac Bennett snapped a 2-2 tie with a power play goal 3:33 into the period and A.J. Treais made it 3-2 with less than five minutes left to play. Kevin Lynch’s empty net goal in the final minute wrapped up the Wolverines’ weekend split with the Broncos at Yost Ice Arena.

“The Treais goal was a huge goal for us because (Western Michigan was) still banging on the door,” Michigan coach Red Berenson told “That team came in here and outshot us and they are a good team."

The No. 6-ranked Broncos (6-1-3, 4-1-1-1) scored their only two goals in the second period, briefly taking a 2-1 lead, when they controlled play and sent 13 shots at Michigan (7-2-1, 3-2-1-1) goalkeeper Shawn Hunwick.

Derek Deblois (first period) and Alex Guptil (second period) also scored goals for Michigan, which was outshot 32-21. Guptil’s goal came on the power play.

The Wolverines were 2-for-5 with a man advantage after being shut out on eight opportunities over their last two games.

“I think we had a few key mistakes and our penalty killing had been very good for us, but we gave up a couple of power play goals that we would’ve liked to have back,” WMU coach Andy Murray told the Kalamazoo Gazette. “We took a couple penalties we would’ve liked to avoid.

Hunwick finished with 30 saves for the Wolverines, who had their 20-game home winning streak snapped by the Broncos on Friday night.

"I think we were just hungrier tonight. I think that loss (Friday) night really fueled our fire,” Treais said. “We let it slip away in the third (Friday), so it was good to come out in the third and win this one."