BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The No. 7 Western Michigan University Broncos posted a four-goal second period en route to a 6-0 victory to open a nonconference series versus Bemidji State University Friday at Sanford Center.
The final deficit was the largest suffered by the Beavers on Sanford Center ice since the venue opened its doors in the fall of 2010 and marked the first time BSU has lost by six or more goals since Air Force earned a 6-0 victory over BSU at John S. Glas Fieldhouse Oct. 18, 2008.
The first period saw six penalties called, with the Beavers taking the brunt of the whistle getting booked for four infractions during the first 20 minutes of play. Serving six-minutes and 55-seconds of time in the box during the session, the team's penalty-kill unit answered the call, holding the potent WMU power play scoreless and allowed just three shots on the man advantage.
The Beavers were outshot 9-4 in the period but skated to the locker room with the score even at 0-0.
Western Michigan opened the second period with 1:05 of carry over penalty time and took full advantage. Chase Balisy scored his seventh goal of the season just 36 seconds into the session to give the Broncos the lead and ignite the WMU attack. Colton Hargrove, Mike Leone and Dane Walters would each go on to net a goal during the next 7:45 as the Broncos cruised into the second intermission clutching a 4-0 lead with a 20-11 edge in shots on goal.
Western Michigan controlled play or most of the third period adding goals from Hargrove, at the 7:51 mark, and Ben Warda, with 9:29 to go, to bring the score to a final 6-0.
The Broncos finished the night 1-for-4 on the man advantage, while the Beavers failed to score on any of their three power-play opportunities (0-for-3).
Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) got the start in net for the Beavers and surrendered all six WMU goals. He collected 21 saves on the night, but saw his record dip to 4-7-2 overall.
Western Michigan's Frank Slubowski turned aside all 15 of BSU's shots on goal en route to his third shutout of the season and improved to 12-5-2.
The Beavers, now 5-11-3 on the season, look to bounce back and gain a series split tomorrow when they again host WMU (12-5-2). The opening faceoff for BSU's final nonconference contest of 2012-13 is set for 7:07 p.m.