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Western Michigan University Broncos not dwelling on scoring struggles against Miami

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Western Michigan hockey huddles in front of their goal before puck drop against Miami (WWMT/Luke Edwards)

It was over a year since Western Michigan University hockey had been swept at home, but that changed when Miami downed the Broncos on back-to-back nights on Jan. 2 and 3, 2021.

The Broncos scored first in both contests, but were unable to find additional goals losing to the RedHawks 3-1 on Saturday night and again on Sunday night 5-1. It wasn't for a lack of chances as the Broncos outshot the RedHawks in both games, but Miami net-minder Ludvig Persson had the hot glove having made 58 saves over the course of the two games. Despite, the Broncos struggles putting the puck in the back of the net, head coach Andy Murray said their only option was to move on.

"Really it's a situation where you have no choice. You can let it bother you and worry about it and so on, but it's not going to help you." Murray said.

Even though the Broncos didn't put a mark in the win column, Murray feels like his young team played well enough to win.

"We talked about that we played some really good hockey this weekend but we didn't get the results we wanted and it's a growing process with this young team," Murray said.

Freshman forward Luke Grainger netted the Broncos lone goal in the second game of the series and he had another scoring opportunity stopped by Persson and he echoed his coach saying the team played well.

"We got to regroup and kind of figure out what we need to do. I mean we did play well as a team. We think we had a lot of good chances and we outshot them in both games this weekend, so we just have to have a different approach to next weekend and kind of move forward and forget about what happened these two games this past weekend," Grainger said.

The Broncos would get an immediate chance at revenge as they travel to Oxford, Ohio, for a two-game series against Miami on Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, with puck drop being 7:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m., respectively.