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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan University defenseman Garrett Harr snapped a tie with his second goal of the weekend with 5 minutes, 27 seconds left in regulation, lifting the nationally ranked Broncos to a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence and to a split of the weekend non-league series between the two teams on Saturday.

The Broncos, ranked seventh in one poll and ninth in the other, trailed 2-1 heading into the third period despite a 26-12 edge in shots on goal, but rallied as defenseman Dan DeKeyser pounced on a loose puck and snapped it inside the post to tie it at 8:13. Harr, who scored the game-tying goal to force overtime in Friday’s 4-3 win for SLU, netted the game-inner on the power play just over six minutes later.

The Saints (1-1) had to weather a first-period storm and fell behind early as freshman Nolan LaPorte scored on a power-play shot from right in front over Saint goalie Matt Weninger’s shoulder just 2:41 into play. Weninger argued that he had been interfered with by a WMU player in the crease, but, after a lengthy video review, the goal was ruled good.

The Broncos (1-1) kept the pressure on in the first period, forcing Saint coach Greg Carvel to call an early timeout to try to slow WMU down. The Saints regrouped, came out of the period without further scoring, thanks to 13 stops by Weninger, and then grabbed the lead in the second period.

Kyle Flanagan scored his second goal of the weekend, taking a pass from Justin Baker in the short slot and whipped a shot past WMU goalie Frank Slubowski with George Hughes also assisting on a power play at 5:13. Flanagan scored his second of the night and third ofthe weekend as his power-play shot went off Slubowski’s pads and just trickled into the net from Greg Carey and Chris Martin.

The Broncos mounted some pressure early in the third. DeKeyser capitalized on a loose puck and traffic in front as he pinched in and put the puck inside the near post to tie it at 8:13 of the third from Mike Cichy and Luke Witkowski. Harr scored the eventual game-winner as he walked in from the point and shot from the faceoff dot, putting the puck over Weninger’s shoulder at 14:33 on a power play.

Weninger finished with 39 saves for the Saints, who were outshot 42-19 with SLU going 2-for-7 on the power play. WMU was 2-for-6. Slubowski finished with 17 saves for the Broncos.



The Saints will return to action with another tough nonconference road set, playing two at Maine on Oct. 19 and 20.

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