Friday's state hockey: Top-ranked Michigan shocked by WMU at Yost, 5-2

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News

Well, that didn't last long.

Michigan hockey's perfect start to the season earned a No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2011 in this week's poll, but nobody told Western Michigan that it was facing a juggernaut.

FILE - Western Michigan forward Drew Worrad (13) skating with the puck against the Colorado College during an NCAA hockey game on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Omaha, Neb.

The No. 17-ranked Broncos marched into Ann Arbor on Friday night and dominated the Wolverines at Yost Ice Arena for a 5-2 win in Michigan's first game since becoming the nation's top-ranked team.

Ethen Frank netted the winner for WMU (3-0-0) in the second period as five different Broncos scored in the game. Michael Joyaux, Drew Worrad and Tim Washe each added two assists and Brandon Bussi stopped 23-of-25 shots to bring home the win.

Kent Johnson and Luke Hughes each scored for Michigan (4-1-0).

WMU went 2-for-3 on the power play while Michigan came up empty in six tries. WMU blocked 22 shots in the game.

The two teams will meet for a rematch on Saturday night at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo.

More state college hockey

No. 19 Bemidji State 5, Northern Michigan 4: Lukas Sillinger had a goal and an assist and Eric Martin had two assists for Bemidji State (2-3). Michael Colella and Hank Crone each had one goal and one assist and Andre Ghantous and Hampus Eriksson each added two assists for NMU (2-2). 

Ferris State 2, St. Thomas 1 (OT): Liam MacDougall scored in overtime and Brenden Rons added a goal for Ferris State (2-3). Trevor Zins scored for St. Thomas (0-7).

Lake Superior State 7, Union 4: Brandon Puricelli had two goals, Louis Boudon had four assists and Miroslav Mucha and Jacob Bengtsson each added three for LSSU (4-3). Michael Hodge had a goal and an assist and Brandon Estes and Cullen Ferguson each added two assists.

Michigan State 2, UMass Lowell 2 (OT): Drew DeRidder stopped 37-of-39 shots, Jeremy Davidson scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season, and David Gucciardi scored his first for MSU (3-1-1).

Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer.