The Western Michigan Stallions hockey team completed the four-game season sweep over Eastern Michigan for the third consecutive season, taking Saturday’s series finale at home 7-3. The contest served as senior night for the Stallions and despite the lopsided final, Western Michigan didn’t lead until late in the second period.
The Eagles scored the only first period goal, coming from Joseph Smereck with 13:05 remaining. With 18:23 left in the second, Mark McGee put Eastern ahead 2-0. Then, Zach Mudge was able to tie the game with goals at 12:38 and 3:56 on the clock. On a powerplay goal at the 1:56 mark, Devin Farkas pushed WMU ahead before the second intermission.
The Stallions extended the lead to three in the third on a Colin Schieman powerplay score and a Zachary Roberts shorthanded strike. Brendan Adams got the Eagles back within two with 12:28 left, but the Stallions put the game out of reach with a goal by Wyatt Ford, followed by a Joey Olmsted powerplay score. For Olmsted, one of the seniors honored before the game, that was his first goal of the season, which drew a big reaction from the bench and crowd.
Western improves to 16-14-1-1 overall and 6-8-1-0 in Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League play. Eastern drops to 6-22-1-1 and 1-13-0-1. The Stallions have taken all 12 meetings between the two squads over the last three seasons.
Both teams have one regular season series left before reaching the league tournament. WMU has a home-and-home with Oakland, hosting them at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Wings West. You can listen to Friday’s game live on the Slocum Sports Network. The following night’s game is at Oakland at 8:30. EMU ends hosts Davenport Friday at 7 p.m., then travels to Davenport Saturday at 5:35.
Listen back to Saturday’s broadcast between WMU and EMU here: