The Western Michigan Stallions won their home opener in a late game which spanned Saturday evening into Sunday morning at Wings West, defeating the Lewis University Flyers 9-3. That win, combined with the 6-2 Stallion win from Friday at Lewis, gives WMU a 2-0 start to the season and Lewis a 0-2 start.
The Stallions’ Devin Farkas scored the first goal about three minutes in, assisted by Wyatt Ford. Lewis evened the game on a breakaway Nick Madej score with 11:49 remaining. They kept it tied for much of the period, despite WMU getting far more shots on net. Two minor penalties in quick succession killed Lewis in the final two minutes of the first. It took nine seconds of 5-on-3 hockey for Patrick Nicholson to find the back of the net and Zachary Roberts added one 42 seconds later for a 3-1 Stallion lead at the break.
The next two goals both went to Western Michigan, courtesy of Christian Sana. Lewis tried to stay alive with a mid-period score by Matt Anderson right off a face-off. However, Zach Kirsch matched him for WMU 32 seconds later, assisted by Kyle Berry. Berry scored himself with 4:22 remaining to take a 7-2 lead into the second intermission. Owen Ryan tallied Lewis’ final goal five minutes into the third. Roberts would score twice more for the Stallions, finishing the evening with a hat-trick.
Western Michigan had 43 shots on goal to 28 from Lewis, with Stallion goalie Myles Madden making 25 saves in the victory. The first four goals allowed by Lewis came against Sergey Markelov. He was relieved by Colton Edling, who fared no better.
The Stallions hit the road next weekend against the University of Pittsburgh. They return to Michigan in the first weekend of October, traveling to Calvin that Friday and hosting them Saturday. You can listen to the Saturday, October 7 contest live on the Slocum Sports Network. Lewis begins Northern Collegiate Hockey League play next weekend as they host Marquette.
Listen back to the late night broadcast below: