It’s the best of times at Western Michigan University.
The Broncos are making its names known in the college football realm, ranked 14th in the nation amidst a 10-0 start, joining Alabama among the lone unbeatens in the FBS, albeit in a Mid-American Conference not nearly as strong as the SEC. Did you have Western Michigan on your BCS watch list on Labor Day weekend? Stop lying, no you didn’t.
But need not pay attention to just the gridiron.
The Broncos have a pretty good hockey team, coming off its biggest win in quite some time with a 4-3 win over top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night. The Bulldogs came in riding high, with back-to-back weekend sweeps over top-10 ranked North Dakota and St. Cloud State. While Minnesota-Duluth returned the favor Saturday with 2-0 win, the Broncos were the first to blemish the Bulldogs record in the powerful NCHC.
The hero on Friday night? Look no further than sophomore Colt Conrad, a 5-10 forward from Manitoba.
Conrad, who entered the weekend with three points in eight games, he took things over on Friday night, scoring his first goal of the night in the first period to tie the game, 3-3, erasing a two-goal lead Minnesota-Duluth took early in the game. He ended things with 31 seconds to play in overtime with his second goal of the night to give the Broncos the two points.
Conrad has three goals and five points in 10 games this season, following up a freshman year in which he had 16 in 33.
Other NCAA stars of the weekend
Cam Brown, Maine: Brown factored in all five goals the Black Bears scored in Friday’s 5-2 upset win over fifth-ranked UMass-Lowell. He added an assist on Saturday, a 4-1 River Hawks win. The senior entered the weekend with four points in eight games, emerged a point-per-game player.
Brinson Pasichnuk, Arizona State: The freshman’s overtime goal on Saturday gave the Sun Devils arguably its biggest win in the history of its young program, a 5-4 win at New Hampshire.
Reto Berra, Springfield: The netminder not short on NHL experience stopped 51 of 52 shots that came his way in two games this weekend, both wins for the Thunderbirds. He stopped all 31 shots he faced in Saturday’s win over Binghamton. He’s 5-2 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage in AHL play this season.
Taylor Beck, Bakersfield: Beck had two goals and an assist in the Condors 3-2 overtime win over Tucson on Saturday. He has 12 points in his last five games.
Blake Pietila, Albany: The AHL Devils leading scorer had five points in two games this weekend, the latter of which he recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 win over St. John’s.
Stephen Dhillon, Niagara: The IceDogs netminder stopped 85 of 87 shots that came his way over the weekend. He’s made 38 or more saves in seven of his last eight games.
Maxime Fortier, Halifax: Fortier had 10 points in two games this weekend, including six assists in Friday’s 9-5 win over Sherbrooke. He’s got 35 points in 21 games for the Mooseheads. The undrafted 18-year-old is bound to pop up on the radar of NHL teams.
Sam Steel, Regina: The Ducks first round pick from 2016 extended his scoring streak to six games this weekend, putting up six points in a pair of contests for the Pats. He leads the WHL with 34 points in 15 games.
Matiss Kivlenieks, Sioux City: The Minnesota State commit stopped 69 of 72 shots in two games, both wins, as the Musketeers upped their winning streak to six games.
Jaxson Castor, Dubuque: The Fighting Saints goalie, bound for Arizona State, made 30 saves in the Fighting Saints 1-0 win over Green Bay on Saturday night, in which they were outshot 30-17.
Bo Hanson, Muskegon: The Lumberjacks defenseman had five points on the weekend, and now has 15 points in 16 games. He remains uncommitted.
Tereza Vanisova, Maine: The native of the Czech Republic had three goals and an assist in the Black Bears 4-1 win over BU on Saturday. She has 14 points in 13 games to lead Maine.
Kristyn Capizzano, BC: The Eagles freshman had four goals on the weekend, three of which came on Saturday.
Hanna Bunton, Cornell: Bunton had three goals and five points in a pair of wins for the Big Red.