NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Western Michigan Falls To Denver In Double Overtime

For the first 55 minutes of its game against Denver, Western Michigan was in control. The Broncos were up by two goals with only five minutes to go, and a potential upset of the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional seemed to be in very good shape.

Unfortunately for WMU, college hockey games are 60 minutes long. 15:31 into the third period, Denver finally got on the board by scoring a power-play goal. The goal made this a 2-1 game in favor of Western Michigan, but that lead wouldn't hold up for much longer. The Pioneers scored 1:53 later to tie the game up at two goals each. Denver came close to breaking the tie as time was running out, but the puck squirted wide of the net, so this game was headed to overtime.

During the first OT, there were a couple of close calls, but neither team was able to light the lamp. As a result, the game went to a second overtime, and 11:14 in Denver's Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal.

The Pioneers advance on to the Midwest Regional final to play North Dakota, and Western Michigan's season is over. The Broncos gave it a good run and looked like they were going to be the ones to play North Dakota, but they just couldn't close Denver out in the third period.

For more on the NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream. SB Nation Detroit also has an NCAA hockey tournament bracket.

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