(Kalmazoo Gazette) When he was 9 years old, defenseman Luke Witkowski visited Western Michigan University, watched a hockey game, went into the locker room and decided then he wanted to play hockey for the Broncos.
Ten years later, heâ€™s a freshman blueliner paired with senior Tyler Ludwig as the Broncos (4-3-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) prepare to host Lake Superior State in a home series Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. ...
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No.20 Michigan State Spartans 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 8 PIM
The Broncos put up a good fight, but dropped both games of a home-and-home with MSU this weekend. The Spartans scored a shorthanded empty netter to give the game its final score.
McGill Redmen 3 @ Harvard Crimson 3 (Exhibition, Friday)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 4 SOG
2008-09 season totals: 30 GP, 6-9-15, -10, 42 PIM
Harvard took to the ice for the first time this season in an exhibition game against McGill University, which is located in the sophomore Killornâ€™s hometown of Montreal. Harvard received 21 votes in the last USCHO poll, which technically ranks them at No.27.
No.7 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 5 (Friday)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
This was a game Vermont â€“ who had one first place vote in the last USCHO poll â€“ penciled in as a win.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Friday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Witkowski received his first two penalty minutes of his collegiate career. The rugged defenseman will likely have many more to come. He had 118 in 55 games last year for USHL Fargo, and 139 in 59 the year before for USHL Ohio.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Saturday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
A different day, but the same score and a second slashing penalty for Witkowski.
Mercyhurst Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The Broncos moved to 2-0 with a weekend sweep of the Lakers. Witkowski was minus-1 for the game.
Mercyhurst Lakers 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG
Witkowski made his collegiate debut for the Broncos after spending the last two seasons in the USHL. Even as a freshman, the former Fargo Force captain is expected to make an impact on the UWM blueline this season. Witkowski, a native of Holland, Michigan, had six goals and 22 points last year for Fargo, helping them to the USHL Finals.
Notes: Alex Killorn and Harvard begin their season with an exhibition game October 23. They start their regular season October 30 at Dartmouth ... Matt Marshall and No.11 Vermont are off until Sunday ... Recent Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall (BCHL Victoria) made his collegiate debut for Boston University Friday night. He was scoreless, even, and had one shot on goal as the No.2 Terriers lost to unranked UMass 3-2.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/6
Justin Courtnall scored his first goals of the RBC tournament to help Len Barrie's Grizzlies advance to the Final 4 ... Fargo needs a Game 4 win to keep Indiana from hoisting the Cup on North Dakota ice.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1
Fargo falls to 7-1 in the playoffs, 1-1 in the Finals ... RBC Cup opens with host Victoria snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.