KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Shayne Whittington scored 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting Saturday, leading Western Michigan to an 87-66 victory over Mount St. Mary's in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Whittington led a 60 percent overall shooting effort for the Broncos (8-4), including 67 percent in the first half. Darius Paul, who came in leading Mid-American Conference freshmen in scoring and rebounding, added 19 points, and Brandon Pokley scored 15, including three 3-pointers.
Rashad Whack led the Mountaineers (4-6) with 16 points, and Julian Norfleet and Sam Prescott scored 14 apiece. Mount St. Mary's shot just 40 percent from the field.
Western Michigan never trailed, leading 44-28 at halftime and by as many as 29 in the second half. The Broncos dominated inside, outrebounding the Mountaineers 40-21 and outscoring them 46-22 in the paint.
Not much separated the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. A late 2-on-0 goal for Brett Connolly proved to be the difference.
Here's why the Caps ultimately walked away with the 1-0 win.
A first period goalie interference call
Andreas Athanasiou thought he had given the Red Wings a first period lead, but Barry Trotz challenged the call for goalie interference. The review showed that Tyler Bertuzzi clipped Philipp Grubauer in the head with an elbow right before the shot went in. Given how long it took the Caps to get going in this game, it is fair to say an early deficit would have been hard to overcome.
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Killing off a full two-minute 5-on-3
Two man advantages are hard to kill. Killing off a full two-minutes at 5-on-3, that's a tall task. With the game still scoreless in the second period, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller were both assessed penalties giving Detroit two-full minutes at 5-on-3. The Red Wings managed four shots on goal, but Washington was able to successfully kill off the penalty and keep the game scoreless.
There were few players who had strong efforts on Tuesday, but Grubauer was phenomenal. Even when the game felt sleepy in the first two periods, Detroit still managed 28 shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by the German netminder. When Washington finally took the lead in the third, the Red Wings woke up and began pushing the offense, but Grubauer was in the zone at that point and could not be beaten. His best save came in the third period when he stared down a breakaway from Athanasiou and extended the pad to deny the shot.
It wasn’t pretty but the Caps eventually got what they needed in Detroit: two points.
After a sleepy first 40 minutes, Brett Connolly scored midway through the third period and then Philipp Grubauer made sure it stood up at Little Caesars Arena, where Washington eked out a 1-0 victory Thursday over the scuffling Red Wings.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals
For much of the game, Grubi was left to fend for himself. Good thing for the Caps he was up to the task. The German netminder, who has been one of the NHL’s top goaltenders since Thanksgiving, turned aside 37 shots, including three stops on a pivotal 5-on-3 penalty kill in the second period.
2-Brett Connolly, Capitals
The Caps didn’t get many Grade-A opportunities vs. Jimmy Howard. But Connolly buried one of the few they got…on a 2-on-0, set up by Jakub Vrana in the third period. Connolly’s goal was his 15th of the season in his 63rd game, equaling the career-high he set a year ago in 66 contests. Vrana, meantime, has three goals and five assists since getting scratched 12 games ago.
3-Lars Eller, Capitals
Eller didn’t record a point, but he was all over the puck in Motown. The veteran center finished with a game-high six shots on net. He also had a key backcheck against Darren Helm, on a shorthanded breakaway, in the first period. Eller was good in the dot, too, winning eight of 12 faceoffs.
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