While Friday night's Bronco hockey game vs. North Dakota was a nail-biting scoreless thriller going into overtime, Saturday night's game was anywhere close to that, as the Broncos came out and got whupped by the No. 3 team in the country.

Coming on the heels of Friday night's excitement, this games was never close as the Broncos spotted the Fighting Hawks at 3-0 lead after the first period and it only got worse after that. North Dakota scored the only goal of the second period to make it 4-0.

Western's Cole Gallant made it 4-1, but the Hawks answered that, and then Austin Rueschhoff scored a power play goal to make it 5-2, before North Dakota added three garbage goals to wrap the game up.

It was an opportunity missed to make a statement against a ranked powerhouse, as the Broncos played their last game of 2019. The season picks up in early January when Western travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on Jan. 3rd and the second half of the home and home series in Sunday, Jan. 5th at Lawson.